The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in a 3-2 decision that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Stating that these claims fall under Title VII’s sex discrimination protections, the EEOC decision paves the way for further clarification within the courts. While EEOC rulings are not binding upon courts presented with employment discrimination claims, they are considered persuasive authority.
This decision marks a big step forward in recognizing the legal rights of gay, lesbian, and bisexual employees. You can read the text of the opinion here.