Employment Law

Title VII

Title VII protects individuals based on their gender, but does it protect people because of their sexual orientation?

No, Title VII does not cover employees from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. For many years, measures have been introduced into Congress to add sexual orientation to the list of protected characteristics in Title VII, but none of the measures has passed. In November 2007, the House passed 235 to 198 the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007, which would amend Title VII to add sexual orientation. However, the measure did not come up for a full vote in the Senate. President Barack Obama indicated his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act during his campaign.


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