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Court rules Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation April 4, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act does in fact protect individuals from workplace discrimination based on their sexual orientation. The ruling comes from a lawsuit filed by Kimberly Hively. In it, Hively alleges that Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend refused to hire her simply because she is a lesbian.

Chris Paulsen, campaign manager of Freedom Indiana, released the following statement regarding today’s ruling:

“This is a welcome decision for anyone who has ever been denied a job simply because of who they are. While today’s ruling should give LGBT Hoosiers hope, we still have a long way to go before Indiana truly treats all of its residents equally and fairly under the law. That’s because the state’s 2015 RFRA law still allows discrimination against Hoosiers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations. This is wrong. We at Freedom Indiana will continue our efforts to protect the state’s LGBT population from discrimination.” 

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