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Civil Rights Act protects gay and lesbian employees from workplace bias, court rules

Civil Rights Act protects gay and lesbian employees from workplace bias, court rules

A federal appeals court in Chicago on Tuesday ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay and lesbian employees from workplace discrimination, the first time a federal appellate court has come to that conclusion.

The decision by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals comes after it threw out a July finding by three of its own judges that the law doesn't cover sexual orientation bias and ordered a rare rehearing by the full court, a session known as an en banc hearing.

It also comes as President Trump's administration has begun setting its own policies on LGBTQ rights. Late in January, the White House declared Trump would enforce an Obama administration order barring...

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