Supreme Court Says Existing Federal Law Protects LGBTQ+ Workers On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LBGTQ+ workers from being discriminated against at work. The original law states that it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees for a number of reasons, including a person's sex. The Supreme Court considers sexual orientation discrimination to be a form of sex discrimination. The ruling is a landmark win for LGBTQ+ advocates. Less than half of U.S. states previously had laws in place protecting the community from job discrimination. According to NBC News, the Trump administration urged the court to rule otherwise. Justice Department, via NBC News Justice Department, via NBC News Title VII was also ruled to outlaw discrimination against trans employees in a separate case.