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LGBT Americans have no rights under federal law, DOJ says DOJ brief contradicts EEOC ruling

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer LGBT Americans are not protected by federal civil rights law, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a brief filed July 26. DOJ intervened in a lawsuit brought by a Gay skydiving instructor, Donald Zarda, who charged that his employer fired him because of his sexual orientation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1967. The suit is now being heard by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency charged with enforcing civil rights laws in the workplace – agreed with Zarda that Title VII’s ban on discrimination based on sex also covered sexual orientation. The EEOC has maintained that Title VII bans discrimination based on sexual orientation since 2014, saying it is based on sex stereotyping, and therefore discrimination on the basis of sex. The agency ruled in 2012 that Title VII bars d

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