Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The 1964 Civil Rights Act and LGBT Rights

Could the 1964 Civil Rights be used to protect LGBT rights? Maybe:

Exactly 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law is being interpreted to protect LGBT workers.

The Civil Rights Act prohibits various forms of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The question for LGBT advocates is whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which in part prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sex, also applies to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming workers.

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