>> A Manhattan-based US Appeals Court ruled on Monday that the Civil Rights Act also protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The 10-3 decision was a blow to the Trump administration, which had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was not intended to provide protections to gay workers.
The appeal comes as a victory for the state of Donald Zarda, a former skydiving instructor who was fired from his job in 2010 after telling a customer that he was gay.>> She complained to her boyfriend, who then complained to the owner, who then fired my client, and we have the termination recording on tape as well.
>> Zarda died in a jumping accident shortly after the lawsuit was filed, but his ex-husband and his sister, now co-executors of his estate, kept the fight going. Back then the appeal by dozens of large companies, including Google, Microsoft, CBS, and Viacom.>> I think this is about the human condition and the right to be free from employment discrimination, and to protect your family.
>> The ruling was the second time an appeals court has decided that sexual orientation was protected from workplace discrimination. The US Supreme Court in December declined to take up a different case out of Georgia that explored the same question.