In a rather interesting, and gay-friendly, surprise, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC] has ruled that existing civil rights law — from the 1964 Civil Rights Act — bars sexual orientation-based employment discrimination.
Yes, it’s been illegal since 1964 to fire someone based on their sexual-orientation … so cue rightwingnut heads exploding.
The ruling — approved by a 3-2 vote of the five-person commission — applies to federal employees’ claims directly, but it also applies to the entire EEOC, which includes its offices across the nation that take and investigate claims of discrimination in private employment.
It’s yet another step forward on the path toward equality, y’all, and appears that the EEOC ruling could … could … mean a win in the battle for Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act [ENDA].
The march goes on ….