Contradictory rulings on gay rights under Title VII: High Court showdown imminent?

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A federal appeals court in Chicago just ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. But the ruling actually muddies the waters on the issue for employers.

That’s because there have some contradictory rulings on whether or not Title VII actually protects individuals from sexual orientation discrimination.

First some background on the recent Chicago ruling in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College.

Denied a full-time position due to sexual orientation

In 2014, the LGBT rights group Lambda Legal brought forward a lawsuit against Ivy Tech Community College on behalf of a

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