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Supreme Court ruling could affect gay rights in the workplace

No matter where you are in the United States, you may deal with discrimination if you're part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. While your rights may have come a long way, there is still some distance to go, especially in the workplace.

Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not allow people to be discriminated against based on their gender or sex, a man who claims he was fired for being gay in Georgia is taking his case to the Supreme Court.

On Oct. 8, the Supreme Court will determine if Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also guarantees protection from workplace discrimination for transgender and gay people, even in states where no such protection is allowed currently.

While experts believe that there should be no issue with the court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs, the reality is that it's not clear if gay rights will be upheld until that ruling is made. The case poses the question of whether the prohibition of sex discrimination also includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Defendants, including the Trump administration, say that it does not, while attorneys with the plaintiffs argue that it does.

The plaintiff, in this case, said that he had a good time at his job until he jointed a gay recreational softball league. Then, just a few months later, he was fired for conduct stated to be "unbecoming" of an employee of the county.

This is a case to watch closely moving forward, as it may make significant changes to laws and policies across the U.S.

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