Victory! The full bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled April 4, 2017 that discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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Lambda Legal represents Kimberly Hively, who charges that she was repeatedly passed over for full-time employment and was ultimately fired because she is a lesbian, in her claim against former employer Ivy Tech Community College.

Following an initial panel ruling upholding the dismissal of the case based on existing circuit precedent, GLAD and the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief in support of Hively’s petition to have the full court rehear the case, arguing the Court should not be bound to follow the existing Circuit rule because it is unworkable and leads to inconsistent results.

The Court heard argument en banc on November 30, 2016.