How Is It Still Legal to Fire Someone for Being Gay?

A New York court ruled today that firing an employee based on sexual orientation is against the law – but the legal battle isn’t over yet

Is it illegal to fire people because of their sexual orientation? Ask most people this question and you’ll get the same answer from almost 90% of them – of course it is. Unfortunately, though, in most places in the country that answer is wrong and it is perfectly lawful to do so. Today, however, a New York federal appeals court took a major step toward correcting that wrong, one that if adopted throughout the country will finally protect gay and lesbian people from being fired because of who they are.

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