The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overruled circuit precedent Friday in striking a limitation on claims of discriminatory lateral job transfers and expanding the scope of federal anti-bias protections.

The 21-page opinion overturns a court ruling from 1999, Brown v. Brody, that held a person cannot sue over a lateral job transfer denial under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 unless they suffered “objectively tangible harm” as a result—even if the decision was based on race, age or sex.