In the wake of Tuesday’s ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects against sexual orientation-based workplace discrimination, lawyers observed that employers will have to expand their anti-discrimination policies to adapt to the times.

The Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc, overturned an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel of the court just a year before. That decision upheld the dismissal of a discrimination lawsuit by an openly lesbian woman who had sued after she was denied faculty positions at the community college where she taught.

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