December 1, 2016 / 6:56 PM / in a year

7th Circuit could be poised to grant gay workers Title VII protections

Several U.S. appeals court judges on Wednesday appeared ready to rule for the first time that federal anti-discrimination law offers protections for gay workers, which would be a major victory for the gay rights movement.

Sitting en banc, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard arguments in the case of Kimberly Hively, a former adjunct math professor at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana who says in a 2014 lawsuit that she lost her job because she is a lesbian.

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