After DOMA: The New Battle For Gay Rights At Work

Dan Fastenberg
2 gay males kissing after supreme court decision
2 gay males kissing after supreme court decision

Pundits have been busy analyzing the impact of the Supreme Court's decisions, overturning the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and letting a ruling stand against California's Proposition 8. Whether other states will legalize gay marriage and how many couples will marry is still unclear. But one thing is clear: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans still don't have equal rights when it comes to the workplace.

According to Gregory Nevins, a staff attorney for Lambda Legal, the LGBT legal advocacy group, "not all that much" will change when it comes to LGBT Americans in the workplace. LGBT workers still aren't covered by the federal government's anti-discrimination laws for the workplace, which are spelled out in Title VII of the the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As the law currently stands, discrimination is only banned on the basis of "race, color, religion, sex and national origin." So LGBT workers have no protection if they're bullied or passed over for a promotion. And "there was nothing in the Supreme Court rulings that will change how courts interpret Title VII," according to Nevins.

But the marriage rulings do show how the courts are motivated to make sure that LGBT Americans receive rights and protections enjoyed by heterosexual Americans. So in the wake of the announcement here's where things stand -- and what to expect.