U. S. Supreme Court Decision to Prohibit Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

President Denise M. Trauth | June 15, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Today, the U. S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two separate but related cases (Bostock v. ClaytonCounty and Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  

The Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 -- which prohibits employer discriminationbased on race, color, religion, or national origin -- also  prohibits employment discrimination against people basedon their sexual orientation or gender identity, maintaining a layer of protection for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.  The Court’s opinion clearly states that “[a]n employer who fires an individual for merely being gay or transgender violates Title VII.”

I want to use this ruling as an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment set forth in Texas State University’s existing policy prohibiting discrimination. Our LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, and students can work without fear of discrimination or retaliation in an environment where they are not only accepted but are affirmed. 

I recently announced the establishment of a permanent LGBTQIA+ Advisory and Resource Network at Texas State with members providing valuable advice on support services and resources for our LGBTQIA+ community.  This Network is the result of one of the recommendations provided by the LGBTQIA+ Task Force I convened in January 2020.  

At Texas State, we are committed to building our capacity for inclusion and will promote an environment free of discrimination or harassment for all members of our university community. 


Denise M. Trauth