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Supreme Court's LGBT Employment Ruling: One NKU Law Professor's Take

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John Minchillo
Revelers march through downtown Cincinnati during the Cincinnati Pride parade, Saturday, June 27, 2015. The day before, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide.

Last week, in a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal law prohibits any employment discrimination against people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

The landmark decision saw two of the court's conservative justices join four liberals in determining that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes employment protections of LGBT people in addition to forbidding discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law Professor Jack Harrison is an expert in the field of employment discrimination, and was a partner at Frost Brown Todd, where he was the first openly gay person elected partner at a large Cincinnati law firm, according to his NKU bio. In addition to teaching at Chase, Harrison is of counsel at Cors & Bassett.

Harrison was among those who filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case, advancing an interpretation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

He joins Cincinnati Edition to talk about the case and what it means.

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