A federal appeals court in New York City ruled Monday that gay employees are allowed to sue their employers for discrimination under federal civil-rights law, a significant ruling on an issue that has split courts across the country and could be headed for the Supreme Court.
The decision by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals follows a similar ruling last April by appeals judges in Chicago. After a federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled the opposite way last year, the plaintiffs in that case appealed to the Supreme Court, which declined the petition.
The divided appeals rulings make it more likely the Supreme Court will take up the issue.
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