Appeals court extends some protection to LGBT workers - KMOV.com

Appeals court extends some protection to LGBT workers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri appeals court says state law allows people to sue for sex discrimination if they believe they were treated unfairly because they didn't conform to stereotypes of how men and women should act.

Missouri law doesn't prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. But a Missouri Court of Appeals Western District panel ruled Tuesday discrimination based on sex stereotypes is a legal basis for a sex discrimination lawsuit.

A gay male sued in 2014, claiming he was discriminated against at his state job because he didn't conform to his bosses' beliefs about how males should behave. A female co-worker claimed she was discriminated against because she associated with the man.

Tuesday's ruling says a person's sexual orientation is not relevant if the discrimination is based on sexual stereotypes.

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