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Federal Judge Rules Constitution Protects Gays against Employment Discrimination

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On Monday, a federal judge ruled that a gay Cuyahoga County worker can claim constitutional protection in her discrimination lawsuit against the county.

The ruling involves Shari Hutchinson, a woman working for the county child support enforcement agency. Hutchinson sued the county, claiming she was denied promotions because of her sexual orientation and administrators retaliated against her when she complained.

U.S. District Judge James Gwin ruled that Hutchinson’s claim falls under the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Hutchinson’s lawyer called the decision unprecedented.

The judge merely ruled that gays fall within the protections offered by the Equal Protection Clause; Hutchinson still bears the burden of proving her claims.

The judge also ruled that several of Hutchinson’s claims are barred by the statute of limitations.

Via Cleveland.com.

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