A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation violates the Civil Rights Act, in what was hailed as a landmark decision by gay rights advocates who have fought for years to expand workplace protections. 

The opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, overturns an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel of the court just a year before.

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Ben Hancock

Ben Hancock is the Data Editor for ALM Media and Law.com. He is based in San Francisco.