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Federal courts are divided over whether sexual orientation bias should be considered under Title VII, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

A health care specialist who has alleged his job offer was rescinded after his would-be employer learned he was gay should be allowed to bring a sexual orientation discrimination claim under federal civil rights laws, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told an appeals court Wednesday.

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