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7 Rivers LGBTQ Center praises Supreme Court discrimination ruling

Brad Williams

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Civil rights laws in America protect gay and transgender workers from discrimination on the job. 

That major ruling came from the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. 

The decision could lead to a decrease in discrimination on many fronts, according to administrative assistant Deb Bassett of the 7 Rivers LGBTQ Center staff.    

Bassett says, for example, the ruling means you couldn’t fire a man for falling in love with a male co-worker if you wouldn’t fire a woman for the same reason. 

The ruling comes the same week that the 7 Rivers Center in La Crosse reopens after a three-month shutdown because of COVID-19.  

 Bassett had expected liberal justices to rule against discrimination, but was pleased to learn that two conservative justices joined in the 6-3 majority.

The ruling comes the same week that the 7 Rivers Center reopens after a three-month shutdown because of coronavirus.

The Center at 6th and Cass reopens Wednesday, and will be open three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday) from noon to 4 p.m. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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