LGBTQ employees are protected from workplace discrimination in New York City. An appeals court ruled Monday that gay employees can sue their employers if they believe they were fired based on sexual orientation. Previously, New York was not clear on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - which prohibits employment discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin" - applied to sexual orientation. According to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, however, it does.