The ruling, which LGBT rights organizations are hailing as a "game changer," stems from a case originating in South Bend, Indiana.
A former part-time instructor in South Bend accused Ivy Tech Community College in her suit of not hiring her full-time because she's lesbian.
Federal laws don't protect people who claim workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
During a contentious meeting Monday the council ultimately voted in favor of an ordinance to expand LGBT protections.
The latest summary report of incidents on IU’s campus motivated by bias show increase in a two groups.