On October 8th, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for three cases centered around LGBTQ+ employment discrimination. The Court will decide if Title VII’s ban on workplace sex discrimination protects LGBTQ+ people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. We expect a ruling by May of 2020. Learn more about the three cases here.
If the Court rules that LGBTQ+ people are not protected by existing federal workplace protections, anti-LGBTQ+ opponents will use the same legal reasoning to attempt to overturn critical federal protections in housing, healthcare, credit, education and more.
But no matter how the Supreme Court rules on these cases, our work won’t be done. The current patchwork of protections across the country means that if an LGBTQ+ person traveled from Maine to California, their rights would change up to 30 times. Millions of LGBTQ+ Americans are vulnerable to discrimination every day because of a lack of comprehensive protections at the federal level.
That’s why CAN - along with over 150 LGBTQ+ community centers across the country - continues to urge Congress to pass the Equality Act. Read more about our work around the Equality Act here.