FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in three cases to determine if Title VII allows for LGBTQ workers to have federal civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. A decision is expected by June 2020.
This is a pivotal moment for our community. While discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is currently a violation of federal laws that prohibit discrimination based on sex, our community still lacks comprehensive, explicit federal protections in many aspects of daily life.
Earlier this year CenterLink joined 57 other civil rights organizations in filing a “friend of the court” brief in support of upholding Title VII protections for LGBTQ people. Additionally, over 150 LGBTQ community centers across the country continue to urge Congress to pass the Equality Act, which would provide national, consistent non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in all aspects of life. Read more about our work around the Equality Act here.
The ability to be treated with dignity and respect should never depend on who you are, who you love, or what zip code you call home.