The Supreme Court ruled today that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This landmark decision protects millions of LGBTQ+ workers under federal law from being fired, harassed, denied promotions or otherwise discriminated against based solely on their identity. Previously, less than half of US states had passed laws banning employment discrimination against LGBTQ+ workers.
DPNM Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement regarding today’s ruling:
“This ruling marks another critical step forward in LGBTQ+ Americans’ fight for full equality. No one should lose their livelihood based on who they are or who they love. Thank you to all of the incredible activists who have continued to fight for this kind of sweeping change. Today we’re proud to celebrate alongside all those who are free to be themselves without fear of discrimination, and we’re recommitting to our work to advance LGBTQ+ rights in all areas of life.”