Supreme Court Affirms LGBTQ Federal Employment Protections

June 15, 2020 • 1:05 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that companies can’t unfairly fire or otherwise discriminate against LGBTQ people in the workplace. The ruling will directly improve the lives of 11.5 million gay, lesbian, and bisexual people and 1.5 million transgender people living in the U.S.

Kasey Suffredini, CEO and national campaign director of Freedom for All Americans, the only nationwide, bipartisan campaign to secure federal and statewide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans, released the following statement in response to the news:

“This victory is a watershed moment that will immediately improve the lives of millions of LGBTQ Americans. But even with this critical step forward, the work of securing comprehensive protections for LGBTQ people remains far from done. The harsh reality is millions of LGBTQ people face harassment and mistreatment in their daily lives, even outside of work. There are still shocking and critical gaps in our nondiscrimination laws, particularly in housing, public places, federal programs, and more. These gaps are exacerbated by a culture of systemic racism and an ever-present public health crisis that disproportionately affects vulnerable populations, making Black, indigenous, and LGBTQ people of color especially susceptible to harm.

“That’s why, regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, Congress must pass federal legislation that ensures all LGBTQ Americans are treated fairly with the strongest possible protections in every area of our lives, and states without nondiscrimination protections must pass state legislation as well. We know, as we watch the nation rise up against racism that perpetuates violence against Black Americans, that it takes more than laws to end systemic oppression. But laws prohibiting discrimination and addressing systemic racism are the least our country can do for its most vulnerable until our culture catches up. Until then, systemic racism  will expose Black, indigenous, and LGBTQ people of color to disproportionate discrimination across their lives and the pursuit of LGBTQ equality will be far from done.”

Recent data shows a majority of Americans across ideologies, age, and religious affiliation in all 50 states support passage of LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.


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