Supreme Court Affirms LGBTQ+ People Have the Right to Work Under Title VII
June 15, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the Supreme Court of the United States released its rulings on three cases that affect whether a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) person can be fired or never hired for whom they love or for being who they are. Each decision affects the extent that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ+ people.
Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National, released the following statement.
“PFLAG families across the country are celebrating and breathing a little easier today, knowing that their LGBTQ+ loved ones are protected from employment discrimination. Today’s 6-3 opinion on Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Altitude Express v. Zarda, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC stands to affirm the Civil Rights Act of 1964, reminding us that all people — inclusive of LGBTQ+ people — deserve the rights and protections of the Constitution.
“This is a momentous step, but there remains much more work to protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination. During this time of pandemic, historic unemployment, healthcare limitations, and civil unrest to end systemic racism and white supremacy, PFLAG members are keenly aware that federal law does not fully protect our LGBTQ+ loved ones, especially transgender people of color, especially Black trans people. When the U.S. rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of these protections for LGBTQ+ people will become abundantly clear. Without protection, banks and landlords will not have to extend payment leniency for credit or housing as they would for other protected groups, and LGBTQ+ people will still be excluded from access to public services, public education, public spaces, and jury duty.
“As PFLAG members march and work to effect lasting, systemic change to end racial injustice and support Black lives, we recognize that among those systemic solutions is passage of the Equality Act to ensure people who need housing, education, credit, and health care get it. We need the U.S. Senate to join the House and pass the Equality Act.”
ABOUT PFLAG NATIONAL
PFLAG National is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. To learn more, visit pflag.org, like us on Facebook (/pflag), or follow us on Twitter (@pflag) or Instagram.
PFLAG is an organization of LGBTQ+ people, parents, families, and allies who work together to create an equitable and inclusive world. We are hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of chapters from coast to coast who are leading with love to support families, educate allies, and advocate for just, equitable, and inclusive legislation and policies. Since our founding in 1973, PFLAG works every day to ensure LGBTQ+ people everywhere are safe, celebrated, empowered and loved. Learn more, find support, donate, and take action at PFLAG.org.
Laura McGinnis (she/her),
Sr. Manager, Press and Public Relations
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