6/15/20: Caucus Statement Workplace Discrimination

Caucus Statement on Supreme Court Discrimination Ruling

For Immediate Release Contact: Chesley Hinds
June 15, 2020 Office: 512-463-0613

(TEXAS) — Today, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the workplace, also protects LGBTQ employees from being fired because of their sexual orientation. The court said that it is “illegal for an employer to rely on an employee’s sex when deciding to fire that employee,” and that “an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.”

The Texas House LGBTQ Caucus issued the following statement: “We are thrilled to witness this landmark ruling which will extend basic federal workplace antidiscrimination laws to gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals. While there is a long way to go towards ensuring comprehensive antidiscrimination protections in settings such as housing, adoption, healthcare, and many others, this national victory marks historical progress in civil rights law, effecting millions of Americans. Our work is far from over, and our caucus is committed to continuing these advances with a broad and inclusive agenda, including proposing comprehensive antidiscrimination legislation next session.”

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6/15/20: Texas House LGBTQ Caucus Statement on Supreme Court Workplace Discrimination Ruling