The Trump administration Friday filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that gay workers are not protected by federal civil rights law. The filing came exactly one week after the administration argued the same for transgender workers. The brief was submitted in combined cases concerning Gerald Bostock, a gay man fired from his job as a child welfare services worker by Clayton County, Georgia, and the late Donald Zarda, a gay man fired from his job as a skydiving instructor by New York company Altitude Express.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT rights in the United States have significantly progressed over time, with the majority of the progress on LGBT rights having taken place in the late 20th century and early 21st century. While the United States Supreme Court has legalized many LGBT rights, they continue to vary by jurisdictionand discrimination in jobs and housing is still legal in most states. The Equality Actwhich is currently proposed in the United States Congresswould outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity nationwide.
R oughly half of Americans think federal law bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Despite four years of nationwide same-sex marriage, despite rapidly growing cultural acceptance for LGBTQ people, despite extensive annual Pride celebrations—these Americans are wrong. In the spring, the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a sweeping bill that would prohibit anti-LGBTQ discrimination in all aspects of public and commercial life, without any religious exemptions.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Story highlights Bill would protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees from workplace discrimination It's the first time the Senate has passed LGBT worker protections House opposition strong, so chances of it becoming law are slim Ten Republicans vote for the bill in the Senate.
The Trump Justice Department, reversing its previous stance under President Barack Obama, will argue that it does not. Wednesday's proposed rule for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will clarify that government contractors may make employment decisions that align with their religious beliefs. While the rule states that contractors may not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or other protected statuses, it is likely to prompt criticism from Democrats as tacit permission to discriminate against LGBTQ employees.
Many states and localities prohibit bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, as well as harassment on the basis of one's sexual orientation. Fewer extend those protections to cover sexual identity. Protections at the national level are limited.
The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. The federal government released its draft Religious Discrimination Bill yesterday. Read more: The government has released its draft religious discrimination bill.
A month ago, the Democratic-controlled U. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which would codify anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in areas such as healthcare and housing into federal law. Some supporters of the bill say the disconnect between the public perception and the actual protections afforded to LGBTQ people shows a need to drum up support for the legislation. Supporters of the Equality Act believe federal safeguards are necessary.
Customer Non-Discrimination Act The Customer Non-Discrimination Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of to prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in public accommodations. Additionally, it would update the public spaces and services covered in current law to include retail stores, services such as banks and legal services, healthcare providers, and transportation services. It would amend RFRA in order to restore the original intent of the legislation by specifically exempting areas of law where RFRA has been used to bypass federal protections.
On Thursday, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. David Cicilline are set to propose historically broad non-discrimination bills that will protect Americans from losing their jobs—or from being evicted from their apartment or other forms of discrimination—because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Supporters of the bills are using the fact that marriage is newly legal in all 50 states as both a springboard and justification for this next battle to win civil rights for the LGBT community.