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USA: Over 200 companies sign Supreme Court brief in support of LGBTQ workers

"Over 200 major companies sign Supreme Court brief in favor of LGBTQ workers," 2 July 2019

More than 200 major U.S. and international corporations signed an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court on Tuesday arguing that excluding sexual orientation and gender identity from federal civil rights law “would undermine the nation’s business interests.” “The 206 businesses that join this brief as amici... which range across a wide variety of industries... share a common interest in equality because they know that ending discrimination in the workplace is good for business, employees, and the U.S. economy as a whole.”

... The signatories include Airbnb, Amazon, American Airlines, Apple, Bayer, Bank of America, Best Buy, Domino’s, Facebook, GM, Google, Hilton, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Marriott, Macy’s, Morgan Stanley, Nike and Comcast-NBCUniversal... According to the Human Rights Campaign... [the brief] “has more corporate signers than any previous business brief in an LGBTQ nondiscrimination case.” The brief comes before the high court hears arguments Oct. 8 in three cases involving LGBTQ workplace discrimination... Without a federal law explicitly banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, a number of states across the United States have passed their own measures to outlaw such discrimination. However, it is currently legal in 26 states to fire someone solely due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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