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  • CLUW Supports Landmark Supreme Court Decision Protecting LGBTQ Workers
    Posted On: Jun 18, 2020

    In a landmark decision on Monday, 6/15, the United States Supreme Court announced a historic ruling that protects LGBTQ workers against workplace discrimination! Before Monday, in the majority of states in America an LGBTQ person could be fired just for being gay or transgender with no protection from the law. Not today. In this unlikely time an amazing victory has been won and CLUW is proud to support this monumental Supreme Court decision.

    CLUW President Elise Bryant shared the following words "In the midst of this tipping point time in America, the Supreme Court made a historic decision against workplace discrimination affecting LGBTQ workers! CLUW joins with our sibling organization, Pride at Work, in celebrating this moment in history. As we all know, our work to end discrimination and bigotry is not done, but it sure feels great to hear some good news for a change!"

    This win was a result of the cases brought by Aimee Stephens, Gerald Bostock, and Don Zarda. Aimee was fired by her employer after coming out as trans, and Gerald and Don were fired for being gay. Today the Supreme Court made it clear that what happened to them was not just wrong—it was illegal. We encourage you to read this statement from fellow AFL-CIO constituency group Pride at Work for more context about this decision.

    While this is a massive win, in many states it's still legal to deny housing or other public services to LGBTQ people, and the LGBTQ community still faces disparities in healthcare, education, and more. That’s why we need Congress to pass the Equality Act—landmark legislation that would explicitly provide these protections. The House of Representatives passed the bill last year, and now it’s time to pressure the Senate to do the same. Tell Your Senators to Pass the Equality Act Now!

    No one should face discrimination simply because of who they are. Thank you to all the work that has been done to result in this historic decision and we are ready to fight for even more! 

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