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AG Nessel joins effort to protect against LGBTQ employment discrimination

Posted at 4:05 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 16:05:27-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 21 attorneys general Wednesday to file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The brief argues that federal anti-discrimination laws should protect LGBTQ employees.

Shortly after Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the coalition filed the brief in three cases pending before the court that involve workers being fired based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The brief was filed in the Supreme Court cases of Altitude Express v. Zarda; Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia; and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, all of which were considered together by the court.

The coalition argues that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination against transgender people or on the basis of sexual orientation.

“Every Michigan resident deserves equal protection under the law,” said Nessel. “For too long we’ve allowed discriminatory practices to be carried out against members of the LGBTQ community and the idea that they could be denied an opportunity to support their families due to who they love or how they identify is appalling. What should matter is the quality of the individual’s work, not the sexual orientation or gender identity of the employee

The coalition argues that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity increases the already high rates of prejudice LGBTQ employees experience.

It also contributes to the increased harassment of LGBTQ employees in the workplace, ranging from the denial of jobs and promotions to physical and sexual assault.

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