CHN on landmark Supreme Court victory for LGBTQ workers: ‘Our country’s march toward ending systemic discrimination continues on many fronts’
Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Tuesday, June 16 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling outlawing discrimination against LGBTQ people in the workplace:
“At a time when millions of Americans are marching in support of black lives and to dismantle systemic racism, the Supreme Court Monday took an important step toward reversing another form of discrimination. The Court’s landmark 6-3 ruling banning discrimination against LGBTQ people in the workplace is a major step toward equality. In applying Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to LGBTQ people, the Court affirmed the principle that everyone should be free from discrimination in employment, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
“But our work is not done. Discrimination against LGBTQ people still exists – and is still legally permissible – in many areas, including access to stores, restaurants, and hotels; in federally funded programs such as hospitals, colleges, and adoption agencies; and in so many other ways. And it is a cruel irony that in the middle of the current COVID-19 crisis, LGBTQ people can still be denied access to the care they need. Our country’s march toward ending systemic discrimination continues on many fronts.”