Illinois Attorney General files SCOTUS amicus brief in support of LGBTQ employees

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Supreme Court of the United States in Washington. (Image by skeeze from Pixabay)

Supreme Court of the United States in Washington. (Image by skeeze from Pixabay)

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed an amicus brief in the LGBTQ discrimination case currently at the United States Supreme Court.

The AG’s office announced the filing on Wednesday with a press release. Raoul is filing the brief with 20 other attorneys general. 

Other states joining in the brief are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

The brief is being 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, which are being considered together by the court. In their brief, Raoul and the coalition argue that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination against transgender people or on the basis of sexual orientation.

“No employer has the right to fire an employee based on who they love or who they are,” Raoul said. “I am committed to standing with my fellow attorneys general to fight workplace discrimination by ensuring that all employers are made to follow federal anti-discrimination laws.”

Two of the cases, Altitude Express v. Zarda and Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, involve employees who were terminated from their jobs after their employers learned they were gay. Raoul and the attorneys general argue in their brief that Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination based on sex encompasses discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation. The third case, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, involves a transgender woman who was fired by the funeral home where she worked when she asked her employer for permission to dress in accordance with her gender identity. In the brief, Raoul and the coalition state that Title VII prohibits discrimination against transgender people based on sex stereotyping or their gender identity.



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