July 3, 2019 // Boston, MA – Today, Trillium joins a coalition of LGBTQ civil rights organizations, including HRC, Lambda Legal, Out Leadership, Out and Equal, and Freedom for All Americans in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity/expression discrimination under existing federal civil rights laws. In a trio of cases, the U.S. Supreme Court could decide whether LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – which prohibit sex discrimination in contexts ranging from employment to housing, healthcare, and education.
Trillium believes prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity/expression discrimination in the workplace is good for employees, good for employers, and good for the U.S. economy. Research also has shown that corporate policies that foster inclusive workplaces by supporting LGBT employees lead to more positive business outcomes, lower staff turnover, and increased job satisfaction and productivity. Failure to protect LGBT employees from discrimination hurts workplace productivity and talent retention. Trillium joins this friend-of-the-court brief alongside companies like Apple, Cisco, Deutsche Bank, eBay, John Hancock, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, MasterCard, Morgan Stanley, Nike, PayPal, Starbucks, and many others. The landmark brief has more than 200 signers – more corporate signers than any previous business brief in an LGBTQ non-discrimination case.
Trillium remains committed to supporting public and corporate policies that protect LGBT people from discrimination. We will continue to press portfolio companies to include LGBT workers in their non-discrimination policies. Through 35 years of shareholder engagement, Trillium has helped ensure that dozens of companies in which we invest provide an inclusive workplace for hundreds of thousands of LGBT employees and their co-workers.
The full text of the amicus brief can be found here.
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