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Wed Jul 3, 2019, 12:21 PM

More than 200 companies tell Supreme Court to apply job discrimination laws to sexual orientation, g

Source: USA Today

More than 200 companies tell Supreme Court to apply job discrimination laws to sexual orientation, gender identity

Richard Wolf, USA TODAY Published 8:20 a.m. ET July 2, 2019 | Updated 1:59 p.m. ET July 2, 2019

WASHINGTON More than 200 companies urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to apply the nation's job discrimination laws to sexual orientation and gender identity.

In three major civil rights cases the justices will hear when they return to the bench in October, the companies which together employ more than 7 million workers and have more than $5 trillion in revenue said "the U.S. economy benefits from a diverse workforce."

The cases from New York, Michigan and Georgia involve workers who claim they were fired because they were gay or transgender:

A New York skydiving instructor, Donald Zarda, said he was fired because he was gay. He has died, but his sister and life partner continue to press the case.
A Georgia county government employee, Gerald Bostock, alleged he was fired from his job as a child welfare services coordinator because he is gay.
A Michigan transgender woman, Aimee Stephens, said she was fired from the funeral home where she worked for six years as Anthony Stephens because of her transition.

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"Laws forbidding sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination are not unreasonably costly or burdensome for business," the companies argued in legal papers submitted to the high court. "Only a uniform federal rule can enable businesses to recruit and retain, and employees to perform, at their highest levels."

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Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/02/major-companies-urge-supreme-court-approve-lgbtq-job-protections/1625927001/

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