Lamont Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision That Federal Civil Rights Laws Include LGBTQ Employees in the Workplace
Governor Ned Lamont today is applauding a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in which the court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. While state law in Connecticut already prohibits job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, today’s ruling means that federal law now provides similar protection for LGBTQ employees in the rest of the country.
The ruling is a loss for the Trump administration, which urged the court to rule that LGBTQ workers do not have civil rights protections in the workplace.
“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a long overdue win for LGBTQ Americans and a signal that despite the best efforts of the current administration, the United States continues to stand for equality and justice for all,” Governor Lamont said. “Nobody should be fired because of who they love or the gender in which they identify. I am proud to live in a state that explicitly extended these civil rights protections to LGBTQ workers many years ago, and now we can celebrate that federal law prohibits this type of discrimination in every state throughout the country.”
The case is Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia.
The LGBTQ pride flag is currently flying on the dome of the Connecticut State Capitol and also at the Governor’s Residence in Hartford in recognition of pride month.