Supreme Court weighs whether LGBTQ workers are protected from discrimination

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By Richard Hack

This past Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States opened its docket for the 2019-2020 year with major cases focused on the legality of discrimination against gay and lesbians in the workplace. The outcome of these cases will ultimately determine the job security of some 8 million U.S. workers–1 million transexual workers and 7.1 million gays and lesbians.

According to the Williams Institute, there are currently 22 states, plus the District of Columbia, that have statutes protecting workers based on sexual orientation. Twenty-one states plus DC have statutes protecting workers from discrimination based on gender identity.

A decision is expected to be announced in June 2020.

Richard Hack is an award-winning author and journalist; and an outspoken advocate for equality in business and government, as well as neutrality in news media.

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