Fresh: Over 200 major companies sign Supreme Court brief in favor of LGBTQ workers

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Somewhere in the United States today. A gay or Transgender individual is losing their job for simply being themselves and it is completely legal.

Yesterday, more than 200 major U.S. and international corporations signed an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court on Tuesday arguing that excluding sexual orientation and gender identity from federal civil rights law “would undermine the nation’s business interests.”

“The 206 businesses that join this brief as amici collectively employ over 7 million employees, and comprise over $5 trillion in revenue,” the brief states. “These businesses — which range across a wide variety of industries (and some of which are even competitors) — share a common interest in equality because they know that ending discrimination in the workplace is good for business, employees, and the U.S. economy as a whole.”

They argue “no one should be passed over for a job, paid less, fired, or subjected to harassment” due to “their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The brief, filed by several LGBTQ-rights groups, argues that LGBTQ people deserve to share in the fruits of a free market economy, with “the opportunity to earn a living, excel in their professions, and provide for their families free from fear of unequal treatment.”

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