Attorney General Becerra Joins Amicus Brief to Defend Employees from Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Thursday, October 12, 2017
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SACRAMENTO  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined 17 fellow attorneys general in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the United States Supreme Court to protect employees who face discrimination based on their sexual orientation. In Evans v. Ga. Regional Hospital, the Court is considering whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The amicus brief emphasizes the importance of securing nationwide protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace.

"In California, state law prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ employees at work,” said Attorney General Becerra. “All hardworking Americans deserve that same protection in their workplaces. It is critical that the court recognize that federal law provides that safeguard. California is inclusive and forward-leaning, and we will continue to protect the rights of our LGBTQ community members.”

Attorney General Becerra is a leader in fighting for equality for the LGBTQ community in California and across the nation – including transgender studentsveterans and servicemembers. He also implements the California law that prohibits state-funded travel to states that discriminate against LGBTQ communities.

A copy of the brief filed today is attached to the electronic version of this release at www.oag.ca.gov/news.

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