Friday, May 17, 2019

Equality Act Passes House


While it has little chance of becoming enacted in the near future, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act today by a vote of 236-173.  Among other things, the Act would prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  From the Washington Post:

"Despite a sea change in the past decade in public opinion regarding gay rights and the legalization of same-sex marriage nationally, 30 states have no laws protecting people, and proponents argued that the measure would create a national standard."

The timing of the Act demonstrates how this issue has been front-and-center in recent months, as the Supreme Court has also agreed to review Title VII's coverage this fall (see Jeff's post here).

- Joe Seiner

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