The Human Rights Commission is proud to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision during Pride Month.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 15, 2020, that the 1964 Civil Rights Act forbidding discrimination in employment does protect LGBTQ employees from unfair workplace actions, including termination.
The Human Rights Commission is proud to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision during Pride Month. Although Washingtonians have had the legal right to fair and equal treatment in employment in Washington since 2006, and have been able to file discrimination cases with the Human Rights Commission since that time, this is an historic decision. The decision represents a critical moral victory for LGBTQ people everywhere, and certainly a legal victory for people who live in states that lack state law protections. This decision also affirms the right of LGBTQ people to be heard in federal courts on matters of employment discrimination.
The Court’s decision is also important as it serves to repudiate the current administration’s erosion of the civil rights of transgender people, and of civil rights of the American people in general. We hope that this ruling indicates that LGBTQ people nationwide will finally gain equality in all areas of life including education, places of public accommodation and health care. All people should be able to thrive and reach their full potential in all that they strive for in life.