206 well-known companies send letter to Supreme Court to protect “gender identity” – [SEE FULL LIST]

Over 200 well-known companies have all signed on to an Amicus Brief, a letter to the Supreme Court, urging the court to enshrine federal protections for LGBTQ and “gender identity” from discrimination:

AP – More than 200 corporations, including many of America’s best-known companies, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The corporations outlined their stance in a legal brief released Tuesday by a coalition of five LGBTQ rights groups. The brief is being submitted to the Supreme Court this week ahead of oral arguments before the justices on Oct. 8 on three cases that may determine whether gays, lesbians and transgender people are protected from discrimination by existing federal civil rights laws.

Among the 206 corporations endorsing the brief were Amazon, American Airlines, Bank of America, Ben & Jerry’s, Coca-Cola, Domino’s Pizza, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Nike, Starbucks, Viacom, the Walt Disney Co. and Xerox. Two major league baseball teams, the San Francisco Giants and the Tampa Bay Rays, were among the group.

In their brief, the companies argued that a uniform federal rule is needed to protect LGBTQ employees equally in all 50 states.

“Even where companies voluntarily implement policies to prohibit sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination, such policies are not a substitute for the force of law,” the brief argued. “Nor is the patchwork of incomplete state or local laws sufficient protection — for example, they cannot account for the cross-state mobility requirements of the modern workforce.”

These companies admit they have policies that address these protections, but don’t feel that’s good enough. They want to force their policies on everyone by trying to convince the Supreme Court to enshrine these protections within its rulings this fall.



The list of companies is quite long and I’ve posted it below for you. Just click “Show Company List”. I assure you that you will recognize MANY of them on this list.

 
One notable omission from this list is Verizon. I fully expected to see their name here, as it seems every other mobile provider was listed. But they chose not to sign on to this list for whatever reason.

Read the full letter here.

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