Rep. Takano: 6th Circuit Delivers Another Landmark Victory for LGBT Rights

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), the first openly gay Member of Congress elected in the state of California and the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement in response to a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes. The court found that LGBT workplace discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

 “For the second time in two weeks, a federal court has found the LGBT workplace discrimination is prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is yet another landmark victory for the LGBT community and for all Americans who believe that every person is deserving of dignity, respect, and equal protection under the law.

“While I am gratified that our justice system is consistently recognizing the rights of LGBT employees, I am disappointed that it is currently the only branch of government to do so.

Congress must pass the Equality Act to ensure that LGBT employees are free from workplace discrimination, and the Trump administration must reconsider its cruel and antiquated policies toward the LGBT community.”

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