NGLCC Celebrates Second Circuit Court of Appeals Decision That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Barred By Existing Law

February 26, 2018

Washington, D.C. -- The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, celebrates the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates federal law.

The Court found that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion, includes sexual orientation discrimination as a form of gender discrimination.

"Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the belief that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is unlawful and harmful," said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson. "Allowing workers to bring their full selves to work ensures that they will continue to thrive, the companies they work for will thrive, and as a result, the American economy will thrive. For over fifteen years, NGLCC has advocated for this type of inclusion in the workplace and we're very pleased that the Second Circuit has taken this encouraging step towards eradicating workplace discrimination."

NGLCC continues to assert the business case for protecting the millions of hard-working, tax-paying Americans who fuel the U.S. economy. This includes America’s estimated 1.4 million LGBT business owners who create tens of thousands of jobs and add over $1.7 trillion to the economy, per NGLCC’s groundbreaking America’s LGBT Economy Report.

”In partnership with the organizations and corporations who actively support LGBT protections, NGLCC will advocate for codifying these protections into federal law and ensuring the American Dream is accessible to every American,” said NGLCC Co-founder and CEO Chance Mitchell.

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The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. | @NGLCC

Jonathan Lovitz
Senior Vice President, NGLCC
[email protected] | @jdlovitz