Over 70 businesses are pushing for protections against sex discrimination to extend to LGBTQ persons. Major corporations including Facebook, Google, Starbucks, CBS Corporation, and Lyft are urging the Supreme Court to hear out and rule on the case of Jameka Evans, “who is challenging a lower court ruling that sexual orientation is not a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Lambda Legal filed the appeal.” According to the coalition, excluding sexual orientation or LGBTQ persons from Title VII undermines the business interest of America.
Historically the federal government has been reluctant to grant protections to the LGBTQ community, especially under a conservative regime, however things have changed for the better for the community over the past 10 years. In 2015, gay marriage was legalized in all states showing that the possibility of gay rights may expand further in the future. Currently 23 states and the District of Columbia “protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation, the remaining 27 states do not.”
The most recent push from corporations could have significant influence similar to the Bathroom Bill take down in North Carolina. The current trend of corporate support on social issues seems to only be gaining steam and LGBT protection from discrimination may be around the corner.