WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union representing federal and D.C. government employees, is hailing a landmark Supreme Court ruling that affirms employees cannot be fired for their gender or sexual orientation.
The Supreme Court ruled that employers cannot fire employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity because it would be a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“This 6-3 opinion is a huge win for the LGBTQ+ community and ensures that workers never again have to worry about losing their jobs just because of their gender or who they love,” said AFGE National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices Jeremy Lannan. “Finally, workers no longer have to worry about losing their income for proudly and comfortably being who they are at work.”
AFGE has been a proud, ongoing advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, with a department dedicated to promoting the civil and human rights of federal and D.C. government workers.
“We are proud of our union’s ongoing commitment to the fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community, and we will continue our efforts to ensure equal protections for all workers,” said AFGE National President Everett Kelley.
“We hope this victory will serve as a launching pad for efforts to secure equal protections and access for the LGBTQ+ community across this nation,” added Lannan.