Target: Equal Opportunity Commission
Goal: Praise historic ruling that bars sexual orientation employment discrimination.
Employment discrimination based on sexual orientation has just been banned by the Equal Opportunity Commission. The Commission ruled that existing civil rights laws from the Civil Rights Act of 1964 substantiate this ban. This is a huge victory for the LGBT community, which up until this time in history, was not offered protection against employment discrimination. The commission concluded that “Allegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination of sex,” ensuring that gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers will now be protected from such discrimination.
The EOC found that sexual orientation discrimination constitutes sex discrimination for many reasons including that sexual orientation discrimination “entails treating an employee less favorably because of the employee’s sex” and also because it is “associations” discrimination based on sex.
The ruling was issued without objection from any members of the five person commission, demonstrating that it is time for gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers to be protected in the same way that a person identifying as heterosexual is. While it is true that only the Supreme Court can issue a definitive ruling on how it interprets the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in terms of sexual orientation discrimination, the Equal Opportunity Commission is “given significant deference by federal courts” according to Buzzfeed. The EOC has demonstrated that there is a need for federal law that clearly prohibits sexual orientation discrimination while also simultaneously encouraging gay, lesbian, and bisexual employees to file discrimination claims when needed.
LGBT activists, allies, and petitions from the ForceChange community like this, have helped this cause to gain momentum. Sign this petition to show your support of the ruling.
Dear Members of the Equal Opportunity Commission,
I am writing this petition letter to you show my support for the ruling that was made July 15th that stated that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination, and is therefore barred by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This monumental decision is a huge first step for the LGBT community, which has been fighting for employee protections from discrimination for years. It shows that the workplace rights of gay, lesbian, and bisexual employees are important and that they have the right to file a discrimination claim the same as someone who identifies as heterosexual.
It is time for LGBT workers to feel secure at their place of work. Your unanimous ruling sets an incredible example for the federal government and could serve as a catalyst for the federal government to create legislation that codifies your ruling.
Thank you for standing in solidarity with the LGBT community.
[Your Name Here]
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