76 Major Companies Petition SCOTUS To Back LGBT Employment Rights: Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft

The Associated Press reports:

Some of America’s most well-known companies are urging the Supreme Court to rule that a federal employment discrimination law prohibits discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation, a position opposite of the one taken by the Trump administration.

The 76 businesses and organizations – including American Airlines, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Starbucks and Microsoft – filed a brief Wednesday encouraging the high court to take up the issue. They want the court to take a case out of Georgia in which a gay woman who worked as a hospital security officer says she was harassed and punished for dressing in a male uniform and wearing her hair short. Jameka Evans, who worked at Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah from 2012 to 2013, ultimately left her job and sued.

The question in her case is whether a federal law barring workplace discrimination “because of…sex” covers discrimination against someone because of their sexual orientation. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under President Barack Obama took the view that it does. But President Donald Trump’s administration has argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on gender but doesn’t cover sexual orientation.

See the full list of 76 corporations at the bottom of the amicus brief.

  • Tawreos

    If this works then the GOP may overturn citizen’s united and stop saying corporations are people.

    • WildwoodGuy

      You are always SO optimistic! I wish I could be, but IMO, if the SCOTUS does *ANYTHING* on this, it would be an extremely narrow decision… and Citizen’s United would remain the law.

    • M Diaz

      thats a good thing!!!

  • Leo
    • gaycuckhubby

      Fuck him…
      Right in his orange face

    • Gustav2

      They really don’t give a shit:

      FEMA: Not our job to distribute food and water in Puerto Rico

      http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/d-block-puerto-rico-1067297859792

      • The_Wretched

        I’ve never once heard FEMA say in the past that the local mayors were responsible for primary distribution.

      • marshlc

        So can someone look into whether this is always the case, and they operate under the same principles in Texas and Florida? This should be a pretty easy one to get some facts about. C’mon Rachel!

    • TexasBoy

      Then every single Puerto Rican should relocate to the US mainland, hopefully to a red state and vote Democrat.

      • clay

        And even before then, there should be massive protests at the White House and at FEMA headquarters. This is an issue House Reps and Senators should be called on– they have oversight responsibilities.

        • don

          PR’s are brown, don’t have oil. US could care less…

      • ChrisMorley

        They are already on their way

        Arrival of Puerto Ricans post-Hurricane Maria could have big impact on Florida
        – As many as 100,000 people are arriving from Puerto Rico, potentially transforming the Sunshine State’s housing, education, employment – and politics

        https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/12/florida-puerto-rican-influx-hurricane-maria

      • Daniel E. Duclo

        Please make it Alabama!

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    I wonder how many employees / American citizens, the total of all the corps & orgs represent?

  • TexasBoy

    Given the current make up of the SCOTUS, I really not overly hopeful about winning any civil rights cases for several years.

    • northern_neighbour

      Yeah, but otoh, if Merrick Garland had been confirmed by (resentful) consent of the GOP fascists in the Senate instead of an unprecedented bald faced revolt against the 44th President … if Garland had been confirmed AS HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN … instead of the big FU he received … things would be different, …

      … also if the petition came from 76 GOP billionaire donors that would go down well with Roberts perhaps. He is so impressed by enormous INDIVIDUAL wealth.

      Reality, however, now is the PAINFUL Math of Thomas/Alito/Roberts/GORSUCH/ and/+ whither Kennedy? (The only possible path to a just decision, and he really believes in “religious freedom” as we know, … but this could be a moment of epiphany in his case … but not holding my breath here. Argggggghhhhh!

      SCOTUS is hopelessly corrupt with these White Supremacists sitting on the ramparts. And we can include ‘Oreo’ judge Thomas as a defacto White Supremacist. Just like Ben Carson, it seems.

      • don

        Thomas is utter garbage. Scalia’s step n fetchit…

        • Steverino

          Thomas’ appointment by George H. W. Bush was a big cynical FU to the work and legacy of Thurgood Marshall.

  • j.martindale

    This is all occurring piecemeal. There are a hundred battles over religious “freedom,” employment rights, adoption rights and on and on. The SCOTUS needs to come to grips with the fact that it all comes down to the fact that much of America continues to believe that LGBT people are not equal, and that the Constitution purportedly guarantees equal protection..

    • clay

      (It always occurs piecemeal, even when we think there’s an actual revolution.)

      • Todd20036

        Yup. Just ask black people, women, Latinos, etc….

  • Frostbite

    I smell a boycott coming on! 76 major companies that should stay out of social issues! 76 that are “doomed to fail”. Who buys Apple products anyway? AirBNB is for hipsters and rapists. BASF, didn’t cassette tapes die long ago? We all know Starbucks is full of semen! Weebly, who are they???

    • Bill Castellani

      This was so dumb and incorrect that I hope it was scarcasm.

      • JCF

        Obviously.

  • rednekokie

    President Moron still doesn’t realize that laws in the USA apply to all its citizens, whether he likes the sexual orientation of them, or not.

    • yes b’y

      thanks for the chuckle…and that’s president fucking moron to you

      • rednekokie

        Your welcome, but I wouldn’t promote fucking him with anyone’s dick. Yechhh!

  • another_steve

    American Capitalism is the single-most important element here on out in the struggle to secure full LGBT equality. American Capitalism: greed, raw greed.

    Queers are among American businesses’ best employees. We’re among their loyalist customers. They need us.

    Perhaps they love and respect us too – but first and foremost, they need us.

    • Daniel E. Duclo

      But sadly we need more voices in congress not board rooms. Otherwise we are an Oligarchy rather than democracy.

      • don

        We’ve been an oligarchy since the 1980s, according to a study by Princeton.

      • another_steve

        The way I see it, it’s all cleanup from here on out.

        Marriage equality was the tipping point. It mainstreamed us into the fabric of U.S. society, for better or for worse. Someday, LGBT people, as well as women, will be officially recognized protected classes at the federal level. Women first, then queers. In that order.

        That’s long-term. Our economic power is controlling now.

        Starbucks and Co. has more influence on young people and their moral/ethical/social outlook than all of American government – local, state and federal – combined.

    • HozillaSmallpox

      I will add that most LGBT do not have children therefore we have more disposable income. Alienating us can have consequences.

    • Randy503

      I agree, but temper it with the fact that for many people, religion trumps American Capitalism. Under normal circumstances, yes, what corporations want, they get. But the one exception is when it comes to gays and religion.

      I am reminded of the law study once done a long time ago when Rehnquist was the most right wing justice on SCOTUS. The study analyzed how he voted, and it was 100% consistent:

      If the case was Corporation vs. Government, he voted for the the Corporation .
      If the case was State or Local Government vs. Federal Gov’t, the Feds got the vote.
      If the case was individual vs. any Government, the Gov’t got his vote.
      If the case was individual vs. corporation, the Corporation got his vote.

      Of course, if he was in the majority, then that’s how the ruling went down. You can bet that Gorsuch, Alito and Robert follow a similar pattern. But now there is new one:

      If the case is LGBT vs. anyone, they vote against LGBT.

      That’s been true of all the Republican appointees. So I would just say that normally corporations win the day with Republican appointees, but the one exception is that we homos are just SO extraordinary that they are willing to go against corporations to satisfy the cravings of an imaginary god.

      • another_steve

        “…for many people, religion trumps American Capitalism.”

        I suspect bigotry usually takes a backseat to economics. Both in the macro and the micro.

        If you’re a god-lovin’ bible-totin’ Christian from Tennessee and you have to choose between putting food on your family’s table and following your church’s bigoted dictates, which do you do?

        Refuse to work in a company where your boss is openly gay and you earn a decent wage or kiss your bible and say “no siree, no gay boss for me”?

  • fuow

    Not a chance in hell we’ll win equal rights under this court. All you gay men who stayed home or voted “Green” in November 2016 deserve this. The rest of us do not.

  • dogdadny

    I’d like to see these corporations threaten (or hint at it) to pull their products from other large companies who haven’t joined the petition or worse fight against it.

  • The_Wretched

    While this effort by the companies is good, it’s a little scary that rights now depend largely on whether or not you have agreement from the board rooms. It makes board members into ‘supercitizens’ or an upper-class that must be won over to protect various minority groups.

  • Jerry Kott

    Don’t you just love trickle down Equality? I didn’t choose to be a US Citizen, I was born that way.

  • Blah blah blah blah

    If they’re serious, they’d stop donating to anti-lbgt politicians and parties (i.e. Republicans).

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/opinion/silicon-valley-takes-a-right-turn.html

    • M Jackson

      “WTF Microsoft?”

  • andrew

    Kudos to these 76 major corporations for this stand.

  • Gregory Antollino

    I argued a case before 13 judges of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in which 50 employers supported me on the same issue. Decision pending. I asked Joe several times to report on the case, but was unsuccessful.