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The Minnesota Department of Human Rights Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

6/15/2020 10:37:37 AM

[St. Paul, MN] Today is an important day for civil rights. The U.S. Supreme Court decided in a 6-3 ruling that an employer cannot fire an employee based on their sexual orientation or gender identity under federal law.

“Today, the highest court in the country affirmed that discrimination against LGBTQ+ workers is illegal. Since 1993, Minnesota’s civil rights law has prohibited discrimination on the basis of someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation. The decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court echoed this fundamental right,” said Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero. “Particularly for trans women of color and gender nonconforming individuals who experience higher rates of discrimination and violence, this ruling will have a profound impact for decades to come.”

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is the state's civil rights enforcement agency. If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of discrimination or bias call Minnesota's Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or submit this /mdhr/intake/consultationinquiryform/index.jsponline form.

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