On Monday, June 15th, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed that Title VII prohibits most employers from discriminating against LGBTQ workers. The affirmation noted that sexual orientation and gender identity are included in the definition of sex discrimination within Title VII.
This ruling protects millions of LGBTQ Americans, and over 180,000 LGBTQ Missourians, in employment. For the first time in our country, there is not a patchwork of employment protections for LGBTQ Americans. Yet, we acknowledge this win as only part of the equation. These protections, and more, could have been secured sooner through the passage of the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA), which seeks to expand the Missouri Human Rights Stature to protect LGBTQ Missourians in housing and public accommodations in addition to employment. While this ruling is one to celebrate, it is also a powerful reminder of the work we have left to accomplish to reach full equality for LGBTQ Missourians.
Join us Tuesday, June 23rd at 5:30 pm as we discuss what this ruling means for LGBTQ Missourians, the work we still need to accomplish at the state level, and answer your questions.