YOU CANNOT BE FIRED FOR WHO YOU ARE.
On June 15, 2020, The US Supreme Court ruled to protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people to work without fear of being fired or discrimination because of their sexual identity, gender identity, and gender expression. This 6-3 ruling said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person’s sex, among other factors, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status.
Across the nation, 21 states already have their own laws prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, with seven provide that protection only to public employees. While those laws remain in force, today’s ruling means federal law now provides similar protection for LGBTQ employees in the rest of the country. We are grateful for partners like the @ACLU for their role in arguing this case.
This landmark win follows on the heels of last week’s rollback of health care protections for transgender health and the murder of two transgender women of color, reminding us to celebrate the success of this ruling but our work must continue to push towards complete equality and equity for all in queer communities.
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Structural Police Reform Policy Watchlist
Repealing Section 50-A (A10611/S8496) PASSED
Makes complaints against officers, as well as transcripts and final dispositions of disciplinary proceedings available to the public. Passed the Legislature on 6/10/2020.
State Troopers and Body Cameras (A8674A/S8493) PASSED
Requires state police wear body cameras.
Duty to Provide Medical Attention (A8226B/S6601B) PASSED
Police officers and other law enforcement representatives or entities have a duty to provide attention to the medical and mental health needs of individuals who are under arrest or otherwise in their custody.
Reporting Discharged Weapons (A10608/S2575B) PASSED
Requires a law enforcement officer or peace officer who discharges his or her weapon under circumstances where a person could be struck by a bullet to immediately report the incident to his or her superiors.
Office of Special Investigation (A1601C/S2574C) PASSED
Creates an office of special investigations within the Attorney General’s Office.
Law Enforcement Misconduct Office (A10002B/S3595C) PASSED
Establishes the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office within the Attorney General’s Office.
Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act (A6144B/S6670B) PASSED
Establishes the crime of aggravated strangulation for police officers who use chokeholds or similar restraint that cause serious physical injury or death.
Right to Monitor Act (A1360A/S3253A) PASSED
Affirms that a person not under arrest or in custody has the right to record policy activity and to maintain custody and control of that recording and of any property or instruments used to record police activities.
Penalty for Biased Misuse of Emergency Services (A1531B/S8492) PASSED
Amends civil rights law to makes it a hate crime when people calling 911 make a false accusation based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Senate and Assembly passed different versions of this bill.
STAT Act (A10609/S1830C) PASSED
Enacts the Police Statistics and Transparency (STAT) Act which requires courts to compile and publish racial and other demographic data of all low-level offenses including misdemeanors and violations. The bill also requires police departments to submit annual reports on arrest-related deaths for submission to DCJS, the Governor and the Legislature.