Attorney General Ford Issues Statement on Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Upholding LGBT Protections

June 15, 2020

Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding LGBT protections under Title VII.   The Court issued an opinion saying that the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Therefore, an employer who fires an employee simply for being a member of the LGBT community is violating Title VII.

“Today the Supreme Court delivered a landmark decision protecting LGBT workers from discrimination in the workplace,” said AG Ford. “At a time when many individuals are still facing discrimination, I’m proud of today’s anti-discriminatory message. Discrimination has no place in Nevada, and I believe every resident is entitled to equal protection under the law. I’m encouraged that the Supreme Court agrees.”

AG Ford has made protecting the LGBT community and their rights a priority. Accordingly, he filed an amicus brief in the case before the Supreme Court arguing that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected under Title VII. In a six to three decision today, the Supreme Court offered their first decision on LGBT rights since the retirement of former Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who previously wrote the majority opinions on the Court’s biggest LGBT rights decisions.