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76 Corporations Demand SCOTUS Rewrite Civil Rights Act of 1964

In October of  2013, Jameka Evans voluntarily quit her job as a security guard at Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah, GA. A year and a half later she sued her former employer for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. She alleges she was “targeted [by her supervisor for termination” because, according to Evans, “it is evident that I identify with the male gender because I presented myself visually (male uniform, low male haircut, shoes, etc.).”

However, The U.S. District Court in Savannah ruled Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not confer special protection status on the basis of sexual orientation or “gender nonconformity” and dismissed her case for failure to plead an actionable claim.

That is when Lambda Legal, an organization of LGBT legal advocates, appealed Evans’s case to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which subsequently upheld the lower court’s ruling. Lambda Legal is now taking the case to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Lambda Legal is also a leading actor in the legal challenge against the Trump administration’s policy of maintaining pre-Obama restrictions on transgender military service.

Earlier this week, 76 corporations filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to rewrite the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include “sexual orientation” under the scope Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination “because of… sex.” The following companies have signed the brief:

AdRoll
Affirm
Airbnb
AltSchool
American Airlines
Apple
BASF Corporation
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.
Betterment
Brandwatch
Caldwell Partners
Carnival
CBS
Celtra
Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company
Citrix Systems
City National Bank
Coach
Cornerstone Capital
Deutsche Bank
Diageo North America
DoorDash
Dropbox
Eastern Bank
eBay
Edelman
The Estee Lauder Companies
Facebook
FiftyThree
General Assembly
Google
Gusto
HopSkipDrive
IAC/InterActiveCorp
Indiegogo
Intel
Kargo
Levi Strauss & Co.
Linden Lab
LinkedIn
Lyft
Mapbox
MassMutual
Mastercard International
Match Group
Miami Heat
Microsoft
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Morgan Stanley
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
NIO U.S.
OBOX Solutions
On Top of the World Communities
Out Leadership
PayPal Holdings
Pinterest
RBC Bank (Georgia), N.A.
RBC Capital Markets
RealNetworks
Replacements
Rhapsody International Inc. d/b/a/ Napster
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Royal Bank of Canada
salesforce.com
Shutterstock
Spotify USA
Starbucks
Sun Life Financial
Tampa Bay Rays Baseball
Thumbtack
Trillium Asset Management
Uber Technologies
Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical
Viacom
Weebly
Witeck Communications

  • rvandegrift

    The list reaffirms some companies I boycott and others I will add to my list due to their support of immoral and unnatural human behavior. When humanity denies its integrity and morality, there is no moral compass anymore and the world drifts in darkness! Come, Lord Jesus, come!

    • Joshua West

      Please spend this list to all your friends & then ask them to do the same & so forth … Boycotting these businesses is the way to go!

  • James Bryson

    Aside from being morally vacant and constitutionally cross-threaded their appeal to SOCTUS seems really smart.

    • Joshua West

      Start a chain reaction by spending this info out to everyone you know & then ask them to do the same…. Vote with your $!

  • TheKnowerseeker

    We desperately need a conservative-cultured tech company to compete with the big names in tech: Apple, Google, Microsoft….