In times of homophobia criminalization in Brazil, it is good to know that other countries and societies are taking similar steps in protecting communities. LGBTQ. Recently, the Apple joined more than 200 US companies to request that the Supreme Court consider including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender / transgender workers (in addition to all other classifications) in its anti-discrimination laws.
The companies signed a amicus curiae to, if possible, assist the Supreme Court in the prosecution of three cases that will be considered in the coming months, two of them involve workers who claim discrimination based on sexual orientation by their employers, and the third deals with alleged discrimination against transgender workers in approved laws. by the Trump government.
In addition to Apple, several other technology giants signed the document, such as the Google, a Microsoft, a Amazon, O Facebook, a Adobe, O Dropbox, a Uber, O eBay and the Salesforce. Together, the companies have more than 7 million employees and more than $ 5 trillion in annual revenue.
Companies say they are dedicated to creating an environment of inclusion and equal treatment in their space, and need the support of the Supreme Court to ensure that this guarantee is registered in accordance with the law. More specifically, companies request that Article 5 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which probes that employers discriminate against employees on the basis of sex, ethnicity, color, nationality or religion, also includes people from the LGBTQ community.
By confirming that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited by Article 5, this Court would remove an artificial barrier that restricts the free flow of resources, ideas and capital.
O amicus curiae The complete, signed by companies can be read on the Human Rights Campaign website (PDF). The US Supreme Court, however, is not expected to try the cases until October, when it returns from summer recess. We kept cheering for good news until then.