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Recent controversies aside, will the Equality Act impact employers?

On February 25, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act for a second time in recent years. This time, however, with Democrats in control of the Senate and the White House, the bill actually has a meaningful chance of becoming law, in at least some form. Among other things, the Equality Act amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to expressly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As it relates to employers, the proposed law would establish sexual orientation and gender identity as protected employee and prospective employee classes under Title VII (the section of the Civil Rights Act addressing employment discrimination and retaliation), which already covers race, national origin, gender and several other protected classes. Read more…