The Supreme Court ruling on protections for LGBTQ workers


We have two angles this morning on yesterday's Supreme, court decision outlawing an entire category of on the job discrimination. I'm David Brancaccio. We're following the Supreme Court ruling that the federal antidiscrimination law originally enacted in one, thousand, nine, hundred, sixty, four, does protect lesbian gay bisexual entrance, people from discrimination in hiring and on the job more than twenty states and some municipalities had laws against this kind of bias, but human resources, experts say companies should now update language and employee handbooks to explicitly make clear that discrimination. Discrimination based on sexual orientation will not be tolerated. Harassment and discrimination can arise in any workplace marketplace's Mitchell Hartman now looks at schools both public and private with the Supreme Court six to three decision that employers may not engage in gender gender-based discrimination against Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans Employees. lgbt educators will finally have the protection travel was deserved and be able to do their jobs free. That's Elisa buyer. Executive Director of the Education Advocacy Group glisten. She says until now lgbt teachers and more than half of US states have had little or no legal protection from employment discrimination. We had an example of a teacher of the year in Texas suspended for having come out to students in her classroom because they asked about a picture of her spouse. The Supreme Court decision will cover teachers and administrators. Administrators employed by public and charter schools as well as many private schools, but there's a clear carve out for religious employers, says cal State Long Beach. Legal Scholar Jason. Whitehead supposed to score as majority, opinion does acknowledge that churches are exempt from many federal civil rights laws, and that will likely include most private religious schools Tom Paul teaches law and sexuality at Seton. Hall University and is an advocate for. Employment Protections certainly won't reach into any sort of parochial school environment. There is a law federal on the books. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act that certainly would protect religious institutions in this regard to be free to discriminate as it were meanwhile in the wake of yesterday's Supreme Court decision. Trump administration education secretary, Betsy Devos faces increasing pressure to issue new federal guidance, protecting lgbt teachers and students from gender-based discrimination. I'm Mitchell Hartman for marketplace? Advocates at the American civil liberties. Union spent years on the cases that led to yesterday's High Court decision, and we're especially pleased. At the six to three majority vote by the justices I spoke with Gabriel Arcus a senior staff attorney with the ACLU'S LGBT and HIV rights project. He was an attorney for one of the plaintiffs in one of the cases that led to yesterday's ruling. He told me activists are still pushing for Congress to pass a law on equality that would make some related forms of discrimination illegal. It still critical that we've got the equality act passed. It closes a few important gaps. Federal Discrimination Law. So for example right now it is against the law to discriminate on the basis of sex in employment and housing. But it's not against the law to discriminate because of sex in what's called public accommodations which are places that are open to the public like stores or movie theaters restaurants, so a business under this ruling cannot dismiss an employee for their sexual orientation, but it still might be legal for business to say that lgbtq customers can't stay at our hotel or something. That's exactly right. That's what the lies right now. And that by the way is true for anyone who's experiencing sex-discrimination, so it's been against the law for quite some time for. Employers to fire somebody for being a woman. Or women with children, but it has been permissible for businesses to say we don't want women with children in the space, this club or this movie theater, whatever there are some state laws that prohibit sex discrimination in public accommodations, and certainly if the government is doing it and violates the constitution. The Congress has not yet passed a law, saying that it is prohibited sex discrimination to turn people away in public accommodations. Gabriel close is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU'S LGBT and HIV rights project. Thank you very much, thank you. We have a strong surge upward on stock markets today London's footsie index is up two and a half percent here. The Dow futures up five hundred points nearly two percent with the Federal Reserve. Chair Jerome Powell due to speak in about three hours. A pioneer of the shale, oil and gas. Revolution is reportedly reading its bankruptcy filing. Chesapeake Energy is trying to reorganize billions of dollars of debt and hand over control of the company to its creditors. Soon after the crash in oil prices that we saw this spring, marketplace's Nova Safa reports chesapeake energy has more than nine billion dollars in debt. Reuters reports. The company could file for bankruptcy as soon as this week, and in the final stages of negotiating about two billion dollars in financing a bankruptcy would. Would cap a downfall for chesapeake which helped usher in the fracking boom, extracting previously unreachable deposits and helping the US become a net energy exporter for the first time in decades, but Chesapeake Fulton hurt when a glut in the natural gas market caused falling prices. It's late. Co founder also was indicted for years ago on federal price-fixing charges, then came a one two punch an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia and the COVID, nineteen pandemic with global fuel demand plummeting I'm Nova Sappho for marketplace. And in a basement in New Jersey I'm David Brancaccio with the marketplace morning report. From APM American public media.

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