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While U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case To Determine If Sexual Orientation Is Federally Protected from Discrimination, Strives For Progress

Press Release - May 9, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon determine whether sexual orientation and gender identity are protected classes under Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)., a service which connects buyers and sellers with compatible agents, shares a reminder of their promise to always support groups that further the advancement of protections for the LGBTQ community and to always provide services that represent the best interests of each client, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Supreme Court case will consider if Title VII, which provides protection against sex discrimination, protects individuals from job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Though sexual orientation and transgender status is not mentioned in Title VII, lower courts have ruled that gay and lesbian workers are entitled to protection from discrimination. The cases will be argued in the fall, with decisions likely by June 2020, according to an article published by the Washington Post.

As well as advanced protections becoming a possibility via the Supreme Court hearing, legislation has recently been introduced in Congress that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes protected from discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Sexual orientation is not a protected class under current federal fair housing laws. advocates for these issues, in part, through their continued ideological and financial support of advocacy groups making legal progress, like the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (Lambda Legal) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Lambda Legal fights for equal justice for LGBTQ individuals and those living with HIV through a strategy which incorporates impact litigation, public policy advocacy and education/communication, according to their website. HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, according to their website. HRC represents a force of more than three million members and supporters, nationwide.

The team works to identify the best LGBTQ-friendly cities and communities in each state and region of the country and cultivates relationships and deep networks in each, so as to provide their clients the support they need to find ideal residency. The service provides is one of many that LGBTQ individuals can use to bypass the potential for anxiety, discrimination and inequitable treatment.

With more than 25 years of experience as the industry leader, continually strives for the protections of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification, and will continue to advocate for the full and equal treatment of all individuals: in real estate markets and all areas of life.

Jeff Hammerberg
For Immediate Release

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