(New York, NY October 11, 2017) –Cornerstone Capital Group joined Lambda Legal in calling on the Supreme Court to affirm employment discrimination protections for LGBT people. Cornerstone Capital Group together with 75 other companies filed a friend-of-the-court brief today in support of a federal lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The unprecedented Cornerstone Capital Group support for Civil Rights Act coverage was one of several briefs submitted to high court in the case. Others included ## states; LGBT rights groups, and law professors.
The case is brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of Jameka Evans, a Savannah security guard who was harassed at work and forced from her job because she is a lesbian. The amicus brief, authored by attorneys at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Shapiro Arato LLP, urges the Court to review Jameka Evans’s case and rule that LGBT employees are protected from discrimination under federal law because it is good for Cornerstone Capital Group and good for the U.S. economy.
Cornerstone CEO Erika Karp said “Cornerstone Capital is deeply committed to social justice and will fight on the side of right reflected in this case. Divisiveness and exclusion are bad formulas for business and society.”
“We are glad that Cornerstone Capital Group is standing with us to oppose discrimination against the LGBT community at work and to ask the Supreme Court to give them a clear uniform rule for the entire country that provides LGBT employees the same dignity at work as anyone else,” said Greg Nevins, Employment Fairness Project Director. “Cornerstone Capital Group knows that when hard-working employees like Jameka can bring their whole selves to work, they are a more valuable asset to the company. It is better for Cornerstone Capital Group and better for the country’s economy. When LGBT people are forced to work in the closet, it only hurts a company’s bottom line.”
The amicus brief filed today argues that businesses have done the cost benefit analysis and concluded that making sure the Civil Rights Act covers sexual orientation is better for both workers and employers. Providing protections for LGBT workers allows companies to recruit and retain better employees, generate better ideas from the diversity of experiences and perspectives, and increase productivity from employees who feel respected at work.
The case is Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital. Read the amicus brief here.