Supreme Court ruling protecting LGBTQ workers

June 15, 2020

Dear Brandeis Community,

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (a key civil rights law) protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer workers from workplace discrimination. As an institution that has long been an advocate for equality and inclusiveness, Brandeis University celebrates this important decision and the clarity that it offers.

This is a powerful ruling that makes it perfectly clear that legal protections against discrimination based on sex extend to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Brandeis' own policies address this already. In addition, through the Gender and Sexuality Center, the Office of Equal Opportunity, and the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, we work towards an environment where all of our students, faculty, and employees have the opportunity to thrive in an environment free of gender and identity bias.

During this unusual Pride Month, when we cannot undertake some of our normal, in-person, community-based activities in support of our LGBTQ colleagues, classmates, and friends, I am pleased to applaud the Supreme Court for its ruling.