For the first time, Texas law has been interpreted to provide workplace protection for LGBTQ+ workers. The state appeals court decision follows on the heels of the June 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case involving religious and LGBTQ rights. Although not an employment dispute, businesses are stakeholders in the outcome of the litigation, according to companies from a variety of industries.
Employment attorneys said there may be better ways to collect and analyze workplace data to support the LGBTQ community than adding sexual orientation and gender identity to EEO-1 reports.