This 2019-2020 term the U.S. Supreme Court will decide a trio of cases on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance joined amicus (“friend of the court”) brief for the cases.
Nearly 1 in 3 Asians (30%) in the U.S. live in states where they are at risk of being fired, refused housing or denied services simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
NQAPIA joined the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP in a brief in Bostock v. Clayton Cnty, Georgia; Harris v. EEOC; and Altitude Express v. Zarda. The brief presents a racial and civil rights analysis demonstrating the impact on LGBTQ people of color. LGBTQ people of color are far more likely to suffer discrimination than their white counterparts. NQAPIA was the only LGBT organization that joined 57 civil rights organizations.
NQAPIA also joined Center for Constitutional Rights, Transgender Law Center, and Akerman LLP and 45 trans-rights organizations in another brief specifically in R.G. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urging the court to rule that discrimination against transgender employees is unlawful discrimination “because of sex” under Title VII. The brief highlights the stories of over 30 transgender people, including some Asian Americans, who have experienced workplace discrimination just for being who they are.
“The laws have a significant impact on the Asian Americans community because so many of us are LGBTQ.” said Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA Executive Director. APIs are the nation’s fastest growing racial group in the United States today.
NQAPIA has long fought for LGBTQ rights and dignity. Magpantay continued, “Win or lose, we will continue to fight and will urge Congress to pass the comprehensive LGBTQ Equality Act (H.R. 5) to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, and federally funded programs.