Jun 28 2017

CBS Corporation is 1 of 50 Companies to Sign First of Its Kind Amicus Brief in Support of Employment Discrimination Policies

The brief supports extending Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — which expressly makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin” — to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.   The amicus brief sets out the business case for why workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation should be prohibited:

  • Extending Title VII to prohibit workplace sexual orientation discrimination would expand businesses’ ability to (a) recruit and retain talent; (b) generate innovative ideas by drawing on a greater breadth of perspectives, characteristics and experiences; (c) attract and better serve a diverse customer base; and (d) increase productivity among employees that feel valued, comfortable and respected.
  • Thus, prohibiting this type of workplace discrimination would be good for business, employees and the economy as a whole.

The story was first reported by Bloomberg News:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-26/morgan-stanley-microsoft-cbs-back-legal-shield-for-gay-workers

More coverage:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/google-microsoft-viacom-us-federal-court-gay-employees-protect-rights-discrimination-lgbt-circuit-a7809731.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lgbt-companies-idUSKBN19H2LH

In other developments, CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves is one of 150 executives making an unprecedented commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The CEO Action for Diversity hopes to improve corporate performance, drive growth and enhance employee engagement.

In case you missed it, here’s the segment from CBS This Morning.

https://vimeo.com/223305192/08c1cd1eeb