Brown Rudnick has joined the Business Coalition for the Equality Act, an initiative sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. The Business Coalition for the Equality Act is a group of leading U.S. employers that support the Equality Act, federal legislation that would provide the same basic protections to LGBT+ people as are provided to other protected groups under federal law. Launched in March 2016, HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act includes companies with operations in all 50 states, headquarters spanning 33 states and a combined $5.7 trillion in revenue. The more than 320 companies that make up the Coalition employ over 12.3 million people in the United States.

The Equality Act creates clear, consistent protections to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment ensuring that LGBT+ employees are hired, fired, and promoted based on their performance. In addition, the bill provides protections from discrimination for LGBT+ people in housing, credit, and jury service. The bill would also prohibit discrimination in public spaces and services, and federal funding on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.