On Monday, a number of companies, such as Google( GOOGL.O), Viacom Inc (VIAB.O), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), and CBS Corp (CB.N) recommended a federal appeal to the court that a law should be crafted for outlawing sex discrimination in the workplace that offers protection to various gay employees.
The brief was submitted by 50 companies to 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan first
witnessed for the first such a massive group of businesses has supported arguments about employment discrimination that LBGT groups and administration of former President Barack Obama have made for years.
The companies showed concern and said biases for gay employees is common, and the statistical facts they present was more shocking. According to various studies, more than 40 percent of gay workers report harassment and other forms of discrimination. Due to lack of a federal law that clearly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation has to hold backed recruitment in states that have not gone for their set of rules, the companies said.
“Recognizing that our uniform federal law protects LGBT employees would benefit individual businesses, and the economy as a whole, by removing an artificial barrier to the recruitment, retention, and free flow of talent,” wrote companies’ lawyers at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
The companies requested the 2nd Circuit to reconsider a lawsuit by the estate of Donald Zarda, who claimed he was fired from the job (skydiving) when he told a customer he was a gay and she complained. But., he died in a skydiving accident after filling the lawsuit. Still the case is lying unsolved in the court.
There are various such cases, which are still waiting for a verdict, so this reform will be a great relief for gay employees.