New York Life signs landmark amicus brief supporting LGBTQ workers' rights.

New York Life | July 22, 2019


On the heels of the historic 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Lambda Legal, Out & Equal, Out Leadership, and Freedom for All Americans announced that New York Life is among the 206 major corporations to sign a landmark Amicus Brief (“friend of the court”) brief that will be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to protect LGBTQ rights. 

The court will hear a trio of cases that may determine whether LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination under existing federal civil rights laws – which prohibit sex discrimination in contexts ranging from the employment to housing, health care and education.    

When employees can safely bring their whole selves to the workplace, they do better work and that leads to success.”

Omar Gonzalez-Pagan.

Lambda Legal Senior Attorney

“When employees can safely bring their whole selves to the workplace, they do better work and that leads to success,” said Lambda Legal Senior Attorney, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan. “And many of the nation’s top businesses know that. We are thrilled by the unprecedented support from the business community that recognizes how discrimination against LGBT people is bad for business and violates the Civil Rights Act. It sends a powerful message to their employees, customers and other business leaders that they will stand up for dignity and equality for LGBT people.”

The historic number of companies included represent more than 7 million employees, a wide variety of industries, and more than $5 trillion in revenue. 

We're proud to be a part of this historic effort and stand behind our longstanding support of the LGBTQ+ community, including our dedication to workplace diversity, our development of insurance and financial products that recognize the needs of LGBTQ+ consumers, and our partnership with organizations that advance equality.

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New York Life Insurance Company
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