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Rep. Miranda statement as U.S. Supreme Court rules workers cannot be fired for LGBTQ status

June 15, 2020
Jessica E. Miranda News

State Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) issued a statement following today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held LGBTQ workers are protected from workplace discrimination under federal law.

“What an incredibly important ruling from the Supreme court today. The years of tenacious fighting for equality has finally attained a piece of justice for the LGBTQ community. We must build on this victory and expand protections to LGBTQ Americans in Ohio,” said Rep. Miranda.

Democrats have pushed the bipartisan Ohio Fairness Act, which would expand LGBTQ protections to include not just employment, but also housing and services in Ohio. The then-Democrat led Ohio House passed similar legislation in 2009, but Republicans have stalled the legislation in subsequent General Assemblies.

Additionally, House Democrats last year called out Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) for not extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ House employees—the only state employees without explicit protections.