MAG applauds SCOTUS ruling prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in workplace

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that, “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [June 15] handed the LGBTQ community a major civil rights victory, ruling that federal law prohibits discrimination against gay and transgender employees in the workplace.”

“The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) applauds the Supreme Court for taking this crucial action, which will protect gay and transgender individuals from employment discrimination to ensure their physical and mental health,” says MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D. 

MAG was one of 15 medical, mental health, nursing, and other health care organizations that joined the Litigation Center of the AMA (American Medical Association) and State Medical Societies in filing a joint friend-of-the-court brief that addressed the issue in 2019.

The brief stressed that “being transgender implies no impairment in a person’s judgment, stability, or general social or vocational capabilities.” And in a joint press release, AMA, MAG and the other organizations pointed out that, “Despite this medical consensus, there is evidence of widespread employment discrimination against transgender people that exacerbates gender dysphoria, frustrates medical treatment, and impedes access to health care when such discrimination results in a person losing income or health insurance.”

The Litigation Center of the AMA and State Medical Societies is a legal action coalition consisting of the AMA and medical societies from each state plus the District of Columbia.

MAG members can contact Bethany Sherrer at bsherrer@mag.org with questions.

SCOTUS Opinion

AJC ‘Supreme Court: Discrimination against gays in workplace is illegal’ article

AMA Press Release (July 10, 2019)

‘News from MAG’ article (August 2019)

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