03 July, 2019

American Airlines Supports Anti-Discrimination Protections for LGBT People


          Ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments on gay and transgender rights, American Airlines joins the Human Rights Campaign and other companies in a “friend of the court” brief to make it clear that the business community believes anti-discrimination protections for LGTB people should be preserved.

“No one should be discriminated against for any reason, including their gender identity or sexual orientation. We fundamentally believe all of our team members and customers deserve equal protection under the law,” said Patrick O’Keeffe, Senior Vice President of People for American. “We are proud to stand with the LGBT community, and our commitment to inclusion and equality for all of our team members and customers is unwavering.”

American has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for nearly two decades as a leader among U.S. companies when it comes to workplace policies and practices for LGBT team members. The airline was the first major U.S. airline to protect LGBT team members by including gender identity and sexual orientation in workplace nondiscrimination policies.

In addition, American has been an ally for LGBT team members and customers, having strongly opposed discriminatory and anti-LGBT legislation proposed in Washington, D.C., and individual states, including Texas, Arizona and North Carolina.

Recently, the airline has taken public stands for transgender rights, endorsed the Equality Act and was the first global airline to endorse the historic United Nations LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business, aimed at tackling discrimination globally against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people globally.

In 2017, American was the only airline to join 36 corporations in an amicus brief in the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case to endorse the principle that businesses should remain “open to all” without discrimination including sexual orientation and gender identity.

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