Supreme Court case is binding on sex discrimination in the workplace, AG says

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is going to begin enforcing Arizona’s civil rights laws against private employers who discriminate based on someone’s sexual orientation.

In a new court filing, Brnovich said that he now considers last week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to be binding in all cases of sex discrimination in the workplace. More to the point, the filing says Brnovich will interpret the law that way even though state legislators have not amended Arizona’s own statutes.

The attorney general did acknowledge that the legislature is free to come in and amend the Arizona Civil Rights Act to specifically say that sexual orientation or transgender status is not covered under the state law. But, absent some legislative direction, Brnovich said that’s how he’ll enforce the law from now on.

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