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Halstead Announces Partnership with the Human Rights Campaign and Joins the Business Coalition for the Equality Act

June 26, 2019

Halstead is proud to join the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Business Coalition for the Equality Act, a group of leading U.S. employers supporting federal legislation that provides the same basic protections to LGBTQ people as are provided to other protected groups under federal law. The Equality Act creates clear, consistent protections to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment. In addition, the bill provides protections from discrimination for LGBTQ people in housing, credit, and jury service.

"At Halstead, we deeply value diversity and inclusion for all our employees, agents, and clients. In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, we are extremely proud to add our collective voice in full public support of a federal legal standard that guarantees all LGBTQ people the same rights and protections-no matter where they live or who they love," said Halstead President Richard Grossman. HRC's Business Coalition for the Equality Act includes companies with operations in all 50 states and a combined $4.8 trillion in revenue. The 230+ companies that make up the coalition employ over 11.3 million people in the United States.

The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin but does not specifically mention sexual orientation or gender identity as protected categories in renting or selling of housing and related services. Only 21 states currently prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A federal law like the proposed Equality Act changes that.

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