“The court forcefully affirmed San Francisco’s interest in protecting public health, and repeatedly emphasized the likelihood that the sugary soda lobby’s case would fall flat,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said.

Herrera blasts Justice Department filing arguing civil rights law does not protect LGBTQ employees

Statement from City Attorney Dennis Herrera

“The court forcefully affirmed San Francisco’s interest in protecting public health, and repeatedly emphasized the likelihood that the sugary soda lobby’s case would fall flat,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said.

SAN FRANCISCO (July 27, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today released the following statement after the Sessions-led Justice Department filed a brief yesterday in an employment discrimination case pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  The Justice Department inserted itself into the case to argue that federal civil rights law—specifically, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act—does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Herrera’s statement:

 “The Justice Department’s filing shows that the Trump Administration will stop at nothing in its efforts to attack and marginalize LGBTQ people.  This Administration is attempting to undo numerous court decisions making clear that federal law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination.  I will not tolerate this assault on the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, and will continue to work to fight President Trump’s discriminatory agenda.”

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