Recent events regarding workplace inclusion and benefits among the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender individuals, exposed the persisting risks to these protections. Zillow Group remains committed to fostering an inclusive work environment and benefits for our LGBTQ+ colleagues.
Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender status is illegal. Last summer, we advocated for this outcome by signing an amicus brief led by the Human Rights Campaign, sending a message to the Court that we believe LGBTQ+ people — like everyone — should be protected from discrimination. While work still remains, the ruling is an important step forward in the hard-fought movement for equal treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in the workplace.
“It’s a reminder that even as we celebrate Pride Month, at Zillow Group and around the world, there is more work to do to ensure equal protection for all,” says Zillow Group’s Chief Corporate Relations Officer Dawn Lyon.
Last week, an Executive Order reversed protections for health care and health insurance considerations based on gender identity and sexual orientation. At Zillow Group, we support the health and wellbeing of our LGBTQ+ employees, which is why we are reconfirming to our employees their benefits will not change. We care deeply about ensuring all our employees have equitable and inclusive health benefits, and this commitment will not waver. We hope others in the business community remain dedicated to providing equal benefits for all, and oppose these actions that potentially endanger access to health care for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Before it takes effect, the Executive Order will likely face legal challenges, which we will continue to seek opportunities to support.
At Zillow Group, one of our core values is Do The Right Thing. In service of this value, we are committed to creating a workplace and a world where everyone feels they belong, where they feel supported. It’s strikingly clear that we all must do more to end discrimination and inequities in our country. We stand with the LGBTQ+ community and look forward to building a more just and equitable world, together.