Leading Retailers Endorse Equality Act

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Senior Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Michael Hanson issued the following statement in support of the Equality Act, legislation which would amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to provide employment non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity:   

“RILA proudly supports the Equality Act. This legislation complements the industry’s ongoing efforts to promote opportunity and inclusion in the workforce. No one should face discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Success in retail starts with ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all people, whether they are employees or customers. Retailers’ longstanding commitment to combatting discrimination has helped shape a workforce that is diverse, innovative, and skilled. Retail works for everyone, and there will always be opportunities for all in the retail industry. We look forward to the Equality Act becoming law to solidify these protections in the workplace.”


RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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  • Investing in People
  • Public Policy
  • Retail Works for All of Us
  • Workforce
  • Ensuring a Safe, Sustainable Future

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