Leading Retailers Urge Passage of Equality Act

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Vice President of Workforce Evan Armstrong issued the following statement following the House Judiciary Committee’s markup 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 appreciates the opportunity to work with members of the Judiciary committee and stakeholders to advance this important legislation that promotes opportunity and inclusion in America’s workforce. Retail is the first job, second chance, or third act for millions of American workers. RILA and our members are committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all people, whether they are employees, customers, or business partners. We urge the House to pass this important legislation that will help retailers continue to shape an inclusive workforce that is diverse, skilled, and innovative.” 


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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