Leading Retailers Back Equality Act

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Vice President of Workforce Evan Armstrong issued the following statement in response to introduction 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 is proud to support legislation that complements the industry’s ongoing efforts to promote opportunity and inclusion in the workforce.  

“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, skilled, and innovative, and it’s what makes retail the industry of opportunity for all.” 

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 reimagine and transform the retail ecosystem - and equip leading retailers to succeed in it.  

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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