Altria is committed to treating all its employees fairly and with respect. We invest in a diverse workforce not only because our values forbid discrimination in any form, but also because creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace benefits both the company and its employees. We believe our investments in our workforce will be undermined and ineffective if employees fear that they might be discriminated against in the future because they lack clear legal protection against discrimination.
In 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on important policy about LGBTQ+ rights. We added Altria’s voice to this important national discussion. Prior to the ruling, we prepared and filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court because we firmly believed the law should be interpreted to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. For the same reason, we expressed our support of the Virginia Values Act. We want everyone to know where we stand, unequivocally.
In February of 2021, we signed onto the Business Statement on Anti-LGBTQ Legislation led by the Human Rights Campaign in partnership with Freedom for All Americans. The Business Statement expresses concern about bills being introduced in state houses across the country that single out LGBTQ individuals with exclusion or differential treatment and calls for public leaders to abandon or oppose efforts to enact this type of discriminatory legislation and ensure fairness for all Americans.