As a precursor to passing COVID-19 Relief including the $15 minimum wage as explained above, the US House also last week passed the Equality Bill, for a second time and sent it to the Senate for consideration. The Equality Act, which also passed the House in 2019 but died in the Senate, amends Title VII of the Civil Rights Act along with other statutes and explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity, already illegal based on the SCOTUS decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. Of primary concern perhaps, the legislation would significantly expand the protections against discrimination relating employment, housing, and education among other categories, but would also expand the definition of public accommodations to include restaurants, retail stores, hotels and a host of other industries. Finally, where an employee’s sex is a bona fide occupational qualification for a position, employers must consider applicant for such a position based of theirs gender identity rather than their biological sex.