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RBC and City National Bank sign amicus brief opposing sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace

NEW YORK, October 11, 2017 - RBC and City National Bank have partnered with more than 70 other companies to sign an amicus brief in support of U.S. Supreme Court petition Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, banning sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace.

Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination because of an individual’s “sex,” and the Court is being asked to confirm that discrimination based on sexual orientation is part of this ban.

RBC made several business cases positing that prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace benefits employees, employers and the U.S. economy. In particular, we asserted that failure to protect LGBT+ employees from discrimination hurts workplace productivity and talent retention, and that disparate interpretations of federal protections across states creates economic instability.

It’s important to focus in on our commitments to diversity and inclusion, and to proactively create an environment in which employees feel that they can bring their whole selves to work every day. RBC will continue to advocate for a more inclusive workplace and society, and we believe that this mission is fundamental to helping our clients thrive and communities prosper.

About RBC

Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have approximately 81,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 35 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.‎

RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. For more information please see: www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/.

About City National

With $46.9 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 72 offices, including 17 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta and Minneapolis. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $60.8 billion in client investment assets.

City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the United States and 35 other countries.

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For more information about City National, visit the company’s website at cnb.com.

Sanam Heidary
RBC Capital Markets Communications
212-618-5589

Nicole Garrison
RBC Wealth Management Communications
612-371-2999

Cary Walker
City National Communications
213-673-7615