The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
September 25, 2012 - Posted by Freddi Goldstein
In response to the recent shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, that left six members of the Sikh religious community dead, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing on the enforcement of federal anti-hate crime laws and the need to ensure that all communities are receiving adequate protection.
August 16, 2012 - Posted by Cedric Lawson
More than 50 briefs in support of diversity and the University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) admissions policy were filed this week in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on October 10.
June 14, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Barr
Employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans occurs throughout the United States, according to testimony given at a recent Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on “Equality at Work: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”
April 20, 2012 - Posted by Sandy Thomas
The negative effects of racial profiling and the need to pass the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) of 2011 were the focus of a Senate subcommittee hearing held on April 17 as part of the National End Racial Profiling Advocacy Week.
September 16, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
At a press conference this week designed to push Congress and the Obama administration to pass the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 (ERPA), the Rights Working Group released a new report advocating not only for the prohibition of racial profiling but for greater oversight of law enforcement with regard to civil rights protections.
May 12, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Instead of helping to fix the U.S.’s broken immigration system, repealing or limiting the scope of the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment would actually make things worse by increasing the number of undocumented immigrants and creating significant bureaucratic and financial burdens for all Americans, according to a panel of immigration and civil rights experts.
Department of Homeland Security Removes Designated Countries from Controversial Surveillance Program
April 29, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
In a significant triumph in the fight against racial profiling, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to modify and effectively suspend the controversial National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), an extensive registration process that targets visitors from Arab, South Asian, and Muslim countries.
May 5, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Eighty-five private non-profit fair housing organizations, many operating on shoestring budgets, have investigated almost twice as many fair housing complaints as all relevant government agencies combined, according to a new report by the National Fair Housing Alliance.
April 13, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Four fair housing organizations discovered severe racial disparities in how lenders secure and maintain foreclosed properties, according to a report released by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA).
Department of Justice Investigation Reveals Racial, LGBT, and Gender-Biased Policing by the New Orleans Police Department
March 23, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Use of excessive force, racial and ethnic profiling, and under-enforcement of violence against women are just a few of several constitutional and federal law violations made by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), according to a report recently released by the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.
March 31, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The consequences of workplace discrimination are most severe for low-wage workers, according to a recent study by the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
March 30, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Muslim Americans face rising religious discrimination in schools, workplaces and communities across the country, according to Tom Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, who testified yesterday at a congressional hearing on protecting the civil rights of Muslim Americans.
March 28, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Employers are discriminating against millions of Americans with criminal records, according to a report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP).
February 10, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Civil rights groups have successfully defeated legislation that would redefine state citizenship in South Dakota.
February 15, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates yesterday unanimously adopted of a resolution in support of laws, policies and programs “to prevent and remediate” bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment in schools and communities.
February 18, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed James E. Graves Jr. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the federal appellate court that presides over Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana. Graves is the first African-American judge from Mississippi to serve on the Fifth Circuit.
February 24, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Even though there are millions of unemployed workers looking for jobs, some employers are excluding them from job applicant pools regardless of their qualifications, a trend that is growing according to testimony before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last week.
March 26, 2012 - Posted by Sandy Thomas
Equal opportunity advocates welcomed the recent news that FedEx reached a $3 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to address a pattern of hiring discrimination in its ground delivery business.
August 31, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
On the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, representatives from more than 70 national civil rights, human rights, civil liberties, Muslim, Jewish, and South Asian groups have signed a shared statement of principles that they say must guide responses to such horrendous and terrifying acts.
June 17, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) filed a federal lawsuit against Netflix yesterday alleging that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide closed captioning for most of its instant and streamed content.
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