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Department of Labor to Measure Federal Contractors’ Compliance with Veterans and People with Disabilities Employment Rules

December 19, 2013 - Posted by Hannah Cornfield

The House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections recently held a hearing to examine the Department of Labor’s recent final rules from its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regarding federal contractors hiring of veterans and people with disabilities.

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Civil Rights Groups Urge Washington to Change Football Team Name

December 18, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

At its annual meeting last week, The Leadership Conference passed a resolution calling for the Washington Redskins to change its name, saying it “cannot in any reasonable way be viewed as honoring the culture or historical legacy of any particular Native American tribe or individual.” The resolution also urged state, local, and federal governments to break association with the franchise.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Files Amicus Brief in Fair Housing Case

November 4, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights filed an amicus brief last week in the Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. case regarding the use of disparate impact theory under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), which the Supreme Court will hear on December 4, 2013.

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Senate Subcommittee Hearing Focuses on Hate Crimes in Wake of Sikh Temple Shooting

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.

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Fisher Case Draws Broad Support from Business, Military, Administration

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.

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Advocates Emphasize the Need for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

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.”

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Members of Congress, Law Enforcement Officials, and Advocates Call for an End to Racial Profiling

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.

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Legislators and Civil Rights Groups Call on Congress to End Racial Profiling

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.

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Repeal of Citizenship Clause Would Carry Heavy Consequences

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.

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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.

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How Fair Housing Groups Are Addressing Discrimination, One Neighborhood at a Time

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.

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Report: Maintenance of Bank-Owned Properties Violates Fair Housing Standards

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).

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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.

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Study: Discrimination Has a More Severe Effect on Low-Wage Earners

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. 

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Muslim Civil Rights Violations on the Rise, Durbin Hearing Shows

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.

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Report: Employers Discriminating Against Individuals with Criminal Records

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).

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American Bar Association Adopts Strong Anti-Bullying Resolution

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.

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First African-American Judge from Mississippi Confirmed to Serve on the Fifth Circuit

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.

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Unemployed Workers Experience Hiring Discrimination

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.

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