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Fifth Circuit Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

July 21, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ruled (9-6) that Texas’ strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA) because it discriminates against Black and Hispanic voters. The court also asked a lower court to find a remedy to prevent 600,000 Texans who lack a required form of ID from being disenfranchised in November.

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DOJ Announces Implicit Bias Training Program

June 27, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday unveiled an initiative to ensure that all federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors will receive mandatory training in implicit bias.

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HHS Announces New Non-Discrimination Rule

May 17, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new rule to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities.

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Administration Releases Guidance to Protect Transgender Students

May 13, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Friday released joint guidance to clarify schools’ Title IX obligations regarding transgender students and to provide examples of how both departments determine compliance.

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Annual FBI Report Indicates Another Decrease in Hate Crimes

November 17, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

An annual report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday reveals that reported hate crime incidents decreased from 5,928 to 5,479 – the lowest number of reported hate crimes since the first year of reporting in 1991.

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In Wake of Federal Updates, Maryland Becomes First State to Issue Profiling Guidance

August 27, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Surrounded by a national conversation about police brutality and law enforcement’s treatment of minorities, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on August 25 issued guidance designed to ban discriminatory profiling by law enforcement on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity.

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Re-Hear Arguments in Fisher v. Univ. of Texas

July 2, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear—for a second time—arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a legal challenge to the equal opportunity admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Supreme Court Decisions Advance Fair Housing, Affordable Health Care

June 25, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On June 25, the Supreme Court ruled on the side of civil rights and the American people in two pivotal cases: King v. Burwell and Texas v. Inclusive Communities Projects. In its decisions, the high court preserved the integrity of bedrock civil rights protections by affirming the validity of key components of the Affordable Care Act and the Fair Housing Act.

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Supreme Court Decisions Advance Fair Housing, Affordable Health Care

- Posted by Julie Faust

On June 25, the Supreme Court ruled on the side of civil rights and the American people in two pivotal cases: King v. Burwell and Texas v. Inclusive Communities Projects. In its decisions, the high court preserved the integrity of bedrock civil rights protections by affirming the validity of key components of the Affordable Care Act and the Fair Housing Act.

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Congress Reintroduces Bill to Protect Pregnant Workers

June 10, 2015 - Posted by Hunter Davis

On June 4, Sen. Bob Casey, D. Pa., reintroduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act, this bill would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers – provided that doing so would not be an undue hardship. It would also prevent employers from discriminating against pregnant women in the hiring process.

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Cardin, Conyers Reintroduce Bill to End Racial Profiling

April 24, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Sen. Ben Cardin, D. Md., and Rep. John Conyers, D. Mich., on April 22 reintroduced the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), which would prohibit profiling by federal, state, local, and Indian tribal law enforcement authorities on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

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Proposed Rule Would Help Protect Employees from Sex Discrimination

April 15, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On April 2, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights submitted comments to the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) expressing strong support for its proposal to update sex discrimination rules for federal contractors and subcontractors.

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Lawmakers Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

March 27, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On March 25, lawmakers in both houses of Congress reintroduced legislation that would help narrow the gender pay gap. The Paycheck Fairness Act, introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D. Md., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D. Conn., would help ensure that women workers are not shortchanged, and promote fair and stable family incomes.

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In Interim Report, White House Emphasizes Civil Rights Implications of Big Data

February 6, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

As a follow-up to its 90-day review and subsequent report last year on big data policies, the White House on February 5 released an interim report to describe its progress thus far and its plans moving forward.

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Fair Housing Case

January 22, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On January 21, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Texas Department of Housing vs. The Inclusive Communities Project, a case that will either uphold or strike down a crucial tenet of the Fair Housing Act – at a time when the U.S. housing market remains intensely segregated.

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DOJ Says Transgender Discrimination Covered Under Title VII

December 18, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that discrimination against transgender people will be protected moving forward by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s sex discrimination prohibition.

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FBI Report Indicates Decrease in Hate Crimes

December 11, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

An annual report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on December 8 reveals that reported hate crime incidents decreased from 6,573 to 5,928, the lowest number of reported hate crimes since the first year of reporting in 1991. However, civil rights groups remain concerned about the ongoing problem of underreporting, which makes it hard to get an actual picture of the scope of the problem year to year.

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A Win for Transgender Workers

October 29, 2014 - Posted by Angela Pavao

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an agency charged with investigating and prosecuting illegal practices in the federal workplace, made an important and legally reverberating decision last week when it ruled in favor of a transgender federal employee facing workplace discrimination.

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Groups Urge Broadcasters to Stop Using Offensive Team Name

September 4, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

To coincide with the opening of the 2014 National Football League (NFL) season, a coalition of more than 100 groups – including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – issued a letter urging radio and television broadcasters to stop using the name of Washington, D.C.’s NFL team.

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Washington Post Editorial Board Abandons Use of Slur

August 25, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

In an editorial on August 22, the editorial board of the Washington Post revealed it would no longer use the name of Washington’s football team in its writing – a move that does not affect the publication’s sports and news coverage of the team, but one that has already been taken by other publications in opposition to the team’s continued use of its offensive mascot.

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