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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 7, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Oneida Indian Nation sent letters to Twitter, Facebook, and Google this week, asking that the Washington NFL team’s official, verified accounts be deleted from their sites, according to Slate.
June 18, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) today cancelled six federal trademark registrations for the name of Washington’s football team, saying in a decision that the “registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered.”
June 16, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The White House on Monday announced that President Obama will sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination from federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
May 1, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
Following a 90-day review of big data policies, the White House today released “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values” – a move that was applauded by civil rights groups for its emphasis on critical civil rights concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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