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Jobs & Economy

Reducing high unemployment and supporting economic policies that address the needs of lower-income and minority communities are top civil and human rights priorities.

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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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Senate Passes Budget Resolution Harmful to Vulnerable Communities

May 6, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On May 6, the U.S. Senate voted 51-48 to approve a budget resolution that slashes funding for vulnerable Americans, underfunds transportation and education, and harms long-term economic growth.

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Congress Introduces Bill to Raise the Minimum Wage

April 30, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On April 30, lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 per hour by 2020. The bill would especially help women, African Americans, Latinos, and other historically underserved populations who are disproportionately represented in minimum wage jobs.

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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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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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Final LGBT Workplace Protection Rule Announced

December 9, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on December 3 announced a final rule to protect LGBT federal contractors, which will implement an executive order signed by President Obama in July. The rule will go into effect 120 days from Friday, December 6, when it was published in the Federal Register.

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New Report Details Local Progress in Combatting Poverty

November 23, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust

As part of its goal to cut poverty in half in ten years, Half in Ten released its annual poverty and inequality indicators report at an event at the Center for American Progress on November 17 featuring Sister Simone Campbell of the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign.

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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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Report: Raising Minimum Wage a Core Civil and Human Rights Issue

October 3, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

An increased minimum wage was one of just 10 demands of the August 1963 civil rights March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. More than a half-century later, the national minimum wage continues to fall short of providing workers their full dignity and a “decent standard of living,” as called for at the march.

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Plans for Job Creation

The United States is experiencing its worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression. More than 12 million Americans—our family, friends, and neighbors—are out of work. This national crisis demands a bold plan to put people back to work.

  • Prosperity Economics:Building an Economy for All is a bold new paper that provides a comprehensive blueprint to grow our nation’seconomy, strengthen our economic security, and rescue our democracy from powerful special interests.
  • The Economic Policy Institute proposes the American Jobs Plan, a plan that would create at least 4.6 million jobs in one year

  • The AFL-CIO has a five-point plan for immediate job creation includes increasing aid to state and local governments to prevent layoffs and maintain vital services, and creating jobs by repairing and building infrastructure.

  • The Community Jobs Program developed by the Center for Community Change puts $40 billion in federal investment to work rebuilding communities and restoring dignity to families.

  • The National Urban League 6-Point Plan for Job Creation directly addresses the dire need for jobs, job training, business investment and homeowner interventions in urban communities across the country experiencing chronic rates of unemployment.

Source: Jobs4AmericaNow.org

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