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.
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.
July 22, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
This week, Lexer Quamie, policy counsel at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, gave testimony in support of proposed changes that would streamline union representation elections governed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
July 1, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has proposed a new rule that is designed to simplify its secret ballot election process by which employees form a union. The NLRB is a federal agency that is responsible for holding elections so workers can vote on whether or not they want to join a particular union.
Supreme Court’s Decision in Wal-Mart Case Severely Limits the Ability to Challenge Systemic Discrimination
June 21, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes et al. will limit the use of “class action” lawsuits and make it harder to bring large-scale discrimination cases, according to many civil and human rights groups.
June 7, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
In a victory for workers and labor advocates, the Connecticut legislature recently became the first in the nation to pass a statewide mandate for paid sick days.
May 4, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
In light of the recent AT&T vs. Concepcion Supreme Court case, Sen. Al Franken, D. Minn., Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D. Conn., and Rep. Hank Johnson, D. Ga., are expected to reintroduce the Arbitration Fairness Act (AFA) this week. The AFA would invalidate mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, or civil rights disputes.
Supreme Court Decision Limits Workers’ and Consumers’ Rights in Pursuit of Claims Against Corporations
May 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Consumers’ and employees’ right to class action lawsuits has been limited by the recent Supreme Court case ruling, AT&T v. Concepcion.
April 12, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The Senate and the House of Representatives will introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) today in honor of Equal Pay Day, a day when people around the country call attention to disparities in salary between men and women.
The PFA updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially the same work.
April 1, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
On May 12, the civil and human rights community will honor labor leader Richard Trumka with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for a lifelong advocacy on behalf of all working people.
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 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).
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.
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