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.
March 28, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, an employment discrimination class action lawsuit. Civil rights groups are watching the case closely because the Court’s decision could limit the use of “class action” lawsuits and make it harder to bring large-scale discrimination cases.
March 11, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Following the Wednesday vote in Wisconsin to strip away the collective bargaining rights of public employees, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement:
Yesterday’s actions in Wisconsin were an unprecedented assault on collective bargaining and one of the most significant challenges to civil and human rights in a generation. That’s why the civil and human rights community won’t stand idle while Gov. Walker and his colleagues in Indiana, Ohio, and elsewhere seek to turn back the clock on American progress.
The unilateral action in Wisconsin is a threat not just to public workers but to all working people. These politicians are telling millions of Wisconsin’s families that they don’t deserve job security, that they don’t deserve health care benefits, and that they don’t deserve wages that can put food on their tables. Their actions are despicable and show that some politicians are willing to sacrifice their own constituents’ financial security in the name of ideological posturing.
Wisconsinites and the nation are responding appropriately but forcefully to the rollback of their civil and human rights. The public outrage, the recall campaigns aimed at these senators and at Gov. Walker, and the outpouring of support from Americans of all backgrounds are just the beginning. The civil and human rights community stands with the working people of Wisconsin as we fight tooth and nail against these backward-looking proposals.
March 2, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The budget proposed by the House of Representatives will harm millions of children, students, seniors, and people with disabilities, according to a new report by the Coalition on Human Needs.
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.
February 15, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Holly Petraeus, head of the Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), testified recently before the House Committee on Veteran Affairs on the importance of protecting servicemembers from predatory lending practices.
February 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The National Center for Transgender Equity (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force recently released “Injustice at Every Turn,” an extensive study of the transgender and gender non-conforming community that shows tragic social and economic trends indicating injustices and discrimination against transgender people on a massive scale.
January 31, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The Supreme Court last week ruled in a unanimous 8-0 decision in Thompson v. North American Stainless that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which protects employees against job discrimination, forbids an employer from firing the fiancé of an employee as retaliation for her complaining about sexual discrimination.
January 24, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported a dramatic increase in charges of private sector workplace discrimination filed throughout all major categories – including race, age, disability, and religion – during the 2010 fiscal year.
January 20, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Two recent reports – "A Strange Case" by Human Rights Watch and "Voices for Change" by TransAfrica Forum – examine violations of workers’ basic civil and human rights at several global branches of Sodexo, a France-based food distribution company.
December 17, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case about whether an Arizona law prohibiting employers from hiring undocumented immigrants conflicts with federal immigration law.
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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