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LGBTQ Rights

There is currently no federal law protecting individuals from job discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation. This means that at any time, someone can be discriminated against, fired or not hired simply because he/she is or is perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer.

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Leadership Conference Opposes Intended Nomination of Mark Green

May 5, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Leadership Conference on Thursday called on Senate Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain, R. Ariz., and Ranking Member Jack Reed, D. R.I., to reject Mark Green, who President Trump intends to nominate as Secretary of the Army.

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Merkley, Cicilline Reintroduce Equality Act to Protect LGBTQ Americans

May 2, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D. Ore., and Rep. David Cicilline, D. R.I., on Tuesday reintroduced the Equality Act, which would provide nationwide protections against discrimination in housing, credit, education, employment, and public accommodations for LGBTQ people. The bill was first introduced in July 2015 and was included in The Leadership Conference’s list of 2016 legislative priorities.

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Trump Administration Rescinds Title IX Guidance on Transgender Students

February 23, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Trump administration on Wednesday sent a letter to the nation’s schools announcing its rescission of the Obama administration’s federal guidance to protect transgender students.

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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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Justice Department Issues Guidance to Combat Gender Bias in Policing

December 17, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

On December 15, the U.S. Department of Justice released new guidance for combatting gender bias in law enforcement response to sexual and domestic violence.

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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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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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Department of Labor Issues Guidance to Protect Trans Workers

August 20, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Following an announcement from Secretary of Labor Tom Perez in June that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would be updating its nondiscrimination guidance, DOL on August 19 issued that guidance to explicitly classify discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status as sex discrimination.

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