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.
Monitor Weekly - June 23, 2012
|The Leadership Conference Education Fund||June 23, 2012|
"A Step Forward for Greater Fairness in Our Criminal Justice System." The Leadership Conference applauded the Supreme Court’s ruling this week in Hill v. United States and Dorsey v. United States, which applies the new, fairer sentencing guidelines based on the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) to individuals who had been charged with crack cocaine offenses but not yet been sentenced before the FSA was signed into law on August 3, 2010. "Today's decision by the Supreme Court represents a step forward for greater fairness in our criminal justice system," said President and CEO Wade Henderson. "The ruling ensures that those charged under the prior, unjust law, yet sentenced after the passage of the FSA, are afforded the same, fairer treatment as individuals charged with offenses just a few days or weeks later."
"A Politically Driven Abuse Of Congressional Power." The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's vote this week on recommending to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress was "a politically driven abuse of congressional power," Henderson said. "Attorney General Holder is an exemplary public servant – and this reckless and wrong-headed vote doesn’t change that." Henderson recently spoke out on "Hardball with Chris Matthews" on the subject and published an op-ed in the Grio.
"One of the Most Important Bills Introduced During this Congress." The Leadership Conference welcomed the introduction of the Equal Employment Opportunity Restoration Act this week, which would restore and strengthen the rights of workers’ who have been discriminated in employment decisions."For the millions of Americans who don’t keep attorneys in their back-pocket, the Equal Employment Opportunity Restoration Act is one of the most important bills introduced during this Congress," said Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president. The bill is a legislative remedy to last year’s split Supreme Court decision in Dukes v. Wal-Mart that made it harder for workers to join together in a lawsuit if there is a pattern of workplace discrimination.
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