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Workers' Rights

Across America, working families are dedicated to the economic advancement to promote fairness in the workplace and establish policies that help men and women meet the dual demands of work and family. Yet all too often, workers who attempt to join unions, assert other rights in the workplace, or file complaints with protection or civil rights agencies face employer threats, retaliation and discrimination.

Other issues affecting the well-being of working Americans include tax cuts, bankruptcy reform, and the minimum wage.

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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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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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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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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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Obama Signs Order Requiring Contractors to Disclose Labor Violations

August 1, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

President Obama on July 31 signed The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, requiring federal contractors – before they can receive new federal contracts – to disclose labor law violations that have occurred in the last three years.

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Obama Signs Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers

July 21, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

President Obama today signed an executive order barring discrimination against transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors, a move signaled by the White House more than one month ago.

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