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.
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.
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.
December 10, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Thousands of truck drivers shuttling cargo at major ports in the U.S. are being denied basic civil and human rights due to companies illegally hiring them as “independent contractors” rather than employees, according to “The Big Rig: Poverty, Pollution, and the Misclassification of Truck Drivers at America’s Ports,” a groundbreaking new report examining the working conditions and employment status of 110,000 port truckers.
December 1, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Efforts to approve an extension of emergency unemployment benefits before a November 30 deadline were blocked in the Senate last night, leaving millions of workers and their families facing the potential loss of vital income heading into the holiday season.
November 15, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
With the unemployment rate stuck at 9.6 percent, a clear majority of Americans thinks it is premature for Congress to start cutting off extended unemployment benefits to workers, according to a new poll by Hart Research Associates.
November 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Congress returns to work next Monday for the lame-duck session, the last work period of the 111th Congress before the new Congress is sworn in next year.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has identified the following six goals as the civil and human rights community's highest priorities for the lame duck session:
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