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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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Lawmakers Respond to Supreme Court Ruling with Introduction of Arbitration Fairness Act

May 4, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

In light of the recent AT&T vs. Concepcion Supreme Court case, Sen. Al Franken, D. Minn., Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D. Conn., and Rep. Hank Johnson, D. Ga., are expected to reintroduce the Arbitration Fairness Act (AFA) this week. The AFA would invalidate mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, or civil rights disputes.

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Supreme Court Decision Limits Workers’ and Consumers’ Rights in Pursuit of Claims Against Corporations

May 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Consumers’ and employees’ right to class action lawsuits has been limited by the recent Supreme Court case ruling, AT&T v. Concepcion.

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Congress to Introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act

April 12, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Senate and the House of Representatives will introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) today in honor of Equal Pay Day, a day when people around the country call attention to disparities in salary between men and women.

The PFA updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially the same work.

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Richard Trumka

April 1, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

On May 12, the civil and human rights community will honor labor leader Richard Trumka with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for a lifelong advocacy on behalf of all working people.

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Study: Discrimination Has a More Severe Effect on Low-Wage Earners

March 31, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The consequences of workplace discrimination are most severe for low-wage workers, according to a recent study by the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Wal-Mart Class Action Case

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.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Stands with Workers in Fight for Basic Rights

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. 

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Unemployed Workers Experience Hiring Discrimination

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.

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Transgender People Face “Injustice at Every Turn”

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. 

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules to Protect Employee’s Family from Retaliation

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.

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