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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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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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EEOC Reports Unprecedented Number of Charges of Workplace Discrimination Filed Last Year

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.

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New Reports Expose Violations of Workers’ Human Rights

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.

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Business, Civil Rights Groups Challenge Arizona Law on Undocumented Workers

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. 

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New Report Documents Exploitation of Truck Drivers at Nation’s Ports

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.

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Congress Lets Emergency Unemployment Benefits Expire, Millions Facing Potential Loss of Income

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.

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Senate Won't Consider Paycheck Fairness Act

November 17, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today a minority of senators blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) from coming to the Senate floor for a vote.  

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New Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Extending Unemployment Benefits

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.

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