June 17, 2012
Even before President Obama endorsed same-sex marriage, that cause had become synonymous in many minds with gay rights. But an equally important item on the equality agenda is protection of gays, lesbians and transgender people from job discrimination. Last week the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing on the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of "actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
June 18, 2011 |
The Supreme Court heads into the last two weeks of its term Monday, facing a final round of decisions on matters as varied as violent video games, global warming, drug prescription records and alleged gender bias at Wal-Mart stores. In all, the justices are due to hand down decisions in 14 cases that have been argued since November. They will meet Monday and Thursday of this week to announce opinions. The remaining cases are set to be decided the following week. Here are the major cases pending: •Video games: The court will decide whether California and other states can limit the sale of ultra-violent video games to minors.
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May 8, 2011 |
The sounds of Helen Reddy's 1972 anthem to the women's liberation movement, "I Am Woman," filled the Irvine hotel ballroom where several hundred participants gathered Saturday for the American Muslim Women's Empowerment Conference. The song selection was fitting because the message speakers gave was basically the same as it was four decades ago: Know your rights, and exercise them. But there was an added twist: By standing up for their rights inside and outside the home, American Muslim women can be a force against religious and political extremism.
March 23, 2011 |
Brad Seligman is a determined civil rights lawyer with a small office and a powerful idea for turning a single lawsuit into a nationwide class action claim against America's largest employer. Armed with stories from several women who said they were passed over for promotions at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Seligman is at the helm of what could be the largest job-discrimination case in U.S. history, affecting as many as two million women and putting at risk tens of billions of dollars of the company's money.
March 2, 2011 |
The U.S. Supreme Court extended the reach of federal laws against job discrimination, ruling Tuesday that employees are protected from illegal bias not just from a top decision maker but from other supervisors as well. The justices said the crucial issue was whether illegal bias was a "motivating factor" in the decision to fire an employee. Companies and public agencies are not shielded from liability, they said, simply because the supervisor who made the decision to fire a worker did so for valid reasons.
March 12, 2009 |
A record number of workers filed federal job discrimination complaints last year, with claims by older employees of unfair treatment showing the largest increase. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that it received more than 95,000 discrimination claims during the 2008 fiscal year, a 15% increase over the previous year. Claims of age discrimination rose by 28.7%, with 24,582 claims, while allegations based on race, sex and retaliation also surged to record highs.