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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Civil Rights Act of 2004

Realize the Dream. Restore Civil Rights.

In 2004, Sen. Edward Kennedy introduced a bill called Fairness and Individual Rights Necessary to Ensure a Stronger Society: Civil Rights Act of 2004.

The FAIRNESS Act was an effort to counteract the potentially devastating impact of several U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding civil rights protections. The Court, which recently has ruled against plaintiffs seeking remedies to civil rights violations in schools and in the work place, has made it more difficult for victims of discrimination to gain redress through the courts.

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US Capitol with people spelling out the words Simple Justice

Why You Should Care

Who Supports FAIRNESS?

Fact Sheets

  • Older Workers - Why do older workers have fewer protections against age discrimination?
  • Access to the Courts - How has the Supreme Court restricted your right to sue in court for discrimination?
  • Pay Equity - Why are working women still unable to obtain equal pay for equal work?
  • Workers - How are workers losing their rights to sue for discrimination and unfair labor practices?
  • Effective Remedies - How are victims of discrimination prevented from obtaining full relief and damages?

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