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Merkley, Cicilline Reintroduce Equality Act to Protect LGBTQ Americans

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D. Ore., and Rep. David Cicilline, D. R.I., on Tuesday reintroduced the Equality Act, which would provide nationwide protections against discrimination in housing, credit, education, employment, and public accommodations for LGBTQ people. The bill was first introduced in July 2015 and was included in The Leadership Conference’s list of 2016 legislative priorities. … Read More

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Final LGBT Workplace Protection Rule Announced

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on December 3 announced a final rule to protect LGBT federal contractors, which will implement an executive order signed by President Obama in July. The rule will go into effect 120 days from Friday, December 6, when it was published in the Federal Register. “Americans believe in fairness and … Read More

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Department of Labor Issues Guidance to Protect Trans Workers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Following an announcement from Secretary of Labor Tom Perez in June that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would be updating its nondiscrimination guidance, DOL on August 19 issued that guidance to explicitly classify discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status as sex discrimination. “Inclusiveness isn’t just good for workers; it’s smart for business,” … Read More

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Obama Signs Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers

Monday, July 21, 2014

President Obama today signed an executive order barring discrimination against transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors, a move signaled by the White House more than one month ago. Since then, nearly 70 groups – including The Leadership Conference – sent a letter to Obama asking that he not include a broad religious … Read More

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DOL’s Proposed Rule to Extend FMLA Protections to Employees in Same-Sex Marriages

Friday, June 20, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced a proposed rule extending Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections to all employees in legal same-sex marriages regardless of whether their home state recognizes the marriage. This rule would support the implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor v. United States decision that struck down … Read More

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