Economic Security News

Press Release 01.7.20

Housing Department Proposal Would Hamstring the Fair Housing Act

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation:

Press Release 12.17.19

Congress Passes Long-Overdue Parental Leave, Fair Chance Hiring Protections

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the inclusion of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019 and paid parental leave for federal workers in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by Congress:

Press Release 11.13.19

As Arguments Begin, Civil Rights Leaders Urge Supreme Court to Uphold One of the Nation’s Oldest Anti-Discrimination Statutes

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments that pit Comcast (CMCSA), America’s biggest cable provider, against National Association of African American-Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc., and more importantly one of the Nation’s oldest anti-discrimination statutes, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

Press Release 10.1.19

Civil Rights Leaders Urge Supreme Court to Reject Challenge to One of the Nation’s Oldest Anti-Discrimination Statutes

WASHINGTON – Civil rights leaders urged the Supreme Court to preserve a civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and ethnicity when making and enforcing contracts. The law applies to all private and public actors and prohibits retaliation. Known as Section 1981, it has been one of the cornerstones of the oldest and most storied pieces of civil rights laws for over 150 years - the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

Press Release 09.5.19

Civil Rights Leaders: Title VII Must Cover LGBTQ People

WASHINGTON – Two civil rights leaders today outlined in SCOTUSblog why Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Sharon McGowan, chief strategy officer and legal director of Lambda Legal, authored the piece and previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division – with Gupta as acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division and McGowan as principal deputy chief of the Appellate Section.

Press Release 08.16.19

Trump Administration is Making Housing Discrimination Great Again

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed rule to amend the agency’s “disparate impact” regulations that provide anti-discrimination protections to people of color, women, and others: