LGBTQ Rights

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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Senate Passes LGBT Worker Protections

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) today, voting 64-32 to prohibit employers from discriminating against LGBT employees nationwide. Though a majority of Americans believe this form of discrimination is already illegal, only 17 states have laws protecting LGBT workers from discrimination. “Today’s bipartisan Senate vote is a critical step toward ensuring access to … Read More

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Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) Reintroduced in the 113th Congress

Thursday, April 25, 2013

With no federal law currently protecting  individuals from job discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, civil rights advocates applauded today the reintroduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in Congress. Arguing that the “time has long since come to end this injustice for LGBT Americans and pass ENDA,” The Leadership … Read More

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