Tag Archives: employment

California Will No Longer Do Business With Companies That Don’t Provide Benefits To Trans Employees

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill which bans the state from doing business with companies that fail to offer equal benefits to transgender employees. The National Center for Lesbian Rights applauds: “In signing SB 703, Governor Brown has made California the first state in the nation to refuse to contract with businesses and other entities that discriminate against …

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GoFundMe: I Got Fired For Anti-Gay Proselytizing At Work After My Bosses Said “Stop Doing That”

JMG reader Nick points us to this GoFundMe drive in which steel worker Chris Rouston admits that he was fired after repeated anti-gay proselytizing to coworkers. Sure, his boss DID totally say to cut that shit out, but Jesus is the REAL boss of the steel plant, so send him money. From the money beg: Chris shared Ray Comforts new …

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HYPOCRISY EXPLOSION: Breitbart Slams Muslim Flight Attendant Seeking Workplace Religious Liberty

A flight attendant who recently converted to Islam is suing ExpressJet for suspending her rather than making a “reasonable accommodation” of her newly-found unwillingness to serve alcohol. Gosh, does that sound at ALL fucking familiar? Pam Geller rants at Breitbart: So now we have yet another Muslim workplace lawsuit from CAIR – once again designed to impose Islam on the …

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FLORIDA: Osceola County Commission Unanimously Approves LGBT Rights Bill With Religious Exemptions [VIDEO]

The commissioners of Florida’s Osceola County, population 275,000, have unanimously approved an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance with exemptions for religious belief. The Orlando Sentinel reports: The ordinance, which would take effect as soon as it is filed with the state, includes sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in the groups protected from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Despite …

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Trump Endorses LGBT Employment Protections

While the internet goes nuts over Donald Trump’s just unveiled plan to build a wall at the Mexican border, yesterday on Meet The Press he also declared that he supports LGBT employment anti-discrimination protections. Via NBC News: He acknowledged critics who say he’s not a real conservative “have a point from years ago.” But Trump has insisted he’s more in-line …

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FLORIDA: Conservative GOP State Rep. Holly Raschein Files LGBT Workplace Protections Act

With the passage of the Equality Act at least one Congress away, the necessary work continues at the state level. The Miami Herald reports: State Rep. Holly Raschein this week filed a bill for the 2016 legislative session that would ban workplace discrimination in Florida on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. “At my core, I feel this …

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GEORGIA: Catholic School Settles Sexual Orientation Discrimination Suit Filed By Fired Gay Band Director

The Catholic school in Macon, Georgia which fired its gay band director for announcing his plan to marry has settled his sexual orientation discrimination suit for an undisclosed amount. Valdosta Today reports: Flint Dollar, who now lives in New York, alleged he was fired in May of 2014 over plans to marry his same-sex partner, claiming discrimination. Dollar sought back …

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More Corporate Support For Equality Act

From the Human Rights Campaign: Four new major American companies have become the latest to endorse the Equality Act, federal legislation that would establish full, federal equality for all LGBT Americans. In doing so, these leading companies – IBM, Oracle, Orbitz, and Symantec – made clear that they believe all LGBT Americans should have the protections from discrimination in federal …

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FRC Staffer Craig James Sues Fox Sports For Anti-Christian Religious Discrimination

Former New England Patriots running back, failed US Senate candidate, and current Family Research Council staffer Craig James has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports, alleging that the network fired him as a commentator over his Christian stance on same-sex marriage. Yahoo News reports: In 2013, Fox Sports Southwest fired James two days after it hired him upon …

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VIDEO: Equality Act Introduced

Lambda Legal reacts: We applaud the introduction of this essential bill. Today, it spotlights the pervasive, unjust, and unacceptable discrimination facing LGBT Americans and their families; when passed, it will be a crucial next step forward in ending that discrimination. Its introduction comes nearly one month after the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that made marriage equality …

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Major Corporations Back Equality Act

Today the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT rights bill, will be introduced in Congress. The Human Rights Campaign has already brought three major corporations on board. Via press release: STATEMENT BY APPLE – “At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. …

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CONGRESS: Comprehensive LGBT Rights Bill Set For Introduction On Thursday

Via Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade: A highly anticipated bill that would explicitly bar anti-LGBT discrimination in all areas of civil rights law is set for introduction in both chambers of Congress on Thursday, the Washington Blade has learned. Capitol Hill sources said lead sponsors Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) will introduce the legislation on Thursday …

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Maggie Gallagher Has The EEOC Sadz

“On Friday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made a remarkably lawless decision: it unilaterally added ‘sexual orientation’ to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, something wholly unjustified by the text, by the history, or by the plain meaning of the statue, hijacking the civil rights movement in a profound new way. Everyone knows the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does …

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Jeb Bush Backs Workplace & Housing Protections For LGBT Citizens (But Only On A State-By-State Basis)

Jeb Bush spoke to staffers at a San Francisco tech startup yesterday where he declared that workplace and housing discrimination protections for LGBT Americans should be enacted, but on a state-by-state basis. An employee who identified himself to Bush as being gay asked about Bush’s position on legislation to ban discrimination of LGBT Americans. “I don’t think you should be …

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EEOC Rules That Anti-Gay Workplace Discrimination Is Barred By Existing Law

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that existing civil rights law bars sexual orientation-based employment discrimination — a groundbreaking decision to advance legal protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers. “[A]llegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex,” the commission concluded in …

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Ford Sued After Firing Christian Worker For Emailed Anti-Gay Tirade

Back in a January a Ford worker filed an EEOC complaint against the automaker, claiming that he was wrongfully terminated after he responded to an internal newsletter with an anti-gay tirade. The EEOC decided in April not to pursue the complaint, which was filed by the Texas-based anti-gay hate group, the Liberty Institute. Now the man has filed a federal …

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Obama To Expand Overtime Coverage

Via USA Today: The Obama administration is unveiling long-awaited new rules that would allow more workers to claim overtime pay. Currently, certain workers who make more than $23,660 cannot claim overtime; the new proposal would raise that threshold to $50,440 per year. “Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve,” President Obama writes …

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COURT: Uber Drivers Are Employees

Via USA Today: In a ruling that could significantly raise costs for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, the California Labor Commission ruled this week that a driver who filed a complaint against Uber Technologies was an employee, not an independent contractor. The driver, Barbara Berwick, was awarded a mere $4,152 — chump change for Uber. But the technology giant …

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Gawker Media Staff Votes To Unionize

Via Gawker: Yesterday, more than 100 Gawker Media editorial employees voted on the question of whether to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East for the purpose of collective bargaining—that is, whether we want to form a union. The results are in. Yesterday’s votes were cast electronically and tallied by VoteNet, an independent online voting system. Out of …

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Beleaguered Manhattan Hoteliers Hit With Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

The Advocate reports: Out NYC Hotel owners Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, still doing damage control after their ill-fated dinner with antigay presidential candidate Ted Cruz, recently received more bad news — four former and current employees at the KTCHN restaurant and XL Nightclub, located within the Out NYC, are suing the establishment. The suit, alleging discrimination and withheld pay, …

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