Tag Archives: employment

Seventh House Republican Backs ENDA

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) has become the seventh House Republican to back the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Via Politico: That Coffman is one of the first Republicans coming out in support of ENDA is no surprise, and it highlights another step in his political evolution. The Colorado Republican has reversed positions on immigration and abortion in recent months as he tries …

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LIVE VIDEO: Nebraska Senate Debates Workplace Protections For LGBT Citizens

Here’s what’s going on: Under LB 485 by Lincoln Sen. Danielle Conrad, employers would be prohibited from discriminating against a person on the basis of his or her sexual orientation. The bill applies to employers of 15 or more people, those with state contracts, the state of Nebraska and other government agencies. The debate began in the Legislature Thursday but …

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BROOKLYN: Cater-Waiter Sues Houston Rockets Over Homophobic Taunting

A New York City man is suing the NBA franchise Houston Rockets and a local catering company, claiming that he was suspended without pay in retaliation for complaining that Rockets players had taunted him with homophobic slurs while he set up a buffet in the visiting team locker room at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The incident happened early last year, prior …

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Employment Protections Map

Lambda Legal notes: All government employees are protected by the U.S. Constitution against irrational discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, some measure of protection already exists under Title VII based on gender, which has been held to include gender identity and expression. The U.s. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and several courts have interpreted Title VII …

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Appeals Court Upholds $1.6M Settlement To Lesbian Chef For Workplace Abuse

A New York state appeals court has upheld a 2012 judgement against a Manhattan restaurant owner who harangued his lesbian chef, regularly telling her that she would burn in hell. Courthouse News Service reports: The owner of a Mexican restaurant in Tribeca who warned his staff weekly about the eternal damnation awaiting “gay people” owes a lesbian chef $1.6 million, …

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Anti-Gay Hate Groups Bully World Vision Into Reversing Position On Gay Staffers

Less than 48 hours after announcing that it would now hire legally married gay people, the massive and well-regarded global Christian charity World Vision has crumbled in the face of vicious condemnation and boycott demands from anti-gay hate groups and major evangelical denominations. Via the Christian news site World Magazine: Board member Stephen Hayner, president of Columbia Theological Seminary, replied …

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Joe Biden Pushes ENDA At HRC Gala

“My grandkids, my children, and their kids are going to be shocked, it shocks the conscious that this very moment in American history, in some states, an employer can fire you just because of who you are, or who you love.  It’s close to barbaric.  I mean think about this, a man, no I really mean this.  Imagine, imagine, 20 …

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Nearly 200 Democrats Sign Letter Calling On President Obama To Issue Executive Order Barring Employment Discrimination By Federal Contractors

With ENDA continuing to fruitlessly spin its wheels in the US House, today a coalition of nearly 200 Democratic lawmakers signed a letter to President Obama which calls for an executive order barring anti-LGBT employment discrimination by federal contractors. Not one Republican signed the letter. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: In a letter dated March 18, 148 House …

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NEW YORK CITY: Jury Awards $500K To Hotel Manager Over HIV Discrimination

A jury has awarded over $500K to a Manhattan man who filed an HIV discrimination lawsuit after being fired by a midtown hotel. A Manhattan Federal Court jury awarded Antonio Muñoz the stunning payout three years after he was abruptly terminated by the Manhattan Club, a boutique hotel and timeshare on W. 56th St. The 50-year-old Inwood man said he’s …

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Perkins: Send Money To Stop ENDA

“When the Senate last year passed this dangerous bill, we worked with conservatives in the House of Representatives to stop it. The bill has not moved out of committee. Victory! Except that there’s no ‘quit’ in liberal efforts to radically transform America — and, therefore the Left is fanatically committed to passage of ENDA. So I’m sorry to report: it’s …

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Indiana’s Hate Bill Is Dead

Indiana’s hate bill has been shelved, doubtlessly because of the outcry from the right and the left about Arizona’s bill. “I didn’t quite understand the firestorm it would create,” Rep. Eric Turner, the provision’s author, told the House Ways and Means Committee. The committee narrowly approved the provision on Monday, slipping it into an unrelated bill and quickly stirring controversy …

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INDIANA: House Committee Approves Bill To Legalize Anti-Gay Employment Discrimination By State Contractors

Indiana GOP House Rep. Eric Turner, whose marriage ban failed* last week, now wants to make it legal for state contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees. His bill Via the Indianapolis Star: Some state contractors would be allowed to discriminate against employees based on religion under a provision state lawmakers slipped into an unrelated bill during a House committee meeting …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte Mayor Asks Fired Grocery Worker For His Resume

Drew Swope, the North Carolina grocery store worker who was fired this weekend after GOP Gov. Pat McCrory tattled on him for making a rude comment, has been asked for his resume by Democratic Charlotte Mayor Pat Cannon. From Swope’s Facebook page: “The mayor of Charlotte, Pat Cannon, just called me and asked me to send him my resume and …

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Obama Issues Executive Order Raising Minimum Wage For Federal Workers

Via the Associated Press: Obama is speaking at a White House event where he’ll sign an executive order increasing the minimum hourly wage for federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10. He first announced the measure during his State of the Union address. Because the measure applies only to new contracts, the White House says it will affect just a few …

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UTAH: 13 LGBT Activists Arrested

Via Reuters: Thirteen Utah gay rights activists were arrested on Monday at the state Capitol after a sit-in to demand lawmakers hear a bill barring housing and job discrimination based on sexual orientation, authorities said. About 20 activists, buoyed by a court ruling that briefly legalized same-sex marriage in the conservative state, had blocked access to part of the Capitol. …

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UTAH: Activists Blockade Senate Offices Over Anti-Discrimination Bill

Utah Senate Bill 100 would outlaw housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Utah Senate has refused to hear the bill. RELATED: Local Fox News reporter Ben Winslow has been our most reliable source since the Utah marriage story exploded into the news in December.

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IDAHO: Police Arrest 43 LGBT Activists For Occupying State Senate Entrance

Via the Associated Press: Police have arrested dozens of gay rights activists, saying their protest blocked entrances to the Idaho Senate chambers for more than two hours. Idaho State Police say they took 43 people into custody Monday after the demonstrators stood shoulder to shoulder and prevented lawmakers from getting past. Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, the Idaho Legislature’s first …

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HomoQuotable – Michelangelo Signorile

“The Duck Dynasty controversy has become so ugly so fast. It’s time to just call it what it is. Religious zealots like Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson are using the Bible to defame a group of people and excuse horrible actions against that group in the name of their Bible, refusing responsibility for the hate their words condone and inspire. …

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NEW YORK CITY: Teacher Claims Lesbian Boss Fired Him For Being Straight

An Upper East Side private school has been sued by a former gym teacher who claims that his lesbian boss fired him because she disapproved of his “traditional family status.” Gregory Kenney, 50, taught gym at the Trinity School on W. 91st St. for 16 years before he was let go in June 2012. Kenney, who lives with his wife …

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