Tag Archives: employment

Pelosi Wants Lame Duck ENDA Vote

According to Politico, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated during a conference call today that she is planning for a vote on ENDA during the lame duck session. Politico’s Ben Smith characterizes ENDA as an “easy lift” compared to other LGBT rights legislation. That’s probably true in the House as a high percentage of Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors. …

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ILLINOIS: Lesbian Fired From Catholic University Over Wedding Announcement

Benedictine University in Springfield, Illinois has fired administrator Laine Tadlock (above right) after her Iowa wedding announcement was published in the local newspaper. Tadlock says the university knew she was gay when she was hired and even knew about her impending wedding. The issue appears to be that Tadlock’s employer was named in the announcement. In a Sept. 30 letter …

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FEDS: Even If You Friend Your Boss, He Can’t Fire You For Facebook Dissings

A federal labor agency has ruled that social media postings are protected speech that employers cannot use against staffers. In what labor officials and lawyers view as a ground-breaking case involving workers and social media, the National Labor Relations Board has accused a company of illegally firing an employee after she criticized her supervisor on her Facebook page. This is …

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INDIANA: South Bend Rejects LGBT Rights

By a 6-3 vote, the city council of South Bend, Indiana has voted to continue to allow local businesses to fire people for being gay. Explaining his opposition to the proposal, council President Derek Dieter, D-District 1, said afterward, “I just don’t think it’s needed in South Bend.” Dieter said he had not seen any documentation proving workplace discrimination against …

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Porno Pete Vs. HRC

Porno Pete LaBarbera is accusing the Human Rights Campaign of “blackmail” because of the HRC’s point system for their Corporate Equality Index, which measures how major companies treat their LGBT employees. Via the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow: HRC is now demanding those corporations offer unlimited healthcare coverage for transgender employees — or lose the highest ranking offered under the Corporate …

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Quote Of The Day – Sheriff Billy McGee

“He got in a fight with his boyfriend, and the police were called to his house for a domestic disturbance. Those kinds of incidents don’t speak well for people in law enforcement.” – Sheriff Billy McGee, explaining why he fired gay corrections officer Andre Cooley. We can only presume that McGee will also fire any female officer beaten by her …

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Steven Slater Pleads Guilty

Famed/infamous JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater pleaded guilty today to one count of felony attempted criminal mischief and one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief. A one to three year sentence was suspended with the agreement that Slater enter a year-long mental health program. Slater also agreed to begin substance and alcohol abuse counseling and to pay his former employer $10,000 …

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MISSISSIPPI: Sheriff’s Department Sued By ACLU Over Officer Fired For Being Gay

The ACLU is suing Mississippi’s Forrest County Sheriff’s Department for firing a corrections officer after learning he is gay. On June 14, while at home and off-duty, Cooley called 911 after his boyfriend became physically violent. Among the officers who responded to the call was Chief of Corrections Charles Bolton, one of Cooley’s supervisors. After Cooley’s boyfriend told Bolton that …

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Photo Of The Day – Apple Nets

Foxconn factories in China have installed nets to catch workers attempting to hurl themselves to their deaths. The company, which manufactures a large portion of Apple’s products (as well as items for other electronics firms), has suffered a rash of employee suicides this year. Check out the Boston Globe’s photo essay on life on China.

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Christian Charity Fires Non-Christians

The Christian disaster relief charity World Vision, which receives federal funding to the tune of $300M annually, has won the right to fire non-Christian employees. The case is headed to federal appeals court. (Tipped by JMG reader Andy)

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Dems Vs GOP On Employment

From the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, an attack ad on the GOP’s voting record on employment issues.

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China Hears First HIV Discrimination Case

For the first time in the nation’s history a Chinese court will hear the case of a man who says he was denied a job because of his HIV status. The man said he had passed written tests and interviews for the teaching post in Anhui province. But he warned down after medical screening revealed his HIV status, China Daily …

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CBS Creates Gay Employee Group

CBS has formed an affinity group for LGBT employees. Via JMG reader Court: CBS this morning announced the creation of ANGLE: CBS Corporation’s first affinity group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. ANGLE will hold kick-off meetings in New York and Los Angeles for CBS, Showtime, Simon and Schuster and other CBS division employees. ANGLE plans personal and professional …

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Homosexuals Are Holding Him Back!

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The Downside Of Working At Home

Having worked at home for nine of the last fifteen years, including the last three, this panel hits frighteningly close to home. Source.

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Best Facebook Page (So Far)

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Team Slater

On sale now. His Facebook fan page has 137,000 members already.

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The Ballad Of Steven Slater

The chorus is pretty catchy!

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Quote Of The Day – Ben Stein

“The people who have been laid off and cannot find work are generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities. I say “generally” because there are exceptions. But in general, as I survey the ranks of those who are unemployed, I see people who have overbearing and unpleasant personalities and/or who do not know how to do a day’s …

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MAINE: Gay Man Wins $1M Employment Discrimination Suit Against Airline

A Portland, Maine jury has awarded $1M to a gay man who says Express Jet Airlines unfairly passed him over for promotion because he is gay. According to court documents, the company faced a complaint in 2003-04 from three female employees who had unsuccessfully applied for an open supervisory job. At the time, Express Jet managers at the jetport were …

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