Tag Archives: employment

OKLAHOMA: Senate Panel Advances Republican Bill To Ban Local LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinances

NPR Tulsa reports: An Oklahoma senate panel approved a bill Monday to prevent city and county governments from outdoing state laws on employment and public accommodations. The bill initially prevented local governments from going further than any state law. A committee substitute focused it on employment and public accommodations laws. Senate Bill 694 author Sen. Joshua Brecheen [photo] sparred with …

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MISSOURI: Cop Files Lawsuit Alleging Superior Told Him To “Tone Down His Gayness” To Earn Promotion

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: A 22-year St. Louis County police veteran who was once picked to become the department’s liaison to the gay community is now suing the department for discrimination. In a lawsuit filed Jan. 10, Sgt. Keith Wildhaber claims a former St. Louis County Police Board member told him to “tone down your gayness” if he ever …

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White House: Trump Will Keep Obama’s Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees Of Federal Contractors

Perhaps obviously, this doesn’t rule out other actions reportedly under consideration. The New York Times reports: The White House said on Monday that President Trump would leave in place a 2014 Obama administration order that created new workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. In a statement issued in response to growing questions about whether Mr. Trump would …

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MARYLAND: Gay State Rep. Luke Clippinger Discloses Leukemia Diagnosis At Rally For His Paid Sick Leave Bill

The Washington Post reports: A Maryland delegate spoke in personal terms on Monday night as he joined advocates and supporters of a bill that would require companies to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Del. Luke H. Clippinger (D-Baltimore) shared for the first time publicly that he was diagnosed in June with a rare form of leukemia. Two weeks …

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Obama’s Final Jobs Report: 75th Month Of Growth

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. economy added 156,000 new jobs in December, according to government data issued Friday. The final issued by the Labor Department during President Obama’s administration showed the unemployment rate at 4.7 percent, slightly up from 4.6 percent the previous month. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected American companies to add 180,000 jobs in the month. …

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VIRGINIA: Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe Signs LGBT Rights Executive Order, Vows To Veto “Bathroom Bill”

The Washington Blade reports: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed an executive order that bans anti-LGBT discrimination among state employees, contractors and subcontractors. “Today’s executive order is a huge leap forward in our goal toward becoming a state that is a safe, welcoming and equal place for all Virginians,” said Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish in a press …

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GOP Rep: Trump’s Team Has Assured Me He’ll Allow Christian Contractors To Discriminate Against LGBTs

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Rep. Steve Russell was disappointed that his religious freedom amendment was stripped from a federal defense-spending bill the House passed on Friday. But the Oklahoma Republican is encouraged he will prevail in the long-term, telling BuzzFeed News that the incoming Trump administration has given him “very good assurances” it would address the issue upon taking …

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Defense Spending Bill Stripped Of Amendment That Would Have Rescinded Obama’s LGBT Protections

A glimmer of good news, for now. The Voice Of America reports: A compromise version of a massive U.S. defense policy bill omits controversial provisions such as a clause Democrats said allowed discrimination against homosexuals and a requirement that women register for the draft. The $618.7 billion National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, will likely come up for a vote …

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Unemployment Dips In Final Pre-Election Report

CNN Money reports: America’s economy stayed on track before the U.S. election. The U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs in October, a solid gain, yet below the 191,000 jobs added in September, according to the Labor Department. It is the last look at the health of the economy for Americans voters before they cast their ballots. Unemployment fell a tick to …

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REPORT: 2012 Lawsuit Alleged That Trump Demanded That “Unattractive” Women Be Fired From His Resort

The Los Angeles Times reports: Donald Trump wanted only the pretty ones, his employees said. After the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes opened for play in 2005, its world-famous owner didn’t stop by more than a few times a year to visit the course hugging the coast of the Pacific. When Trump did visit, the club’s managers …

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Feds Sue Homocon Peter Thiel’s Startup For Hiring Discrimination: White Applicants Allegedly Given Priority

Vice News reports: Working at Palantir sounds pretty sweet. According to jobs site Glassdoor, the secretive data analysis startup pays software engineers six-figure salaries, and interns can get $7,500 a month plus corporate housing in places like Palo Alto or New York. But according to the Department of Labor, white applicants have a dramatically unfair advantage in landing those gigs. …

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ILLINOIS: Social Security Administration Staffer Says He’d Rather Be Fired Than Watch LGBT Diversity Video

The Champaign News-Gazette reports: A Social Security Administration employee who believes he shouldn’t have to watch a workplace diversity video about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, because it violates his religious beliefs, fears he may lose his job because of it. David Hall, 42, of Tolono has worked for the federal agency for 14 years, based in the …

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Federal Judge Rules That Hobby Lobby Decision Means Transgender Employees Can Be Fired Because Jesus

Politico reports: A Supreme Court decision allowing some companies to opt out of portions of Obamacare for religious reasons also guarantees the right of firms to engage in religiously motivated discrimination against their employees on the basis of gender, a federal judge in Michigan ruled Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox held that the Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling on …

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US House Finally Approves LGBT Protections Bill Would Put Obama’s Executive Order Into Law

But check out the amendments. Politico reports: The House late Wednesday night passed a spending bill amendment that would ban federal contractors who discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people, putting into law a 2014 executive order. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) had attempted to attach a similar amendment to a Veterans Affairs appropriations bill last week, but House …

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LOUISIANA: Senate Committee Advances LGBT Anti-Discrimination Employment Bill In 4-3 Vote

Two weeks ago Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order banning employment discrimination against LGBT state employees. Today the chance for wider protections advanced. Via the Associated Press: Senators advanced a proposal to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, moments after an initial vote appeared to stall the measure in committee. Sen. Regina Barrow, …

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Wingnuts Blast ESPN Over Firing Of Curt Schilling

Yesterday ESPN fired baseball commentator Curt Schilling for sharing a viciously anti-transgender image on social media. Right wing figures, as usual, are responding with screams about political correctness, homofascism, and freedom of speech – the last of which, of course, only applies to actions by the government, but whatever! Outrage! More interesting is the statement posted on Facebook yesterday by …

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Rockers Boston Go Springsteen On North Carolina

THREE shows cancelled. From the band’s Facebook page: While the enjoyment of our fans is our central concern, and we have been looking forward to celebrating forty years of history performing for our listeners in North Carolina with spectacular live shows this spring, human rights are more important. It is with deep regret, that I must announce the cancellation of …

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Gov. John Kasich On Anti-LGBT “Right To Discriminate” Laws: Gays Just Need To Get Over It [VIDEO]

From the Democratic National Committee: This morning on CNN’s State of the Union, John Kasich was asked whether he would take steps to try to stop states from passing anti-LGBT “Right to Discriminate” laws. His blunt response? “No, I wouldn’t.” He added, “What I like to say is, just relax, if you don’t like what somebody is doing, pray for …

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WaPo Gives NC Gov. Pat McCrory “Three Pinocchios”

The Washington Post has evaluated North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s statements in the video accompanying last week’s executive order and given him “Three Pinocchios.” They write: By saying he is “taking action to affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality” through his executive order, McCrory creates the illusion that there will be more changes than he can …

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Pat McCrory On Meet The Press: The “Human Relations Council” Is More Powerful Than The NRA [VIDEO]

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on Meet The Press this morning, where he claimed that he was recently congratulated by black residents for protecting them from evil LGBTs. McCrory also stumbled over the name of the Human Rights Campaign, calling them the “Human Relations, uh, Rights Council.” McCrory then exclaimed, “My God, they are more powerful than the NRA!” …

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