Archive for the ‘Employment Discrimination’ category

Yesterday the New York State Senate, an otherwise dysfunctional political institution, passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights by a vote of 33 to 28.  The new law would provide New York’s estimated 200,000 domestic workers with basic labor protections such as a day off every week, overtime pay, paid sick days, the right to […]

Many people regard marriage rights for same-sex couples as the civil rights issue of this generation. Indeed, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have strong feelings one way or the other on this issue: Should courts recognize the marriage rights of lesbian and gay couples as a matter of dignity and equality, or […]

All eyes were on the Senate hearings this week on repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, meaning that before long members of the U.S. military will be permitted to do two things without negative consequences for the first time in U.S. history: i) say out loud “I am gay or lesbian,” and […]

Late this week the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee voted out in a bundle the Obama Administration’s Nominees to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (as well as nominees to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National Council on the Humanities, the Rehabilitation Services Administration at the Department of Education and the […]

Unless you were living in a cave you should be aware that a week ago Tuesday the people of Maine decided to pass on marriage rights for same-sex couples.  Commentators described it as not only “a harsh blow to the gay marriage drive,” but “a major set back to gay rights,” and “a tremendous and […]

A day doesn’t go by that we don’t hear about a man in the public eye being found to have had sex with female subordinates at work.  Today’s offender is 46 year-old Steve Phillips, ESPN baseball analyst (love that term, instead of “on-air baseball commentator who was accused of sexually harassing a female employee when […]

Today the House Education and Labor Committee, Chaired by Rep. George Miller, began hearings on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 – a bill that would amend federal employment discrimination law to include sexual orientation and gender identity protections.  Various forms of this bill have been introduced into Congress in prior years, but it has […]

The White House just announced that it has nominated Georgetown Law Center’s Professor Chai Feldblum as a Commissioner to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  This is huge not only because Feldblum would be the first out lesbian or gay person on the EEOC (which, as Nan Hunter points out will gain particular significance when/if ENDA […]

Anyone interested in gender stereotyping should rejoice the decision released last Friday in Prowel v. Wise Business Forms.  Brian Prowel describes himself as “effeminate” and that due to his effeminacy he was harassed and retaliated against at his job in violation of the sex discrimination protections contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act […]



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