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If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.

Chief Justice Roberts Says 'Quitting Your Job Is A Very Big Deal'

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For a brief moment on Monday, Chief Justice John Roberts seemed to acknowledge workers who are forced to quit due to a discriminatory wo...

Netflix and the Flexibility Stigma

Joan Williams | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Joan Williams

The 12 weeks provided by the Family and Medical Leave Act is clearly too short. A 2005 study found that American babies whose mothers were back at work within 12 weeks were less likely to get doctors' visits and immunizations on time, and less likely to be breastfed

The Next Title VII Case Is Now Ready for Prime Time, and the Bigotry Is Visible in High Def

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Ms. Leyth Jamal was subjected to a hostile work environment at the Saks department store in the Houston Galleria when she was employed there in 2012. The harassment was typical and brutal: routine misgendering, forcing her to use the men's room, and a general environment grounded in ridicule from her co-workers.

The Science of Human Sexuality Goes to Court

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Today I'd like to discuss one of the first two post-Macy cases being brought by the EEOC, a case that highlights the conflict surrounding the transgender condition brilliantly. It shows us the state of mind of those Americans who either are profoundly ignorant of science or detest those who don't fit into their limited conceptions of sexuality.

Trans Legal Trailblazers Macy and Glenn Speak Out for Sweeping Educational Efforts

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

This is an opportunity to educate the general population that discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, which encompasses tens of millions of people, is illegal and harmful to the bottom line. This is an opportunity to humanize and overcome ignorance and fear so that there is no desire to deny employment in the first place.

Major LGBT Advocates Who Had Previously Buried the Lede Come Out of the Closet -- Except One

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

I would like to return to the post that generated the most debate and heat, "Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections," which provided in-depth background about the most momentous federal trans-rights advance in our history, and the community silence that followed. It struck a chord.

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

LGBT Civil Rights and Religious Liberty: The Challenge

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Since much homophobia and transphobia is rooted in misogyny, it's clear to me that in order to cleanse our faith-based institution of anti-LGBT bigotry, we're going to have to do a much better job of dealing with the pervasive sexism. That will require a very long-term effort.

What Hobby Lobby Shows Us About the Supreme Court and Civil Rights Laws: Winners and Losers in the Roberts Court

Elliot Mincberg | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Elliot Mincberg

Comparing Hobby Lobby with the two rulings in civil rights law cases issued by the Court over the last year, the key factor that explains how the conservative majority ruled is not precedent, the language of the statute, or congressional intent, but who wins and who loses.

Regarding Culture Thieves

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Diversity is no mere slogan, but a challenging reality. Respect that is not reciprocated is subservience. As I would not have your beliefs imposed on me, so I must not impose mine on you. This is part of the social contract.

The End of ENDA?

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

If my gay colleagues choose to jettison ENDA, I'm willing to back off. But the question with which I am left is: Now what? Do we really expect that the House of Representatives, which won't even debate the version of ENDA with broad religious exemptions, will seriously consider a stricter amended one?

Should the Federal Government Regulate the Spoken Language That Employees Use in the Workplace?

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Wendy N. Powell

Employers have the right to hire people consistent with their needs and bona fide qualifications but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC...

'Trans Rights' and 'Gay Rights': Someday We'll Be Together Again

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

I am heartened by the new focus on gender expression and its significance for gay as well as trans persons, and hopeful that such a focus will force our state and national advocacy organizations to evolve in a manner that will benefit all of us, and in particular the least among us.

Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Transgender Americans are protected against discrimination in employment in all 50 states under federal law. There, I said it. Our gay and trans organizations have been, at best, burying the lede, and at worst, remaining silent and even misrepresenting the current legal state of affairs.

Another Historic Week for Trans Civil Rights

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

First, the Senate committee overseeing ENDA passed the bill to the floor of the Senate without amendment. Then Mia Macy won a judgment from the DOJ in Macy v. Holder, and a settlement was reached in another trans discrimination case, this time at a private employer in Maryland.

Musings on Windsor and Perry and a Better Day for America

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Trans people are often married when they transition, so these rulings add comfort to knowing that the complicated politics of gendered identity will have less impact on their relationships, particularly when they dissolve or inheritance issues arise.

ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) Redux: Its History and Importance for All of Us

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Just as we aren't satisfied with protections at one level of government, and keep pushing for state and local protections in addition to federal protections, adding more explicit federal protections can only help the trans community cement its protections.

The Unexpected Ruling That Nearly Cost Judge Sotomayor Her Supreme Court Nomination

Judge Frederic Block | Posted 04.09.2013 | Crime
Judge Frederic Block

What follows is an excerpt from Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge, a book where I try to explain life on the bench and the unknown parts of our legal system.

A Remarkable Year for Transgender Civil Rights

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The "baker's dozen" of 2012 -- the most incredible 13 months in transgender (as well as LGBT) civil rights history, began on Dec 6, 2011, with two remarkable events.

No Gays Left Behind

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Now that the courts are recognizing that sex and gender overlap, and now that Americans realize that gender identity and sexual orientation are rooted in the biology of our brains, we are nearing the moment that the entire LGBT community may be protected under an expanded Title VII.

Suing the Old Boys' Club of Big Law

Kate McGuinness | Posted 02.06.2013 | Women
Kate McGuinness

When lawyers manage their own businesses, their own law firms, they should be expected to obey the law. Often, they don't -- especially when the law mandates equal treatment for female employees.

Combating Discrimination: The Good News, Sort of

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

This year, for Thanksgiving, I celebrated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It's been almost half a century since Congress codified the fact that we are all equal, at least on paper. I trust it won't take us another 50 to really make it a reality.

Fired For Wearing A Skirt? EEOC Takes Burger King To Court

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business

Burger King's motto might be "Have it your way," but the slogan's rhetorical generosity does not, apparently, apply to its employees, according to a d...

Help for LGBT Homeless

Robyn Carolyn Montague | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robyn Carolyn Montague

The recent regulatory changes brought about by HUD bring fresh hope to social justice advocates in bringing parity to those individuals in the LGBT Community that are homeless, especially towards those that are trans-identified.