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

Elliot Mincberg | Posted 07.24.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | Gay 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 07.15.2014 | Gay 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 07.10.2014 | 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 01.23.2014 | Gay 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 11.17.2013 | Gay 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 09.15.2013 | Gay 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 08.28.2013 | Gay 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 07.01.2013 | Gay 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 02.26.2013 | Gay 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 02.11.2013 | Gay 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 09.24.2012 | Gay 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.

Store Allegedly Turned Down A Job Candidate Because He Wasn't Christian Enough

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.14.2012 | Business

It's not exactly common during job interviews, for the interviewer to ask which churches you've attended the past few years, and whether you've been "...

Most of Obama's 'Controversial' Birth Control Rule Has Been Law For A Decade

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama's decision to require most employers to cover birth control and insurers to offer it at no cost has created a firestorm of cont...

Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away: The Supreme Court Closes Up Shop

David Coleman | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
David Coleman

Closing down for the summer is not the Roberts Court's only disappearing act. During this past term, a disturbing trend emerged of withdrawing the courts from their historic and institutional role in providing justice for ordinary Americans.

Laura Bassett

New Bill Would Ban Discrimination Against The Jobless

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, employers cannot discriminate against applicants based on race, color, religion, sex, or nation...

Letterman: A Setback for Women

Julie Menin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Julie Menin

The question that commentators such as Maureen Dowd aren't asking is: was there a "hostile work environment" for the women who Letterman did not bed?

Supreme Court Offers "Strong Basis" but Little Guidance in Ricci Decision

Irasema Garza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irasema Garza

The Supreme Court's ruling last week in Ricci vs. DeStefano should not be understated: the decision threatens to undermine the vital function of the country's historic civil rights legislation.

After New Haven: Random Ruminations on Race

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

At some point, the surgeon has to pick up the knife; the fire captain has to send his people into the burning building. They need to know what they're doing.