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Discharge petition to force U.S. House vote on ENDA has stalled

Friday, September 26, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A discharge petition to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the U.S. House of Representatives appears to have stalled after only 190 Democrats have signed their names to it. The petition, filed last week by openly gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) seeks to force a vote on a version of ENDA that contains ...

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EEOC suing two companies, alleging transgender workers illegally fired

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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DETROIT -- The federal government is accusing a Michigan funeral home and a Florida eye clinic of illegally firing transgender employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Thursday against Harris Funeral Homes of Garden City, Michigan, and Lakeland Eye Clinic of Lakeland, Florida.

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Teen files EEOC complaint against Taco Johns for alleged anti-gay harassment

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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An openly gay South Dakota teen has filed a federal discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging he was harassed and humiliated while working for Taco Johns, and forced to wear a name badge containing a homophobic slur. Tyler Brandt, 16, of Yankton, S.D., says the harassment by a night manager began...

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Polis files discharge petition on ENDA with narrowed religious exemption

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (R-Colo.)
WASHINGTON -- Four U.S. House Democrats, led by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), filed a discharge petition Wednesday seeking to force a vote on a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that contains a narrowed religious exemption. The measure would prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity...

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Lesbian worker says Iowa casino fired her for not dressing feminine

Friday, August 29, 2014
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DUBUQUE, Iowa -- A former employee for Mystique Casino in Dubuque has sued the casino, claiming she was fired because she didn't dress more feminine. The civil lawsuit by Brandy Welter, a former marketing manager, seeks an unspecified amount of damages for lost wages and emotional distress, among other things.

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Tempe voters approve protections for LGBT workers in city charter

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Voters in Tempe, Ariz., on Tuesday approved a proposition to change the city charter to ban discrimination against LGBT city workers. The vote follows a move by the city council last February approving a citywide ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of housing, employment and public accommodations...

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Tempe voters to consider adding protections for LGBT city workers

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The city of Tempe could become the first city in Arizona to include sexual orientation as a protected class from workplace discrimination if voters approve a landmark city ordinance on Tuesday. Tempe City Councilman Kolby Granville says the amendment has been a longtime coming for LGBT residents of Tempe, but it's up to the voters to pass.

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Labor Department extends employment protections to transgender workers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday issued guidance clarifying that sex discrimination includes gender identity and transgender status of individuals who work for federal contractors and subcontractors. The news follows a June announcement by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez that the department is updating enforcement protocols and ...

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Gay children’s home worker fired for ‘lifestyle choices’

Monday, July 28, 2014
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LUBBOCK, Texas — A Texas man has been fired from his job at the Children’s Home of Lubbock for his “lifestyle choices” after introducing kids to his fiancé during a day trip earlier this month. Casey Stegall, an openly gay human development and family studies major at Texas Tech University, says he “got fired just for me being who I am,” reports the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

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Md. now offers transition-related care to transgender state employees

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland has become only the third state in the nation to provide insurance coverage for transition-related care. The policy change, which went into effect July 1 but was only announced publicly this week, means that any state employee, retiree, or dependent will be able to access mental health services, hormone therapy, and a range of ...

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