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La. lawmaker pulls LGBT workplace protections bill due to lack of votes

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity has been shelved for the legislative session. [ Read more → ]

Ohio school board debates policy to ban discrimination against gay teachers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board. [ Read more → ]
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.

Bill to prohibit anti-gay workplace discrimination stalls in Neb. legislature

Monday, April 7, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A bill that would prohibit Nebraska employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity has stalled in the Legislature. [ Read more → ]
Brendan Eich

Mozilla CEO resignation: Free speech suppressed, or free market at work?

Friday, April 4, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region's foundation. [ Read more → ]
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.

Neb. bill prohibiting anti-gay employment discrimination faces resistance

Friday, April 4, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A bill that would protect Nebraska residents from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation is facing resistance from some Nebraska lawmakers. [ Read more → ]
APJay Carney

Why an LGBT non-discrimination executive order would not be ‘redundant’

Friday, April 4, 2014
In 2008, then-candidate Obama pledged that if elected president, he would use an executive order to protect the LGBT employees of all federal contractors from discrimination. After several years of pressure from LGBT advocacy groups, the Obama administration still refuses to act on this executive order, explaining that it would prefer that Congress pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)... [ Read more → ]

Neb. legislative committee advances workplace discrimination bill

Monday, March 31, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska lawmakers could get a chance this year to debate a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Francesca Quaranta

Conn. city says there was no bias against transgender police officer

Saturday, March 29, 2014
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- An investigation by a Connecticut city has found no evidence that a transgender police officer was subject to discrimination or a hostile work environment. [ Read more → ]

Biden calls on Congress to pass LGBT inclusive workplace discrimination bill

Sunday, March 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Saturday to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment. [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. House committee hears testimony on LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination bill

Thursday, March 13, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Missouri House Committee on Thursday heard testimony on the proposed Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA). The bill, HB 1930, would sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Statute, which currenlty prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of race, biological sex and familial status. [ Read more → ]
W.Va. state capitol in Charleston.

W.Va. Senate to consider workplace non-discrimination bill

Monday, February 3, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill introduced in the West Virginia Senate would make it unlawful for employers and landlords to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Steve Urquhart

Utah state Senator says LGBT anti-discrimination bill should be heard

Saturday, February 1, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's legal fight over same-sex marriage has nothing to do with a proposed statewide anti-discrimination ban, a state senator said Friday. [ Read more → ]
Carolyn Kaster, APPresident Barack Obama signs a memorandum directing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement saving account after speaking at the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in West Mifflin, Pa., about retirement policies he highlighted in the State of the Union address.

Advocates seething over Obama’s inaction on LGBT workplace protections

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
[caption id="attachment_124599" align="alignleft" width="665"] Carolyn Kaster, APPresident Barack Obama signs a memorandum on Wednesday directing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement saving account he highlighted in Tuesday's the State of the Union address.[/caption] WASHINGTON -- For some White House allies, the long list... [ Read more → ]
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Report: Progress toward LGBT equality surprisingly ‘mixed’

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
An independent think tank that studies the progress of the movement on equal rights for LGBT people released its latest report Tuesday, and the assessment is surprisingly “mixed.” [ Read more → ]
Jeff Roberson, APMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Jefferson City, Mo.

Mo. governor Jay Nixon calls for workplace protections for gay workers

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called on the state's Republican-led Legislature to pass legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Top Florida employers join coalition to fight against LGBT discrimination

Monday, January 13, 2014
Many of Florida’s largest employers on Monday launched the Florida Business Coalition for a Competitive Workforce, aimed at passing a bipartisan bill that would ban anti-gay and gender-based discrimination. [ Read more → ]

Bills to ban workplace discrimination introduced in Va. general assembly

Thursday, January 9, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- Two bills to ban discrimination in the public workforce across Virginia have been put before the state's General Assembly for the 2014 season. [ Read more → ]

Time for HRC to put economic justice on the gay agenda

Sunday, January 5, 2014
There’s been plenty of sucking up to the business community at the Human Rights Campaign, but little focus on money matters affecting low- and moderate-income LGBT people.Why can't the HRC, the gay division of the Democratic Party, address such concerns? Is it's because of the robust six-figure salaries of the top HRC executives? Do such compensation amounts cut off their awareness of gays who don't make that kind of money? Or is it because the minimum wage increase doesn't attract the attention of celebrities who appear at HRC dinners? [ Read more → ]

In bill to prohibit workplace bias, broad exemption holds danger

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Unless the language of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act's religious exemption strikes a better balance to reflect the true meaning of religious liberty, core American principles and millions of American working men and women have a great deal at risk. It will take grassroots pressure and pushing by equality-minded advocates and policy-makers to make that balance happen. Who's pushing the other way? Some religious potentates who oppose women's right to control their fertility and their pregnancies also oppose anti-bias laws. They claim religious principle allows them to discriminate freely. But no federal law, least of all one intended to stop bias on the job, should allow them to have it both ways... [ Read more → ]

Apple CEO Tim Cook endorses LGBT workplace protections in Auburn speech

Monday, December 16, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has never come out as gay publicly but has been named in Out magazine’s “Power 50″ list of most influential gays and lesbians for the past three years, endorsed the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act during a speech at Auburn University. [ Read more → ]

Gay Catholic school teacher fired hours after applying for marriage license

Saturday, December 7, 2013
BENSALEM, Pa. -- A Catholic high school teacher in Pennsylvania said he was fired on Friday, just hours after applying for a marriage license to wed his same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
Francesca Quaranta

Transgender police officer files discrimination, harassment complaint

Thursday, December 5, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A transgender police officer in Connecticut has filed a complaint with a state agency alleging her supervisors created a hostile work environment because of her gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Report: Majority of Americans in every congressional district support ENDA

Friday, November 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES — A majority of Americans in every U.S. congressional district support laws that protect against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, such as the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed last week by the U.S. Senate, according to new research from UCLA’s Williams Institute. [ Read more → ]

Report: LGBT workers of color among most disadvantaged in U.S. workforce

Thursday, November 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A new report released Thursday finds LGBT workers of color are among the most disadvantaged workers in America. [ Read more → ]
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