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Will Congress Finally Greenlight LGBT Rights in the Workplace?

Discrimination is just plain wrong. It is shocking that there is still anywhere in America where it is legal to fire someone for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Americans understand that it's time to make sure our LGBT friends and family are treated fairly and have the same opportunities...

New Philly Law Rewards Employers for Health Benefits to LGBT Employees

Earlier this month, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed legislation that provides a credit to employers who offer health benefits to same-sex couples, life partners and transgender employees . It took less than 50 days from the date that City Council introduced this bill for it to become...

A Conversation with the EEOC

The Labor and Employment Section of the Michigan bar held its annual spring meeting last Thursday, and the topic was A backstage pass to the EEOC. The Detroit office had over 20 representatives attend. The round-table topics were intake and investigation; mediation and conciliation; and litigation...

Senate on the Brink of Approving Bill to Improve LGBT Workplace Rights

Earlier this week, I blogged about Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) promising that the Senate would take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act . Yesterday, the Senate obtained enough support to put ENDA to a full vote. Every Senate Democrat agreed to press forward. And even some Republicans helped get...

ENDA -- a Bill Banning LGBT Workplace Discrimination -- Passes the Senate

And it wasn't close at all. By a final vote of 64-32, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act , also known as ENDA, passed the Senate on Thursday. All 52 Democrats, plus 2 Independents and 10 Republicans voted in favor of the bill. Among the notable yes votes was Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey...

For Employers, the Practical Side of ENDA

While the Senate has passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), its future in the House is less certain. Employers, especially small and medium size employers who have the threshold 15 employees, wait, as they have done with other laws, to see if it is passed. Employers have long recognized...

President Obama to Ban LGBT Discrimination by Federal Contractors -- Eventually

The White House announced the news yesterday via Twitter . Just two years ago, the White House indicated that President Obama would not sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, preferring that Congress act...

President Signs Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination by the Federal Contractors and Government

Yesterday, President Obama amended two prior Executive Orders , adding new protections against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. Executive Order 11246, which extends anti-discrimination obligations to federal contractors, now also includes prohibitions against sexual orientation...