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Freedom to Work http://www.freedomtowork.org Wed, 16 Sep 2015 05:41:41 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 HISTORIC VICTORY: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Barred By Existing Law, Federal Commission Rules http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=923 http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=923#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:24:49 +0000 tico http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=923 “[A]llegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex” barred by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in a groundbreaking July 2015 decision.

“Freedom to Work applauds this historic decision by the EEOC, and we encourage gay men, [...]]]> “[A]llegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex” barred by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in a groundbreaking July 2015 decision.

“Freedom to Work applauds this historic decision by the EEOC, and we encourage gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals who face harassment or discrimination on the job to consult an attorney and file Title VII claims with the EEOC and eventually the federal courts,” Tico Almeida said. “Our LGBT movement should take this strongly reasoned legal victory and run with it by returning to the federal courts to win workplace protections in all fifty states.”

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Illinois Department of Human Rights rules in favor of Freedom to Work and finds ‘Substantial Evidence’ of Anti-Gay Bias at ExxonMobil http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=932 http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=932#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:23:00 +0000 tico http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=932 In a January 30, 2015 ruling, the Illinois Department of Human Rights found substantial evidence that Exxon engaged in sexual orientation discrimination in violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

 The decision comes nearly two years after Freedom to Work filed a charge of discrimination against ExxonMobil asserting that Exxon gave an unlawful hiring [...]]]> In a January 30, 2015 ruling, the Illinois Department of Human Rights found substantial evidence that Exxon engaged in sexual orientation discrimination in violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

 The decision comes nearly two years after Freedom to Work filed a charge of discrimination against ExxonMobil asserting that Exxon gave an unlawful hiring preference to a lesser qualified straight applicant over a better qualified lesbian applicant. In December 2012, Freedom to Work undertook employment testing with the experts at the Equal Rights Center, who submitted nearly identical resumes to Exxon for a position in Exxon’s Patoka, Illinois office. Exxon responded by contacting the less qualified straight applicant three times to invite her to interview, but never contacted the better qualified lesbian applicant. Today’s decision means that the Department of Human Rights has agreed to take Freedom to Work’s side in the non-profit group’s action against Exxon, and will co-prosecute the action before the Illinois Human Rights Commission later this year.

Tico Almeida, president of Freedom to Work, said:   “Exxon was recently forced by President Obama’s executive order to add gay and transgender employees to the corporation’s equal employment policies, but those were merely changes on paper.  We must ensure that LGBT employees actually get a fair shot in their careers at Exxon, not just on paper. Freedom to Work will continue to prosecute this civil rights case and hold Exxon accountable for its anti-gay discriminatory conduct from the recent past.”

 

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Transgender Breakthrough: EEOC Ruling that Gender-Identity Discrimination is Covered by Title VII is a ‘Sea Change’ That Opens the Doors to Employment Protection for Transgender Americans http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=822 http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=822#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:41:36 +0000 tico http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=822 An employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of the person’s gender identity is violating the prohibition on sex discrimination contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to an opinion issued on April 20, 2012 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Metro Weekly Coverage

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An employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of the person’s gender identity is violating the prohibition on sex discrimination contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to an opinion issued on April 20, 2012 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Metro Weekly Coverage

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SIGN IT! http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=817 http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=817#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:32:25 +0000 tico http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=817 Join more than 185,000 Americans in signing the Freedom to Work petition to President Barack Obama urging him to fulfill the campaign promise he made to sign an executive policy giving LGBT Americans the freedom to work for federal contractors without harassment or discrimination.

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Join more than 185,000 Americans in signing the Freedom to Work petition to President Barack Obama urging him to fulfill the campaign promise he made to sign an executive policy giving LGBT Americans the freedom to work for federal contractors without harassment or discrimination.

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American Airlines endorses ENDA, which will protect the freedom to work for LGBT Americans. http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=237 http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=237#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:10:36 +0000 tico http://www.freedomtowork.org/working_site/?p=237 This summer, American Airlines officially endorsed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Their letter states: “On behalf of our 80,000 employees, American Airlines is proud to express our strong support for S. 811 and H.R. 1397, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend basic job protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. We are proud [...]]]> American Airlines

American Airlines

This summer, American Airlines officially endorsed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Their letter states: “On behalf of our 80,000 employees, American Airlines is proud to express our strong support for S. 811 and H.R. 1397, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend basic job protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. We are proud to have been the first major airline to implement same-sex domestic partner benefits, first to implement both sexual orientation and gender identity in our workplace non-discrimination policies, and first to have a recognized LGBT employee resource group – GLEAM.”

“Our endorsement of ENDA is consistent with our longstanding ‘Statement of Equal Opportunity.’ The principles fostered by ENDA are consistent with our corporate principles in treating all employees with fairness and respect.”

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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi endorses Executive Order against LGBT job discrimination. http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=234 http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=234#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:00:48 +0000 tico http://www.freedomtowork.org/working_site/?p=234 When Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade asked Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi whether she supports President Obama signing an executive order providing job protections at federal contractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Pelosi replied, “Yes, and yes. I think it is all long overdue.”

The Blade also quoted Tico Almeida of Freedom [...]]]> Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

When Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade asked Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi whether she supports President Obama signing an executive order providing job protections at federal contractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Pelosi replied, “Yes, and yes. I think it is all long overdue.”

The Blade also quoted Tico Almeida of Freedom to Work, who said: “Her endorsement of the ENDA Executive Order for federal contractors builds momentum for this common sense policy that will save money for the U.S. taxpayers who should not have to subsidize discrimination.”

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Bishop Gene Robinson: employees should be judged on performance, not sexual orientation or gender identity. http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=225 http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=225#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 21:43:23 +0000 tico http://www.freedomtowork.org/working_site/?p=225 Bishop Robinson writes in the Huffington Post about Gerri Cannon, a transgender woman he knows from his home state of New Hampshire. Robinson explains how Gerri’s freedom to work is constantly at risk: “She is surrounded by a work environment that is largely hostile to the fact that she once lived her life as [...]]]> Bishop Robinson

Bishop Robinson

Bishop Robinson writes in the Huffington Post about Gerri Cannon, a transgender woman he knows from his home state of New Hampshire. Robinson explains how Gerri’s freedom to work is constantly at risk: “She is surrounded by a work environment that is largely hostile to the fact that she once lived her life as a man but now finds a fulfilling life as the woman she was created to be. She lives in fear–not only of the violence so prevalent against transgender people (the murder rate for transgender people is astronomically high), but also the constant threat of losing her job because of her gender identity.”

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Senator Tom Harkin endorses ENDA Executive Order for federal contractors. http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=222 http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=222#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 21:37:25 +0000 tico http://www.freedomtowork.org/working_site/?p=222 Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade reports that Sen. Tom Harkin, the Chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, said: “I would strongly support an executive order from President Obama that makes clear government contractors cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity, just as President Roosevelt did seventy years ago when he made [...]]]> Sen. Tom Harkin

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Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade reports that Sen. Tom Harkin, the Chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, said: “I would strongly support an executive order from President Obama that makes clear government contractors cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity, just as President Roosevelt did seventy years ago when he made clear discrimination based on race, color, creed or national origin was impermissible. Every American deserves equal treatment on the job, period.”

The Blade’s coverage quoted Tico Almeida of Freedom to Work, who noted: “Once the executive order is in place, it will be enforced by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who is committed to LGBT civil rights and has placed a strong priority on enforcing workplace protections.”

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Andre Cooley and ACLU win battle against workplace discrimination. http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=212 http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=212#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 21:26:24 +0000 tico http://www.freedomtowork.org/working_site/?p=212 Andre Cooley was fired from his job only because he is gay. But with the help of the lawyers at the ACLU, he fought for the freedom to work without discrimination and he was reinstated as a corrections officer in the state of Mississippi.

“I am looking forward to returning to a job that [...]]]> Andre Cooley

Andre Cooley

Andre Cooley was fired from his job only because he is gay. But with the help of the lawyers at the ACLU, he fought for the freedom to work without discrimination and he was reinstated as a corrections officer in the state of Mississippi.

“I am looking forward to returning to a job that I loved in the sheriff’s department,” Cooley said. “I’m very happy that the sheriff’s department has clarified in writing that they do not discriminate based on sexual orientation. Everyone should be judged by their ability to do the job, not by their sexual orientation.”

 

Andre Cooley and attorney Josh Block from the ACLU tell of Cooley’s legal victory
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Who Cares About LGBT Workers? http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=207 http://www.freedomtowork.org/?p=207#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 16:01:44 +0000 tico http://www.freedomtowork.org/working_site/?p=207 Law Professor Darren Hutchinson writes in the Huffington Post: “Although LGBT workers remain vulnerable to discrimination across the nation, ENDA has not received much attention from the media and from many groups that advocate for LGBT rights. Instead, same-sex marriage and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell have occupied most of the recent [...]]]> Law Professor Darren Hutchinson writes in the Huffington Post: “Although LGBT workers remain vulnerable to discrimination across the nation, ENDA has not received much attention from the media and from many groups that advocate for LGBT rights. Instead, same-sex marriage and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell have occupied most of the recent headlines and have dominated the contemporary advocacy of many LGBT social movement organizations.”

He later argues: “Based on the most recent research and the unprotected status of LGBT workers in most states, the passage of ENDA should receive far more attention from the media and from LGBT social movement organizations.”

We agree. That’s why Freedom to Work is building a Speakers Bureau to raise the national profile of LGBT workplace issues. We believe in the power of personal stories to change hearts and minds and grow support for workplace equality and ENDA. We’re compiling the experiences of supporters across the country to help educate the American public about why LGBT Americans need the basic workplace protections that ENDA provides.

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