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Jespersen v. Harrah’s Casino

NCLR and the Transgender Law Center filed an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit supporting Darlene Jespersen, who was fired by Harrah’s Casino after she refused to comply with a new policy requiring female employees to adopt a hyper-feminine appearance. Harrah’s policy required all women to wear heavy makeup applied in exactly the same way every day, to match a photograph held by the supervisor. On April 14, 2006, in a 7-4 ruling, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of...

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Coalition Urges Congress to Vote on Federal Legislation for Workplace in Honor of First Official Harvey Milk Day

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act Necessary and Overdue for Workers (San Francisco, CA, May 17, 2010)  — A coalition of national, state and local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups are calling on Congress to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (ENDA), H.R. 3017 without further delay. This essential legislation would provide clear federal protection against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. “We thank Speaker...

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LGBTQ and Allied Groups Call on Congress to Pass ENDA Now

More than 200 Organizations Demand Immediate Action (Washington, DC, April 21, 2010)  — Today, the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations, along with allies in the faith, labor and civil rights communities, issued the following statement to members of the United States Congress: “Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act NOW.” Equality Federation, Toni Broaddus, Executive Director Family Equality Council, Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director Gay and...

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LGBTQ Americans Outraged at Delay in Basic Job Rights

(Washington, D.C., August 5, 2009)— The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds Senators Jeff Merkley (OR-D), Susan Collins (ME-R), Olympia Snowe (ME-R), and Edward M. Kennedy (MA-D) for introducing an inclusive Employment Non- Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees from workplace discrimination. The bill, which enjoys bipartisan support in Congress, would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing federal...

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LGBTQ Americans Outraged at Delay in Basic Job Rights

(San Francisco, CA, December 4, 2009)—In light of continuing delays in the House of Representatives, we must state clearly and unequivocally: Passing basic job protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people must happen now. At a time when our government is deeply focused on the critical issue of employment, it is inexcusable to delay action on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Each and every job lost to prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity...

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LGBTQ Americans Outraged at Delay in Basic

(San Francisco, CA, December 4, 2009)—In light of continuing delays in the House of Representatives, we must state clearly and unequivocally: Passing basic job protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people must happen now. At a time when our government is deeply focused on the critical issue of employment, it is inexcusable to delay action on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Each and every job lost to prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity...

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Senate Committee Considers Federal Legislation for Workplace Protections

NCLR: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act Necessary and Overdue for Workers (Washington, DC, November 5, 2009) —The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) commends the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for convening hearings today on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (ENDA), S. 1584. This essential legislation would provide clear federal protection against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. A similar hearing...

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U.S. House Committee Holds Hearing on Need for Federal Workplace Protections

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act Is Urgently Needed and Long Overdue (Washington, D.C., September 23, 2009) — Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) commends the House Education and Labor Committee for holding a hearing on the Employment Non- Discrimination Act of 2009 (ENDA), H.R. 3017. This vital legislation would provide clear federal protection against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, which are unrelated to job...

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U.S. House Committee Holds Hearing on Need for Federal Workplace Protections

“Workplace protections are urgently needed and long overdue” (San Francisco, CA, June 24, 2009)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds lawmakers for introducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees from workplace discrimination. The bill, which enjoys bipartisan support in Congress, would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing federal employment non- discrimination laws. The...

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NCLR Applauds Court Rejection of Harmful Initiative

Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law in Montgomery County, MD Safe from Repeal Effort (San Francisco, CA, September 9, 2008)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) released a statement applauding the decision by Maryland’s highest court rejecting an effort to eliminate a local anti-discrimination law that passed unanimously by Montgomery County Council last year. The failed effort would have repealed the county law protecting people from discrimination based on gender...

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Supreme Court Rules on Title VII! Give now & Celebrate!