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May 2014 Archives

Maryland woman's workplace discrimination appeal rejected

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed that a Maryland woman had been subjected to an offensive racial slur at an Ocean City hotel where she worked. But the court nevertheless rejected her argument, noting that though the term directed at her – “porch monkey” – is offensive, it was used just twice in two days by another employee.

Maryland enacts transgender rights legislation

Step by step, transgender people are gaining legal protections in the U.S. The latest step forward was taken right here in Maryland when Gov. Martin O’Malley last week signed legislation extending protections for transgender people against discrimination in the workplace or in housing.

Report: law needed to ban a form of workplace discrimination

It’s time for the federal government to do more than talk the talk. It’s time for Washington to walk the walk and pass a law prohibiting workplace discrimination against federal workers based on sexual orientation, the independent Merit Systems Protection Board says in a new report.

U.S. House votes to provide itself sexual harassment training

The U.S. Congress typically votes on laws proposed to protect ordinary citizens, but sometimes Congress votes on measures intended to protect congressional employees from members of Congress. That was apparently the case in a recent House vote to fund an expansion of sexual harassment training for representatives and their staffers.

Vice President Biden discusses LGBT work discrimination reform

Over the past several months, President Obama has been widely criticized for failing to protect the LGBT community from a certain kind of discrimination. It is within the president’s authority to draft an executive order insisting that LGBT workers must be protected from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation and sexual identifications. The president has declined to draft such an order however, for one arguably compelling reason.

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