Historic Union Support for LGBTQ Equality Legislation

i Feb 22nd Comments Disabled by
With the reintroduction of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) in the US House of Representatives, the legislation is drawing more support from the labor movement than ever. More than 90% of all union members belong to a union that supports the Equality Act and the number continues to grow by the day. Given the historic levels of support nationwide for LGBTQ equality, this should come as no surprise. In June of 2020, unions joined the celebration when the US Supreme…

Pride at Work Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Banning LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination

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For Immediate Release – June 15, 2020 Contact: Jerame Davis – jdavis@prideatwork.org Pride at Work Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Banning LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in a landmark decision that firing someone for being LGBTQ is a violation of sex discrimination prohibition of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement: “We’ve said over and over that LGBTQ working people…

Labor Constituency Groups Highlight Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Workers of Color

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Labor Constituency Groups Highlight Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Workers of Color Labor Constituency Groups Highlight Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Workers of Color Washington DC.-The Labor Coalition for Community Action, which includes the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Pride at Work, join forces to highlight the need to protect our nation’s workers, as they are the ones bearing the brunt from the global pandemic. As businesses…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for LGBTQ Working People

i Mar 20th 1 Comment by
Coronavirus Resources LGBTQ working people have seen a major impact – both in their health and their checkbooks – by COVID-19 pandemic. LGBTQ people have higher rates of smoking, a risk factor, as well as higher rates of cancer and other immune-compromised conditions, which are risk factors for worse health outcomes when contracting this virus. Additionally, LGBTQ working people are more likely have jobs in industries being hit hard by the crisis, such as creative, transportation, service, and others. We’re also more…

Human Rights Campaign Suspends Walmart’s Corporate Equality Index Score

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For Immediate Release November 9, 2017 Contact: Jerame Davis – jdavis@prideatwork.org Human Rights Campaign Suspends Walmart’s Corporate Equality Index Score Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released their 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for 2018. Thanks to a successful effort by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), HRC has suspended the score of Walmart citing their lack of enforcement of the policies that are considered under the CEI. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, reacted: “We applaud…

Pride at Work Statement on DOJ Rescinding Protections for Transgender Working People

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For Immediate Release October 5, 2017 Contact: Jerame Davis – jdavis@prideatwork.org Pride at Work Statement on DOJ Rescinding Protections for Transgender Working People Washington – Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to all Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys stating Title VII’s sex discrimination prohibitions do not protect transgender working people, counter to court precedent and previous DOJ policy. This change could have broad implications for pending and future cases in federal court. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame…

An Alternative Religious Perspective on Religious Exemption Laws

While the past several years have been full of major victories for the LGBTQ movement, there are still many battles to be won. In the past several years, the work of the LGBTQ movement’s opposition has turned to so-called “religious freedom” exemption laws. Notable examples of these laws and their backlash had been seen in states like Indiana (Senate Bill 101), under then-governor Mike Pence. This issue is now especially poignant again. The Supreme Court will hear a case from…

How Unions Can Protect LGBT Rights in the Age of Trump

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After a decade of unprecedented progress, LGBT activists find themselves  facing challenges that few of us could have foreseen even a year ago. While the new Trump administration has not made its attitude toward LGBT people completely clear, it represents social forces that are mostly hostile to LGBT rights. And the pushback against LGBT rights did not start with the presidential campaign. Dozens of anti-LGBT bills were introduced in state legislatures last year, and although most failed, North Carolina’s HB2…

Pride at Work Celebrates New Bathroom Access Regulation

The Obama Administration continues to make good on its promise to enact sensible policies that will move the LGBTQ community down the path toward equality with the announcement of a new General Services Administration (GSA) regulation that affirms the right of transgender people to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity in GSA owned, leased, or manages facilities. This change comes from recent decisions by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department…

T-Mobile: We Want Justice, Not Marketing

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Pride at Work applauds T-Mobile for putting funds in support of the marriage equality fight in Washington state.  They should.  But if T-Mobile really supported full legal equality, they wouldn’t be fighting tooth and nail against their own workers efforts to form a union and have a voice on the job. If T-Mobile really supported full equality, they would stop union-busting tactics and let the workers choose if they want a voice at work.  Union contracts are a crucial vehicle…