Civil Rights

Find current civil rights cases in the news.

Aug 25, 2011

The California State Assembly recently passed a civil rights measure protecting individuals from discrimination based on genetic information.

Senate Bill 559, introduced by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Pacoima, extends protections guaranteed under the federal Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act.

Aug 23, 2011

A judge recently sided with Bloomberg LP in a class action lawsuit brought against the financial services company by the Equal Employee Opportunity Commission in 2007.

EEOC's suit alleged Bloomberg discriminated against women in its workforce by cutting pay and diminishing responsibilities for mothers returning from maternity leave, as well as preventing mothers from ascending to management.

In rendering her decision, U.S. District Judge Loretta Park said U.S. law does not guarantee the right to a healthy work-life balance.

Aug 10, 2011

A proposed measure requiring employers to provide paid sick days to workers has divided the Seattle business community, The Seattle Times reports.

Led by restaurateurs, about 30 small businesses have joined with civil rights groups and labor unions to support the measure, the news source reports. The hospitality industry backs the proposal because food workers who report when sick pose a public health risk.

Aug 3, 2011

The city of East Cleveland, Ohio, recently passed a civil rights ordinance protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, reports the Gay People's Chronicle.

The ordinance establishes a course of action for people who feel they have been discriminated against in the realm of education, employment, public accommodation or housing, according to the source.

Jul 29, 2011

While New York's recent passing of state law to allow same-sex marriages has provided a small victory for equal rights, federal laws are still active that limit the amount of rights available to homosexuals in today's society.

One of those laws, the Defense of Marriage Act, was enacted in 1996 to give each state the ability to determine how they govern same-sex marriages.