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Can You Get Fired for Being Pregnant?

By Haley Robinson, a Fall 2013 Leadership Conference Intern Pregnant women have been fired for drinking water, using the bathroom too frequently, and being unable to lift heavy objects. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) promises to strengthen protections against … Continue reading

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Why Immigration Reform Matters: Jamaican Guestworkers’ Story

By Tatyana Walker, a Fall 2013 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Two Jamaican guestworkers described how employment abuse turned their American Dream into a nightmare, at a recent event hosted by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the … Continue reading

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Civil Rights News: Boy Scouts Delay Vote on Lifting Ban on Gays; Obama Must Focus on Jobs, Wages in Second Term; Long Voting Lines Raise Concerns

Compiled by Emily Van Dusen, a Spring 2013 intern at The Leadership Conference Education Fund Boy Scouts board to meet amid talk of policy on gays USA Today The Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) national executive board has delayed making … Continue reading

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Civil Rights News: Poverty Rising Sharply in U.S.; Low Wages, Poor Working Conditions in California’s Warehouse Industry

Compiled by Madeline Peare, a Summer 2012 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern US Poverty on Track to Rise to Highest Since 1960s Hope Yen Associated Press The poverty rate is expected to increase from 15.1 percent to as high as … Continue reading

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Civil Rights News: Employers Fire Pregnant Workers; Proposed Budget Cuts Are Nickel and Diming the Poor; FDA Spies on Employees’ Personal E-mail

Pregnant and Pushed Out of a Job Dina Bakst New York Times Many women, especially single mothers, face undue hardship in the workplace upon getting pregnant. Thousands of low-income families suffer as a result of women being fired over pregnancies. … Continue reading

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Paid Sick Days Should be Guaranteed for all Workers

By Emily Hammer, a Fall 2011 intern Most people whose employers provide paid sick leave never have to think twice about taking time off when they or their loved ones are suffering from illness. But for millions of Americans who … Continue reading

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Racial Inequality in the Job Market

The latest job numbers in August delivered more bad news for the millions of Americans who are out of work, underemployed, or looking for gainful employment. And as CNN/Money reports, the situation for Black workers has grown more severe. Black … Continue reading

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