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Obama Continues to Expand Rights for LGBTQ Americans

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In the latest move by Barack Obama that would expand the rights of LGBTQ workers, the president directed the Labor Department to draft rules that clarify that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to LGBTQ couples, even in states where same-sex marriage is not legal. FMLA allows employees to take unpaid leave to care for a sick spouse, but states that don't recognize same-sex marriage previously have been able to refuse FMLA for LGBTQ families.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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In the States Roundup for March 18

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Here's a look at some of the recent key battles in the states.

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Arizona Legislature Votes to Legalize Discrimination. Urge Governor to Veto

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Last week in Arizona, the tea party-dominated legislature passed a bill that will allow businesses to slam their doors shut on anyone they say doing business with would violate their religious beliefs. While the bill was aimed primarily at the LGBTQ community, in effect, it could allow business owners to discriminate against anyone.

Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has until Friday to sign or veto the bill. Call 888-968-2464 and urge Brewer to veto the bill.

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ENDA Passes in the Senate

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The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed the Senate today, with 64 senators voting in favor. ENDA was first introduced 20 years ago, and this is the first time it has passed the Senate. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) proposed the version that advanced Thursday. Its prospects are more unclear in the House, where observers such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) think there are enough votes to pass the legislation if Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) were to allow it to come to a vote. He has expressed opposition to the bill, so it may not be brought up.

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8 Things You Need to Know About the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

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Next week the Senate is expected to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), federal legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, currently one of the few legal forms of workplace discrimination. The AFL-CIO historically has supported this legislation, and at the most recent quadrennial national convention, delegates passed a resolution reaffirming support for ENDA and rejecting any form of workplace discrimination.

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Workplace Discrimination Has No Place in America, Pass ENDA Now

Workplace Discrimination Has No Place in America, Pass ENDA Now

In 2013, it's difficult to believe that in many parts of the country, it's legal to fire workers for their sexual orientation or gender identity. In fact, 52% of the LGBTQ population lives in states that do not prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Studies show that more than one in five LGBTQ workers report discrimination on the job.

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Delegates Commit AFL-CIO to Grow Labor Movement Through Diversity, Inclusion

 Delegates Commit AFL-CIO to Grow Labor Movement Through Diversity, Inclusion

On the heels of today’s groundbreaking young worker and diversity conference, delegates to the AFL-CIO 2013 Convention reaffirmed the federation’s commitment to grow an inclusive labor movement dedicated to issues that will build strength for and share prosperity with women, young workers, people of color and LGBT workers.

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Civil Rights Icon Bayard Rustin Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Bayard Rustin, one of the most prominent activists in the civil rights movement and co-founder of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), will be posthumously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Thursday.
 

Rustin, who worked closely with Randolph, was a major figure in organizing the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. A week of actions and celebrations is planned later this month to mark the 50th anniversary of the march. Read more here.

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Did You Know, You Can Be Fired For Being Gay?

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In 2013, it's difficult to believe that in most of the country, it's legal to fire workers for their sexual orientation or gender identity.  It doesn't matter how good you are at your job, if your employer doesn't approve of who you are, he or she can fire you and you have no legal recourse.  The country has long had laws that protect workers from being fired based on their race, gender, religion, disability or other characteristics of their identity.  But sexual and gender identity aren’t usually among those protections.

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