March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 6-3 in Young v. United Parcel Service that a plaintiff may satisfy the requirement to show a prima facie case of discrimination under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) by showing that the employer accommodates a large percentage of nonpregnant workers ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice warned on Friday that the progress made in achieving women's rights remains under continuous threat. They stressed that, "no country in the world has achieved full substantive equality of women." The Working ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Utah lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to balance religious rights and protections against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) discrimination in the workplace and housing. The bill, SB 0296, proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Utah's anti- ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Tuesday, urged to must reject or revise proposed laws they claim would "entrench already widespread discrimination and risk fueling further violence against religious minorities." These laws, aimed at protecting ...[read more]
March 3, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that states must rededicate themselves to unalienable human rights. The commissioner made his statement at the opening of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Zeid stated "we must therefore ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
An Arkansas enacted a bill that prohibits cities and local governments from establishing ordinances with anti-discrimination codes became law Monday when Asa Hutchinson declined to veto it. Critics had called for a veto, as the legislation prohibits local governments from enacting laws to protect ...[read more]
February 14, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Arkansas legislature on Friday passed a bill that would prohibit local governments from enacting laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals from discrimination. The proposed purpose of the bill is to improve intrastate commerce by ensuring that businesses in the ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Tuesday rescinded a number of executive orders by the former governor, including one that protected lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) state employees from unfair hiring practices, sexual harassment and other types of discrimination at work. The previous ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Bulgarian authorities are failing to address hate crimes, leading to a state of fear, Amnesty International (AI) report Monday. According to AI, over the past two years the number of asylum seekers crossing the border from Turkey to Bulgaria increased almost ten-fold, causing an increase in hate ...[read more]

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