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U.S. Labor Department revises policy to accommodate Supreme Court’s DOMA decision

Many individuals in same-sex marriages will now be permitted to take an unpaid leave of absence to care for a sick or injured spouse without getting fired, thanks to the Supreme Court’s recent invalidation of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had denied same-sex couples of the critical federal benefit. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) confirmed on its blog that as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Americans will no longer be forced to choose between keeping their job and caring for a sick spouse. The new law, ... Read More

Senate Committee passes bill to extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBT workers

A bipartisan bill that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has passed a Senate Committee by a vote of 15 to 7. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, received the support of all 12 Democrats and 3 Republicans on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The bill was co-sponsored by Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). According to the Huffington Post, the committee spent just 10 minutes discussing the bill before voting it forward. The Committee Chairman, Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), said that the speed at which the bill passed ... Read More