In 1972 the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, originally drafted in 1923, and sponsored by Martha Griffiths in the house and Birch Bayh in the Senate, passed both houses of Congress. The amendment sought to guarantee Constitutional equality of the sexes in such a way as
This week, the Justice Department settled two lawsuits against defendants charged with discriminatory housing practices.
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that it had settled a lawsuit against Sussex County, Delaware and the Planning and Zoning Commission of Sussex County for violations of the Fair Housing Act.
Today’s national Civil Rights dialogue focuses largely on immigration, reproductive issues, and LGBTQ rights. Certainly, each of these issues critically requires our nation’s attention, but they should not be discussed to the exclusion of “old fashioned” racial discrimination. The African-American Civil Rights Movement is the
On the eve of Title IX’s fortieth anniversary, news of the federal government’s failure to meaningfully enforce the law’s provisions is troubling. The Office for Civil Rights must overhaul its enforcement efforts if the progress that Title IX has made in expanding women’s rights is
Last month, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed a bill requiring Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients to undergo drug testing. If a recipient tests positive for drugs, she or he becomes ineligible for benefits. Critics' Fourth Amendment arguments against the legislation may ultimately lead
While there has always been a resistance to affirmative action policies, the present debate has added a new dimension. There has been a rise in rhetoric concerning the notion of white victimhood, and policies like affirmative action are cited as justification for these theories.
In a story reported on by news outlets as varied as ESPN and NPR last week, University of New Mexico football player Deshon Marman was arrested after refusing to deplane from a US Airways flight based on complaints from the flight crew about his sagging
For the very first time, the Human Rights Council at the United Nations approved a resolution that condemns discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The 47-member Human Rights Council voted 23 in favor and 19 against Friday, with 3 abstentions, for
The Editorial Board of the New York Times today encourages the Obama Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court. The law, they say, is "blatant discrimination" that should be "presumed to be unconstitutional." With this, I agree. DOMA, signed
The history of litigation surrounding equality issues often involves the unexpected scenario of rights expansions only occurring when dominant group members claim discrimination under a law. The best example of this is pregnancy leave- women are often not guaranteed sufficient amounts of paid leave to