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Illinois Department of Human Rights Finds Substantial Evidence that Exxon Violated LGBT Rights in Hiring Practices

In a January 30th ruling, the Illinois Department of Human Rights found substantial evidence that Exxon engaged in sexual orientation discrimination in violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

In December 2012, Freedom to Work and the ERC undertook an employment testing investigation of Exxon Mobil's hiring practices. The Department of Human Rights has agreed to take Freedom to Work’s side in the non-profit group’s action against Exxon, and will co-prosecute the action before the Illinois Human Rights Commission later this year

Read the press release here.

LGBT_senior_toolkit_coverDownload The Opening Doors Toolkit: Fair Housing Self-Advocacy for Older LGBT Adults

The LGBT community has made tremendous civil rights gains this decade. Despite this progress, significant barriers remain for the LGBT community in housing, particularly for older LGBT individuals.

The Opening Doors Toolkit: Fair Housing Self-Advocacy for Older LGBT Adults is a powerful self-advocacy tool for the older LGBT community, ensuring that individuals know their rights under the law and can address illegal discrimination

Read an accessible version of the Veterans with Disabilites Toolkit >>

Veterans with Disabilities ToolkitDownload the Veterans with Disabilites Toolkit

If you are one of the more than half a million veterans who have experienced burns, amputations, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or any other condition that substantially limits your life activities, you have the right to housing that suits your needs.

The federal Fair Housing Act protects the rights of veterans with disabilities who are seeking equal access to housing. Under the Fair Housing Act, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as: seeing, hearing, working, and/or the operation of major bodily functions.

Read an accessible version of the Veterans with Disabilites Toolkit >>




For Civil Minds, the ERC's blog

Read the ERC's blog, For Civil Minds, to learn more about a variety of civil rights issues. The blog is updated frequently so remember to keep checking back for new stories and topics.

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Lawsuit: DC cab companies ignore the blind

A lawsuit was filed Monday against four D.C. cab companies by the American Council for the Blind and the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs after drivers were caught on camera passing a blind man with a service dog.

DC Councilmen Introduces Bill to Expand Language Access in the District of Columbia

D.C. Councilmember David Grosso (I-At-Large) has introduced the “Language Access for Education Amendment Act of 2015.” The bill will strengthen existing law by increasing the standards of language access for all education and government services for all of our non-English proficient residents.

ExxonMobil Adds Protections For LGBT Employees, But Advocactes Skeptical Of Motivation

After taking a seemingly immobile stance on the issue, Exxon Mobil has added protections for LGBT employees, as reported by the Washington Blade. Last year, the ERC collaborated with Freedom to Work to conduct resume testing on Exxon Mobil—and other federal contractors—revealing bias against prospective LGBT employees.

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