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Vermont News

July 30, 2015

Who Should Pay for SSA’s Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples?

In class action lawsuit, GLAD and Justice in Aging say it should be SSA 

Anti-LGBT discrimination hurts everyone in our community. But the impact on those who are economically vulnerable can be devastating.

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program exists to assist those with extremely …

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July 20, 2015

GLAD Applauds EEOC Ruling: Title VII Sex Discrimination Prohibition Includes Sexual Orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a critical ruling that discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation violates the prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act.

The landmark July 16 ruling recognizes that federal employees …

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July 14, 2015

Class Action Lawsuit Charges Walmart with Anti-Gay Discrimination

GLAD and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC) have filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart, charging the retail giant with discriminating against employees who were married to same-sex spouses by denying their spouses health insurance benefits.

The class …

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November 11, 2014

GLAD Appoints Janson Wu, GLAD Deputy Director and Senior Staff Attorney, as New Executive Director

Janson Wu, deputy director and senior staff attorney for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been appointed the organization’s new executive director.  Wu, who has been with GLAD for eight years, will start his new position on December 1, 2014.

“We are thrilled and proud to name Janson …

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October 3, 2014

EEOC Clarifies Protections For LGBT Employees

There exist both state and federal employment anti-discrimination laws that protect employees if they are discriminated against because they possess certain characteristics.  All the state employment anti-discrimination laws in New England have sexual orientation as an explicit protected …

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September 17, 2014

GLAD’s Mary Bonauto Receives MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

The MacArthur Foundation announced today that Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes referred to as a “genius grant.” The Fellowships are awarded annually to “talented individuals who …

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July 21, 2014

Impact of White House EO on LGBT Federal Workers and Contractors in New England

Statement by Gary Buseck, Interim Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Every day we hear about LGBT people who are not treated equally on the job. We agree with the President that workers should be judged only by their ability to get the job done, but know that is not always …

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July 8, 2014

Joint Statement on Withdrawal of Support for ENDA

The following national organizations have signed onto the below statement: American Civil Liberties Union; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal; National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Transgender Law Center.

Joint Statement on Withdrawal of Support for ENDA and Call for Equal …

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June 26, 2014

Social Security Issues Additional Policies for Same-Sex Couples

On June 20, 2014, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued extensive guidance on eligibility for spouse-based retirement and survivor benefits, Medicare and SSI benefits, which greatly expands the number of same-sex couples who are eligible for those benefits.  GLAD, together with other LGBT …

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June 25, 2014

Attorney General Reports to President on Windsor Implementation

On June 20, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a memorandum to President Obama detailing the progress that has been made in implementing the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor decision of June 26, 2013.  That decision struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which prevented …

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