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May 4, 2014
As job training practitioners and advocates for effective policies and practices for people returning from prison, we are pleased with the Baltimore City Council's decision to "Ban the Box. " ( "Council passes 'Ban the Box' legislation," April 28). The legislation expands current law by requiring private businesses with 10 or more employees to eliminate questions about previous arrests or convictions from initial job applications. The Greater Baltimore Grassroots Criminal Justice Network applauds Councilman Nick Mosby's leadership and the accompanying support of the City Council.
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July 17, 2014
Barbara A. Res should do her homework regarding alleged employment discrimination against women in the construction industry ( "Construction: a boy's club," July 14). The United Brotherhood of Carpenters recently pointed to a job which maintained 20 percent female employment for the 18-month duration. Times are changing and Ms. Res' incorrect commentary only fuels outdated stereotypes. For more information, you can contact the Prairie Arctic Regional Council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.
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By Tricia Bishop | May 9, 2012
A 61-year-old white woman, who says she was wrongfully fired from the Baltimore prosecutors' office after 25 years on the job, has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit alleging age, race and gender discrimination in the 2010 termination. Antoinette E. Swiec, of Baltimore, is seeking $400,000 in compensation from the Baltimore state's attorney's office on each of two counts, claiming she was fired because the predominantly young, African American division she worked for wanted her out. The lawsuit was filed in  U.S. District Court Monday, and was to be served on Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein, though the firing occurred under his predecessor, Patricia C. Jessamy.
NEWS
May 20, 2014
As a long-time advocate for equal employment opportunity in the federal workplace, I applaud your recent article, "Report finds 'failure' in Social Security discrimination complaint process" (May 15) by John Fritze, which disclosed the recent audit of the Social Security Administration's employment discrimination complaints process conducted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Now the EEOC needs to conduct audits of other federal agencies, including those in the legislative branch, because the shortcomings of the SSA's complaints process are not unique to that agency.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Happy Halloween! Let's talk about something truly terrifying: LGBT discrimination in hiring. Maybe not as viscerally scream-inducing as ghouls or witches, I know. But after progress on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act got halted by a government shutdown and fights over the debt ceiling, BuzzFeed reported Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is likely to start setting up a Monday vote on beginning debate on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act , also known as ENDA.
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By Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Republican Senator Dean Heller, the junior Senator from Nevada, announced Monday his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) , which likely makes him the crucial 60th vote in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's attempt to get the bill approved by the Senate. The battle to get ENDA passed during the current session of Congress has been long and protracted, with the legislation receiving bursts of media attention that punctuate long waiting periods. Reid's attempt to set up a cloture vote - which would prevent an attempted filibuster that could kill the bill - brought the most recent flurry of updates.
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By Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would ban hiring and employment discrimination against LGBT individuals, will proceed in the Senate after 61 senators voted for a cloture motion that will lead to a final vote on the bill. Maryland Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin were among the legislators to vote "yes" on cloture, which limits the amount of time ENDA can be debated before a final vote on the measure is eventually held.  Seven Republicans voted in support of the bill: ENDA co-sponsors Sens.
NEWS
July 17, 2014
Barbara A. Res should do her homework regarding alleged employment discrimination against women in the construction industry ( "Construction: a boy's club," July 14). The United Brotherhood of Carpenters recently pointed to a job which maintained 20 percent female employment for the 18-month duration. Times are changing and Ms. Res' incorrect commentary only fuels outdated stereotypes. For more information, you can contact the Prairie Arctic Regional Council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.
NEWS
May 20, 2014
As a long-time advocate for equal employment opportunity in the federal workplace, I applaud your recent article, "Report finds 'failure' in Social Security discrimination complaint process" (May 15) by John Fritze, which disclosed the recent audit of the Social Security Administration's employment discrimination complaints process conducted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Now the EEOC needs to conduct audits of other federal agencies, including those in the legislative branch, because the shortcomings of the SSA's complaints process are not unique to that agency.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
We're pleased that Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby's measure to address the employment discrimination faced by ex-offenders is moving toward a final vote later this month ( "'Ban the box' bill advances over opposition from businesses," April 7). The "ban the box" bill represents an important shift in policy that will give job applicants a chance to explain past offenses and better compete on their own merits. Yet we're alarmed by the nature of the arguments that are being advanced against the bill, which have been delivered with a vehemence that is seemingly disproportionate to the legislation's modest aims.
NEWS
May 7, 2014
Baltimore's new "Ban the Box" law does little to address employment discrimination against ex-offenders. In fact, the moniker "Ban the Box" itself is an epic public relations blunder. Even supporters of the initiative are forced to admit that the legislation doesn't in fact "ban" anything but simply postpones criminal history inquiries until later in the hiring process. In addition, both preliminary research and conventional wisdom indicate that "Ban the Box" legislation might actually contribute to ex-offender unemployment rates.
NEWS
May 4, 2014
As job training practitioners and advocates for effective policies and practices for people returning from prison, we are pleased with the Baltimore City Council's decision to "Ban the Box. " ( "Council passes 'Ban the Box' legislation," April 28). The legislation expands current law by requiring private businesses with 10 or more employees to eliminate questions about previous arrests or convictions from initial job applications. The Greater Baltimore Grassroots Criminal Justice Network applauds Councilman Nick Mosby's leadership and the accompanying support of the City Council.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Tomi B. Finkle started her law enforcement career with the U.S. Capitol Police in the late 1970s, when she was a man. By the time she retired as a sergeant in 2002, she was ready to begin a new life as a woman. The Charles County resident continued to pursue public service, and her passion for horseback riding, in her volunteer work with a regional mounted search-and-rescue team. But when she volunteered to ride with a new mounted patrol unit she says she helped Howard County police create, she was turned down.
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By Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would ban hiring and employment discrimination against LGBT individuals, will proceed in the Senate after 61 senators voted for a cloture motion that will lead to a final vote on the bill. Maryland Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin were among the legislators to vote "yes" on cloture, which limits the amount of time ENDA can be debated before a final vote on the measure is eventually held.  Seven Republicans voted in support of the bill: ENDA co-sponsors Sens.
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By Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Republican Senator Dean Heller, the junior Senator from Nevada, announced Monday his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) , which likely makes him the crucial 60th vote in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's attempt to get the bill approved by the Senate. The battle to get ENDA passed during the current session of Congress has been long and protracted, with the legislation receiving bursts of media attention that punctuate long waiting periods. Reid's attempt to set up a cloture vote - which would prevent an attempted filibuster that could kill the bill - brought the most recent flurry of updates.
FEATURES
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Happy Halloween! Let's talk about something truly terrifying: LGBT discrimination in hiring. Maybe not as viscerally scream-inducing as ghouls or witches, I know. But after progress on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act got halted by a government shutdown and fights over the debt ceiling, BuzzFeed reported Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is likely to start setting up a Monday vote on beginning debate on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act , also known as ENDA.
NEWS
January 10, 2014
We appreciate Dan Rodricks ' long history of supporting employment opportunities for Maryland's released prison inmates returning to society and we applaud his efforts to articulate the importance of those opportunities for successful reentry and reducing recidivism ( "'Honesty in hiring' beats 'ban the box,'" Jan. 7). We agree that it is better for an employer to know a person's criminal record before hiring him; and we think the Baltimore City Council's effort to "ban the box" on private employer applications does just that.
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