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ACS Issue Brief Promotes Transition Ideas For Ending Workplace Discrimination

Authors Say Discrimination Remains Serious Impediment To Workplace Fairness

WASHINGTON - The next administration should make ending workplace discrimination a priority because it remains a serious impediment to workplace fairness, states a new Issue Brief released by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS). The Issue Brief is part of the nonpartisan legal organization's ongoing rollout of ideas and proposals for advancing legal and justice policies in the next administration.

Cyrus Mehri and Ellen Eardley, attorneys at Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, say in their new paper that, "Over the years, overt discrimination has become less prevalent and less socially acceptable. Yet discrimination persists, both the blatant variety and more subtle forms of stereotyping and favoritism, sometimes referred to as ‘second generation' discrimination."

In "21st Century Tools for Advancing Equal Opportunities: Recommendations for the Next Administration," the authors assert the next administration should take actions to expose discrimination in the workplace, urge federal government agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to increase their challenges to workplace discrimination and work for passage of legislation that improves access to courts for workers, such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. That measure, as the authors explain, would overrule the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber, which placed limits on the ability of workers to bring court actions challenging workplace discrimination.

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The Issue Brief can be downloaded along with the full ACS package of proposals, "A Fresh Start for a New Administration: Reforming Law and Justice Policies," at www.acslaw.org/lawandjustice.

To arrange interviews with the authors, please contact the ACS Communications Department.

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