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Equality Illinois supports bill SB 1 – $15 minimum wage

February 11, 2019

As an issue of fairness and justice to LGBTQ people, Equality Illinois supports increasing the Illinois minimum wage to $15.00. LGBTQ people should have the opportunity to provide for their families and establish economic security without burden or discrimination. Yet, our community is disproportionately affected by poverty.

Research shows that members of the LGBTQ community report lower incomes and higher rates of poverty than the general population .According to the 2018 report “Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All” by the LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative, 25% of LGBT people experienced a period over the last year when they did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family, as compared to 18% of non-LGBT people. The statistics are higher when race is considered. For instance, 37% of black LGBT individuals said they did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family. Black same-sex couples are roughly three times more likely to live in poverty than white same-sex couples.

The Movement Advancement Project also reports that transgender people nationally are nearly four times as likely to have a household income under $10,000 per year as the population as a whole (15 percent vs. 4 percent). According to the Illinois data of the 2015 US Trans Survey, 21% of transgender Illinoisans report living in poverty.

A $15 minimum wage can elevate many LGBTQ people out of poverty and provide an opportunity for greater economic security for us and our families. In a 2014 study, the Williams Institute at UCLA predicted that raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 to $15 an hour would reduce LGBT poverty by one-third for male same-sex couples and by almost one-half for female same-sex couples. The percentage of poor female same-sex couples would fall from 6.9% to 3.7%, a 46% drop in poverty. Poverty among men in same-sex couples would fall from 3.4% to 2.2%, a drop of 35% in poverty. The poverty rates of married different-sex couples would also decrease from 5.6% to 3.1%. Almost 30,000 people in same-sex couples would see their incomes rise above the federal poverty level.

These numbers demonstrate why raising the minimum wage in Illinois would have affirming impacts on the lives of LGBTQ Illinoisans. We urge the Illinois General Assembly to pass the bill, increase the state’s minimum wage to $15, and advance justice for LGBTQ people.

 

U.S. Court Protects Workers Regardless of Their Sexual Orientation

April 4, 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit made the right decision Tuesday that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in matters of employment regardless of the worker’s sexual orientation.

In Illinois, we know the power of such protections because our Human Rights Act already prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

However, there is more work to be done. In spite of the ruling today by the federal court, it is still legal in most states to fire a person for their sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Questions Remain As Trump Retains LGBTQ Workers’ Rights

January 31, 2017

Equality Illinois statement from Brian C. Johnson, CEO:

President Trump’s continuation of LGBTQ federal and contractor workers’ rights leaves many concerning, unanswered questions.

We are deeply aware of the many ways the Trump administration could still roll back equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans. And we, as advocates for the LGBTQ community, stand with so many other groups, including immigrants, refugees, Muslim Americans, and women.

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Celebrating Labor Day

September 5, 2016

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On Labor Day 2016, Equality Illinois celebrates the workers who thrive in LGBT-welcoming jobs as we recommit to fight for the federal Equality Act in Congress so that our labor is respected and protected in all workplaces throughout the nation.

 


DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN THE WORKPLACE

October 21, 2015

Corporate Social ResponsibilityYour workplace may already be LGBT-friendly, but do you and your colleagues know how to share those values with all employees?

Policy on paper is important but how can employers translate that into diversity trainings or conversation about sensitivity and inclusion?

Join us on Wednesday, October 28 for a workshop on DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: Trainings, Policies, and Other Practices. The workshop is free, but registration is required for security. CLE credit has been requested.

This Corporate Social Responsibility training is a part of a series, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

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42 Law Firms Honored for ‘Raising the Bar’

July 21, 2015

Raising the Bar 2015 coverEquality Illinois today recognized 42 Illinois law firms for “Raising the Bar” and leading the way in providing a welcoming and fair work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and engaging with the LGBT community.

The findings of our annual survey include:

– For the FOURTH year in a row, 100% of responding firms have an equal employment opportunity policy or non-discrimination policy that expressly included sexual orientation.

– 88% of all responding firms have an equal employment opportunity policy or non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity and/or gender expression.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

July 9, 2015

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Our work is not done! Today, Equality Illinois launched “Corporate Social Responsibility and LGBT Equality: A Program to Build an Inclusive Workplace Culture,” which includes a new guide and a series of training sessions.

Legal advances have been crucial in creating a fairer world for those who identify as LGBT‬, but there are many additional steps to creating a workplace environment where LGBT employees can flourish.

Click below to read and download the new Equality Illinois “Guide to LGBT-Inclusive Workplaces” and to sign up for the next Equality Illinois Corporate Social Responsibility Trainings. The presenting partner of this project is the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

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Law Firms Honored for LGBT Diversity

August 13, 2014

Raising the Bar 2014Equality Illinois today honors 41 Illinois law firms for “Raising the Bar” and leading the way in providing a welcoming and fair work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and engaging with the LGBT community.

The Equality Illinois Raising the Bar 2014 report released today goes into depth on the findings of the annual Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey and the common characteristics of the high-scoring firms that were recognized. Among the findings:

-For the third year in a row, 100% of responding firms have an equal employment opportunity policy or non-discrimination policy that expressly included sexual orientation.
-100% of responding large and mid-size firms have an equal employment opportunity policy or non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity and/or gender expression.

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WHITE HOUSE ORDERS PROTECT LGBT WORKERS

July 21, 2014

ObamaSignsOrderThe two executive orders expanding protections for LGBT workers signed Monday by President Obama set the standards by which policies, laws, and leaders should be judged, according to Equality Illinois.

“President Obama’s executive orders are to be applauded for their expansive coverage,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, who attended the signing ceremony in the White House East Room.

“The President also resisted appeals from extreme groups to single out LGBT workers for unprecedented broad exemptions which would have allowed taxpayer-funded contractors to use religious pretexts to discriminate.”

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Advancing the Federal LGBT Agenda

January 13, 2014
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi meets with the EQIL delegation, including CEO Bernard Cherkasov

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi meets with the EQIL delegation, including CEO Bernard Cherkasov

An Equality Illinois delegation spent Thursday, January 9 in Washington, DC meeting with leaders to discuss a wide range of issues and emphasizing that despite great gains in 2013, the agenda remains full and there should be no complacency.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley and the Obama administration officials in attendance were very receptive and welcomed the input.

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