Posts Tagged “Discrimination”

PhillyGayLawyer Angela Giampolo on Philadelphia CNN Affiliate TONIGHT

By | April 28, 2014

Angela Giampolo on Philadelphia CNN affiliate TONIGHT! Tune in or set your DVR’s to 7pm TONIGHT to Comcast Channel 792, Verizon Channel 15, and 69 on a regular digital tuner TONIGHT!

29 states have no laws prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and 34 have no laws based on gender identity. This is absolutely unacceptable!

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PhillyGayLawyer in Legal Intelligencer: Protecting the Rights of LGBT People in the Workplace

By | April 16, 2014

The legal landscape for LGBT people today is quickly changing and hard to predict, but the trend over the last few years has been overwhelmingly positive—from the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 being ruled unconstitutional, to the growing legion of states that have come to recognize same-sex marriage either by legislation or litigation. However, the work is far from done and marriage equality is only one front of the war—and potentially not even the most important.

What is truly at the center of the LGBT human-rights movement is the effort to advance state and federal legislation protecting people from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The effort has crystallized around the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which has been introduced in every session of Congress since 1994 except one. If, after 20 years of congressional limbo, it’s signed into law, ENDA would bar employers from firing or not hiring someone because of their “actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.”

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Preeminent LGBT Lawyer Explains Transgender Athletes’ Rights

By | April 7, 2014

Sports are often a mirror of society — the good and the bad. Yet while sports is often the one area where talent overrides racial, gender, and religious biases and prejudices, transgender athletes are still battling for acceptance.

A recent lawsuit filed by a California woman against CrossFit illustrates the challenge that transgender athletes face when attempting to compete in sexually divided sports. Chloie Jonsson, a personal trainer, charges the CrossFit company with discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and unfair competition for prohibiting her from competing in a strength competition as a female. She is seeking $2.5 million in damages.

Ms. Jonsson’s struggle to compete as a woman after undergoing sexual reassignment surgery and hormone treatment raises many difficult legal questions about how athletic organizations should handle transgender athletes’ requests to compete in a given gender classification. To answer some of those questions I turned to the top LGBT lawyer in Philadelphia, Angela Giampolo. Ms. Giampolo, who runs PhillyGayLawyer.com, specializes in Corporate Law, Real Estate, International Law (Asia and Africa), Civil Rights, LGBT Law, and Estate Planning.

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Navigating real estate without rights

By | April 4, 2014

Home may be where the heart is, but having a roof over one’s head is one of the most basic of human needs. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes “housing” on its list of essentials that everyone should have access to, alongside food, medicine and social services. Federal law in the United States largely agrees. Title VIII of the Civil Rights act of 1968, known as the Fair Housing Act, states that “it shall be unlawful to refuse to sell or rent … or otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status or national origin.” Great! That means that no landlord or Realtor can ever discriminate against a person seeking a place to live based on who they are and what they look like … right? But what about LGBT people? Could a landlord or Realtor discriminate against a potential tenant or buyer based on his or her sexual orientation? What about based on gender identity? The answer in more than half of America — including in most of Pennsylvania — is, unfortunately, yes. This is a real problem.

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Same-sex marriage battle is simply history repeating itself

By | March 12, 2014

Regardless of the year, June 26 is a date that LGBT Americans will never forget. On that day in 2003, the Supreme Court of the United States found Texas’ anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas and, 10 years later, the top court gave us another huge victory when it ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional because it violated our Fifth-Amendment rights.

It was a palpable moment where our government validated and deemed equal the love shared between two people in the LGBT community. But the tears of joy have long since dried, the rainbow flags have been folded and put away and here we are in Pennsylvania still waiting for our state to acknowledge us. I don’t know about you, but as state after state (TEXAS?!) begins to stand on the right side of history, my patience for Pennsylvania is wearing thin. Yet, as we look back 50 years ago to the not-too-distant past, the timeline for same-sex marriage is shockingly on par with that of the anti-miscegenation laws overturned to fully legalize interracial marriage.

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Serving and Protecting at Pride Events

By | November 1, 2013

By Angela D. Giampolo, original article appears in Philadelphia Gay News YouTube videos of a Philadelphia gay man being forcefully subdued by Philadelphia Police started popping up shortly after the incident occurred at Philadelphia’s annual OutFest Oct. 13. The videos depict Anthony Reto, 23, being put in a headlock by police and held to the […]

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The War against LGBT Students in Schools: A Summary of Alex Morris’s “Hidden War” in Rolling Stone

By | October 15, 2013

American private schools are capitalizing on strategically written state tax law and religious fervor to effectively ban students from either being gay or supporting the LGBT movement within their walls. These policies give the school the right to expel any student at any time, if they are suspected of being or sympathizing with LGBT. Anti-gay […]

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