News & Commentary

July 22, 2016

Leora Smith

Leora Smith is a student at Harvard Law School.

The EEOC is getting serious about the right to use a bathroom that conforms with your gender identity. A new fact sheet lays out requirements for workplace bathrooms, and makes it clear that employers who fail to provide access to bathrooms that align with employees’ gender identities are engaging in gender discrimination that violates Title VII. Read a summary of the fact sheet here.

Today, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto will be in Washington, D.C. to continue his conversation with President Obama about trade, immigration and security. In The Huffington Post Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, outlines three points he hopes the Presidents will discuss.

While it felt like everyone was glued to the #RNCinCLE (Republican National Convention in Cleveland) hashtag on Twitter this week, a number of groups hosted an interesting and informative Twitter discussion about the minimum wage yesterday using the hashtag #MinWageChat. And on that note – Minneapolis just got one step closer to a $15/hr minimum wage

And the Department of Justice submitted a request for the Supreme Court to rehear the case  U.S. v. Texas, once they have a full 9-person bench next term. The deadlocked decision in the case means that the lower court’s injunction on  President Obama’s far-reaching immigration plans, expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and creating Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, still stands. In their request to the court, the DOJ writes that this is a matter of such “great national importance” that the nation deserves a clear ruling from the Supreme Court.  Even if the court agrees, there is no guaranteeing that the next term will see a full 9-Justice panel to hear the case.


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