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Kennedy, Scott Reintroduce Amendment to Religious Freedom Restoration Act

07.13.17   WASHINGTON - With the support of leaders from the civil rights, social justice and faith communities, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, today reintroduced legislation to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Do No Harm Act would clarify that no one can seek religious exemption from laws guaranteeing fundamental civil and legal rights. It comes in response to continued efforts… Continue Reading


Scott, Sensenbrenner Celebrate Older Americans Month By Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Protect Older Workers

05.25.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for older workers. The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act is a companion to a Senate bill of the same name, introduced by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Congressman Mark T… Continue Reading


Rep. Mark Takano Condemns Trump Proposal to Eliminate the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

05.23.17   Washington, DC - Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) today condemned the proposal in the Trump Administration's FY2018 budget to eliminate the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and reassign its responsibilities to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Though both are tasked with addressing civil rights issues related to employment, the purposes of the OFCCP and the EEOC are distinct. The OFCCP ensures that federal contractors comply with federal standards relate… Continue Reading


At Hearing, Committee Democrats Oppose Efforts to Weaken Workplace Discrimination Safeguard

05.23.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on "The Need for More Responsible Regulatory and Enforcement Policies at the EEOC." More than 50 years after the creation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Commission continues to perform vital work combatting discrimination and advancing civil rights in the workplace. In its nearly 52-year existence, the EEOC has played a crucial role in laws that protect workers from discrimination on the job.… Continue Reading


Scott, Conyers Statement on Latest Trump Actions to Enable Discrimination

05.04.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers (MI-13) issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order on the National Day of Prayer, that allegedly promotes "religious liberty": "Religious liberty is a fundamental American value. However, the executive order signed today by the Trump Administration would permit individuals to use their 'conscience-based objection… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on the Trump Administration Rolling Back Workplace Rule, Giving Serial Labor Law Violators a Free Pass

03.27.17   WASHINGTON, DC - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump signed a Resolution of Disapproval (H.J. Res 37) which overturned the rule implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (EO). This rule would have ensured that contractors disclose their labor, safety and civil rights violations, and that federal agencies evaluate those violations which are serious, willful, repeated, and pervasive when determining whether a contractor should… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Urge Senate to Press Acosta on Upholding DOL Mission

03.21.17   WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Committee on the Education and Workforce Democrats sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions regarding the upcoming nomination hearing of Mr. R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Labor. Specifically, they want to know how Mr. Acosta intends to carry out the DOL's mission to "foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners [.]" "During Mr. Acosta's upcoming… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Trump Administration Rollback of LGBTQ Protections

02.22.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House announced that it will repeal the Obama Administration's Title IX guidance protecting the rights of transgender students. "The impact of the Trump Administration's repeal of the Title IX guidance leaves LGBTQ students in at least 31 states vulnerable to bullying and discrimination. A student's right to equal education should not be impeded by an unsafe learning environment. "Last May, the Obama… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Final EEOC Rule on Collecting Pay Data

09.29.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued the final revisions on the collection of aggregate pay and hour data through its Employer Information Report (EEO-1) form. This revision will level the playing field for working people by providing clarity for the EEOC to analyze pay data and better allocate resources to enforce Title VII and the Equal Pay Act. "Discrimination remains a persiste… Continue Reading


Scott, Cummings Applaud Final Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule

08.24.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Members Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Elijah Cummings (MD-07) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council today announced final regulations and guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. "We commend the Department of Labor and the Obama Administration's diligent and deliberative process in developing the final Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule. This rule will ensure that hardworking … Continue Reading


Hoyer, Scott Hold Forum on the Working Families Agenda

06.27.16   BOWIE, MD - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) hosted a Working Families Field Forum with Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) as a special guest. Local elected leaders, policy experts, and workers joined Congressmen Hoyer and Scott in a discussion on House Democrats' Working Families Agenda, which includes policy solutions to raise the federal minimum wage, ensure pay equity, and provide paid leave for all workers. "I was pleased to join Rep. … Continue Reading


Scott, Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Older Workers

06.24.16   WASHINGTON - Today, Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, was joined by Representative David Young (R-IA) to introduce bipartisan legislation to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for older workers and other persons discriminated against in the workplace. The Protecting Older Workers against Discrimination Act is a companion to the Senate bill of the same name that was introduced last October. Today, Americans are working mor… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Report Confirming Lack of Racial and Gender Diversity in the Tech Industry

05.20.16   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) released its "Diversity in High Tech" report. The EEOC conducted this study at the request of Ranking Member Scott. "I am pleased that the EEOC conducted this analysis on race and gender representation in the high tech sector nationally, with a special focus on Silicon Valley. I requested this report from the … Continue Reading


Scott, Kennedy Introduce Amendment to Religious Freedom Restoration Act

05.18.16   WASHINGTON - Joined by leaders from the civil rights, social justice and faith communities, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) today introduced legislation to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Do No Harm Act would clarify that no one can seek religious exemption from laws guaranteeing fundamental civil and legal rights. It comes in response to continued efforts across the … Continue Reading


Scott, Wilson Statement on EEOC’s Final Wellness Rule

05.16.16   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Workforce Protections Subcommittee Ranking Member Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) issued the following statement on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) final regulations clarifying the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) to workplace wellness programs: "We commend the EEOC's deliberative process in develo… Continue Reading


Scott Commends Obama Administration on New Federal Ban-the-Box Proposed Rule

04.29.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a proposed ban-the-box rule titled "Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (General) and Suitability." The proposed rule that would prohibit federal agencies from asking questions about criminal and credit history to applicants for tens of thousands of jobs in the competitive service, as well as the career senior executive service, until a conditional… Continue Reading


Scott, Smith, Cummings Oppose NDAA Amendment to Reward Pervasive Violators of Employment, Non-Discrimination, and Safety Laws with New Government Contracts

04.26.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Members Bobby Scott (VA-03), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Elijah Cummings (MD-07) of, respectively, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued the following statements today after learning about forthcoming efforts to ban implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order via an amendment in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Defense Authorization Act. The Fair Pay… Continue Reading


Scott, Cummings, 50 House Members Urge President to Make Federal Government “Model Employer” With Fair Chance Hiring Policies

04.20.16   WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA) led 50 House Members in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to take steps to solidify fair chance hiring policies in the federal government. Fair chance hiring helps level the playing field for those reentering society after incarceration and can include "banning the box," or prohibiting questions about criminal histories early in the hiring process. "As we move toward National Reentry Week (Apri… Continue Reading


Reps. Scott, Conyers, Nadler and Cohen Ask DOJ to Have 2007 OLC RFRA Opinion Reconsidered

02.23.16   For Immediate Release: February 23, 2016 Contact: Kiara Pesante (Scott) 202-226-0853 Stephanie Báez (Conyers) 202-225-6906 Daniel Schwarz (Nadler) 202-225-5635 Michael Eisenstatt (Cohen) 202-225-3265 WASHINGTON - Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property,… Continue Reading


Scott, Warren, Colleagues Call for EEOC Action to Protect Employees’ Family Health Information

02.11.16   Members ask for changes to ensure employer-sponsored wellness programs fully comply with the GINA Full text of the letter is available here WASHINGTON - Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce; United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); and six colleagues sent a bicameral letter to the U.S. E… Continue Reading

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