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Scott and McMorris Rodgers Statement on Civil Rights Report to Repeal Subminimum Wage for People with Disabilities

09.17.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Committee on Education and Labor, and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statements on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights 2020 report on the subminimum wage and its impact on people with disabilities. In the report, the Commission recommends Congress "repeal Section 14(c) with a planned phase-out period to allow transition among service providers and people with disabilities to alternative service models prioritizing co… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on SCOTUS Decision in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru

07.08.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel that religious employers can exempt some of their employees from civil rights laws on the basis of religious freedom. This is particularly relevant given the Court's recent decision in Espinoza, which would allow taxpayer money to flow to private, religious schools. "Today's Supreme Court decision cre… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott on Landmark Decision to Secure Employment Protections for LGBTQ

06.15.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ individuals cannot be denied employment due to sexual orientation or gender identity. "The Supreme Court's decision affirms that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits the unlawful workplace discrimination on the basis of sex. With today's landmark decision, the Court relied on precedent to make clear that gender-based discrimination against workers includes sex… Continue Reading

House Democrats to Labor Department: Protect Civil Rights in Federal Contracting

05.04.20   WASHINGTON - Today, House Democrats sent a letter to the Director of the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in strong opposition to the agency's recent guidance allowing new service, supply, and construction contracts related to coronavirus response to avoid federal affirmative action requirements. The letter was signed by Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Committee on Armed Services… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Calls on Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposals Supporting Taxpayer-Funded Religious Discrimination

02.21.20   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) sent four letters to the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Education (ED), Labor (DOL), and Justice (DOJ) expressing strong opposition to the administration's sweeping set of proposed rules that would allow religious discrimination against employees and students in federally funded programs and violate the religious liberty rights of individuals accessing federally sponsored social service progra… Continue Reading

Congress Seeks Documents on Trump Administration’s Change to Longstanding Rules Protecting Federal Employees

01.23.20   WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Rep. Bobby Scott, the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) seeking documents and information about the change proposed to longstanding federal rules ensuring that federal employees who bring complaints for illegal employment discrimination may be accompanied by the representatives of their choice. "As the Ch… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Praises Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Older Workers Against Age Discrimination

01.15.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement as the House voted to pass H.R. 1230, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. The bipartisan legislation would restore protections for older workers by ensuring they have the same legal protections against age discrimination as those that exist for discrimination based on race, sex, nationality, and religion. "It has now been more than a decade since the Supreme Court heightened the bu… Continue Reading

Committee Advances Bipartisan Proposal to Secure Clear, Strong Protections for Pregnant Workers

01.14.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694), a bipartisan proposal to secure clear and strong protections for pregnant workers. The legislation guarantees pregnant workers' right to reasonable accommodations - such as extra bathroom breaks, relief from heavy lifting, and other minor job modifications that ensure they can continue working without jeopardizing their health or the health of their pregnancy. The bill is being led b… Continue Reading

Committee Chairs to Secretary Azar: Abandon Proposal to Undermine Civil Rights Protections Under Federal Programs

12.20.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (MA-01), and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar asking the Department to abandon its proposal to weaken civil rights protections for Americans served by a wide array of feder… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on EEOC Decision to Abandon Collection of Data on Racial, Gender Pay Gap

09.12.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a Notice of Information Collection on the EEO-1 report. The Notice abandons an Obama-era initiative to expand the EEO-1 data collection, known as Component 2, to include data on race and gender pay disparities. "The 2016 revisions to the EEO-1 report (Component 2) are necessary for the enforcement of our nation's anti-discrimination laws. The expanded pay data… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Department of Labor Proposal to Weaken Anti-Discrimination Protections in Federal Contracting

08.15.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Contracting Compliance Programs proposed a new rule which would gut nondiscrimination protections by vastly expanding religious exemptions to Executive Order 11246, which prohibit discrimination in hiring by federal contractors, including on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity. "The administration's proposal to weaken anti-discrimination protections in f… Continue Reading

Chu, Menendez, Scott, Lofgren Introduce Bicameral POWER ACT to Protect Immigrant Workers

05.22.18   WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Representative Judy Chu and Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced the Protecting Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation (POWER) Act in the House and Senate. The legislation will provide U Visa eligibility for immigrant workers who report unsafe or unfair labor practices. The bill will also strengthen labor agencies' investigative powers and allow a stay of removal and work authorization for workers who file a workplace claim. At a time of increasing workplace ra… Continue Reading

Committee Democrats Honor Brown v Board Anniversary by Highlighting Administration’s Attacks on Students’ Civil Rights

05.17.18   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee Democrats honored the 64th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision by expanding the focus of a hearing on data privacy to include a wide range of threats to students' rights and educational equity. While acknowledging the importance of protecting students' data, Democrats highlighted the Trump administration's actions to roll back protections for transgender students, rescind Obama-era guidance on combating sexual assault on campus, and halt… Continue Reading

Scott: House Passes Bill that Undermines Civil Rights for People With Disabilities

02.15.18   Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 [225-192]. The legislation attacks the civil rights of Americans with disabilities. "Passage of H.R. 620 is the latest attack on the rights of individuals with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a bipartisan civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and ensures access to places of employment… Continue Reading

Scott on the Administration’s Continued Attempts to Promote Discrimination

01.18.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement on its decision to create a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office for Civil Rights: "Today, the Trump administration announced its decision to create a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office for Civil Rights. This announcement must be examined as part of the administration's broader pattern of promoting di… Continue Reading

Scott, Butterfield, Lee Unveil New Report on Diversity in the Tech

11.30.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce was joined by Reps. G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Barbara Lee (CA-09) to release a Government Accountability Office report entitled, "Diversity in the Technology Sector: Federal Agencies Could Improve Oversight of Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements." The report found that the environment and access to these opportunities have not improved in more than a decade, for women, Black an… Continue Reading

Top Democrats Raise Concerns about Roll Back of Civil Rights Under Guise of Religious Freedom

11.21.17   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (MD-07), Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (MA-01), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06), and Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (NY-17) sent a letter to Acting Secretary Eric Hargan in response to the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Request for Informatio… Continue Reading

Scott and Conyers: Report Raises Concerns about Organizations Being Given a Blank Check to Discriminate

11.07.17   WASHINGTON - House Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and House Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers (MI-13) released the findings of a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) they requested on how federal agencies are implementing the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel June 29, 2007 memorandum on the application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) to federal grant programs. ‎Specifically, GAO analyzed the extent to… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Trump Administration Actions Legalizing Discrimination

10.06.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued government-wide legal guidance that outlined broad exemptions for "religious freedom." "Today, the Trump Administration released a regulation that would limit access to contraceptive health services and a memorandum that misapplies federal law to facilitate employment-based discrimination. "First, the Trump Administration issued regulations, effective immediately, that wou… Continue Reading

Scott and Takano Joint Statement on Rollback of Transgender Worker Rights

10.05.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Representative Mark Takano (CA-41), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, issued the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Department of Justice is reversing a policy that protects transgender workers from discrimination. "Attorney General Sessions' decision to dismiss the Obama administration's memo to protect transgender Americans under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is yet another … Continue Reading

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