Committee on Education and Labor - U.S. House of Representatives

Worker Rights

House Passes Measure to Restore Protections for Individuals with Disabilities

On June 25, 2008, the House passed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 by a vote of 402-17 to protect individuals with disabilities who may be subject to discrimination as a result of the weakening of the Americans with Disabilities Act. More »

House Passes Historic Legislation to End Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

ENDA photo By a vote of 235 to 184, the House on November 7, 2007 approved historic legislation to end workplace discrimination against Americans on the basis of sexual orientation. The legislation, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, would prohibit employment discrimination, preferential treatment, and retaliation on the basis of sexual orientation by employers with 15 or more employees.
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Extending Collective Bargaining Rights to Public Safety Workers in All 50 States

By an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 314-97, the House on July 17, 2007 approved the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2007 to guarantee the rights of firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical service workers in all 50 states to collectively bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions. More »

Committee Votes to Restore Bargaining Rights to Skilled, Professional and Trades Workers

On September 19, 2007, by a vote of 26 to 20, the Committee passed the Re-Empowerment of Skilled and Professional Employees and Construction Tradesworkers (RESPECT) Act to ensure the rights of millions of skilled, professional and trade workers in the U.S. to join unions and bargain collectively. More »

House Passes Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

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On July 31, the House of Representatives passed legislation to rectify a Supreme Court ruling in May that made it harder for workers to pursue pay discrimination claims. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act would clarify that every paycheck or other compensation resulting, in whole or in part, from an earlier discriminatory pay decision constitutes a violation of the Civil Rights Act. As long as workers file their charges within 180 days of a discriminatory paycheck, their charges would be considered timely. More »

House Votes to Extend Collective Bargaining Rights to Public Safety Workers

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By an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 314-97, on July 17 the House of Representatives approved legislation to guarantee the rights of public safety workers in all 50 states to collectively bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions. More »

Employee Free Choice Act

On March 1, 2007, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) passed the House, 241-185. The bill would enable workers to bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions by restoring their rights to form unions. The bill would reofmr a broken union election process in which employers frequently intimidate, harass, reassign, or even fire workers who support the formation of a union. More »

Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act

The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2007 (GINA) was signed into law on May 21, 2008 after the House passed it on April 25, 2007, by a vote of 420-3. GINA protects personal genetic information from discriminatory use by health insurers and employers. The bipartisan measure prohibits employers from using individuals' genetic information when making hiring, firing, job placement or promotion decisions. It also makes it illegal for group health plans and health insurers to deny coverage to healthy individuals or charge them higher premiums based solely on a genetic predisposition to a specific disease. More »

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