Civil Rights

Federal agency accused of tolerating employees who distributed Nazi propaganda and harassed colleagues

One worker greeted coworkers with a Nazi salute and praised Hitler, a lawsuit alleges, while supervisors declined to take action.

OIG: Interior Department backdated discrimination determinations and applied incorrect standards

Officials at the department’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights backdated discrimination decisions for up to 15 days prior to their issuance and erroneously ruled in five cases, according to a new report.

New bill would beef up accessibility reporting requirements for agencies

Agency and department heads would be required to appoint “Section 508 compliance officers” to ensure they meet accessibility mandates.

Supreme Court rejects USPS bid to require employees to work on Sundays

The Postal Service may still prevail in lower court, but the high court has created a new precedent USPS must now follow in providing religious accommodations.

Why the White House’s Environmental Justice Tool Is Still Disappointing Advocates

New changes “ended up making the program less focused on people of color than it originally was,” one advocate said.

Congressional Black Caucus Meets with Biden to Push for Police Accountability

Last year, at least 1,192 people were killed by law enforcement officers in the U.S., and 26% were Black people despite making up more than 13% of U.S. population

America’s Biggest Museums Fail to Return Native American Human Remains

The remains of more than 100,000 Native Americans are held by prestigious U.S. institutions, despite a 1990 law meant to return them to tribal nations. Here’s how the ancestors were stolen — and how tribes are working to get them back.

Fred Gray, the ‘Chief Counsel for the Protest Movement,’ to Get Medal of Freedom for His Civil Rights Work

When Rosa Parks was arrested for sitting in the front of a bus in Montgomery, Fred Gray was her lawyer. Now he’s being honored for a lifetime of civil rights advocacy.

Grain Elevator Project Could Destroy African American Historical Sites, Preservation Agency Says

Following ProPublica's reporting, a federal agency says that a proposed grain elevator in Louisiana could harm a historic plantation and asks why a report was changed to minimize discussion of possible damage.

GovExec Daily: LGBTQ+ Workers and Discrimination

Federal employment attorney Dan Meyer joins the podcast to discuss how workers can identify discrimination at the office and what can be done about it.

Juneteenth Celebrates Just One of the U.S.’ 20 Emancipation Days. The History of How Emancipated People Were Kept Unfree Needs to Be Remembered, Too

Known as Juneteenth in Texas, Emancipation Days symbolized America’s attempt to free the enslaved across the nation. But those days were unable to prevent new forms of economic slavery.

As Ketanji Brown Jackson Testified, Black Women Saw Themselves Reflected

For many, her reactions and words on the public stage reflected what they have lived as they navigate workplaces dominated by White men.

Older Feds Are Facing Persistent Racial and Gender Pay Disparities, the EEOC Has Found

Although the federal workforce has higher representation of people 40 and older than the private sector, men and white and Asian employees within that age group make more than women and other ethnicities.

Kirsten Gillibrand and Joni Ernst Can Pass Their Military Sexual Assault Bill — They Just Need a Senate Vote

The senators have a bipartisan measure to put independent prosecutors, not military commanders, in charge of serious crimes.

Why It Matters That CDC Declared Racism a Public Health Issue

The move draws attention to long-ignored racial gaps in health care.

To Close Gender Gap, Fight Pay Secrecy

"An emerging body of research finds that pay secrecy policies... disadvantage women in particular."