Mesa Coach Wins Damages in Retaliation Case

December 4, 2009

from Title IX blog

A jury in San Diego Superior Court found that Mesa Community College retaliated against former basketball coach when it terminated her position for speaking out against inequities in women’s athletics, in violation of Title IX. Lorri Sulpizio’s complaints had triggered an investigation by the Office for Civil Rights, which lead to an agreement by the college to remedy disparities in support and resources between men’s and women’s teams.

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Former Mesa College Coach Wins Bias Lawsuit

December 4, 2009

from San Diego Metropolitan Magazine

Lorri Sulpizio, former coach of the women’s basketball team at San Diego Mesa College, has won a favorable verdict from a California State Court jury from a lawsuit she filed in July 2008 against the San Diego Community College District. The jury awarded $28,000 — the equivalent of one year’s salary — in damages, finding that the district had retaliated against Sulpizio when she complained that Mesa engaged in gender inequities in violation of Title IX, a federal statute that prohibits discrimination based on sex in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance in the United States. Sulpizio, who claimed she was fired by the district after she complained, was represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Leslie Levy of Boxer & Gerson LLP, and Mattheus E. Stephens of Stock Stephens LLP. “This is a victory for the student-athletes who work so hard to succeed on the court and in the classrooms,” said Sulpizio. “They deserve nothing less than fair and equal treatment. I remain committed to Title IX and ending gender discrimination in sports, and this verdict inspires me to continue working for equality.”

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ENDA Now, No More Delays! We need you at a Washington, D.C. Phone Bank for ENDA!

December 4, 2009

The National Center for Lesbian Rights and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, members of the United ENDA Coalition, are hosting phone banks here in DC to help pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act! If ENDA passes it would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, making it illegal to discriminate against people for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

Everyone should be judged on the basis of their work and not who they are. Come phone bank for equality and help pass ENDA! These are easy and fun calls to LGBT people and LGBT supportive voters that will make the difference in passing ENDA this year. ENDA NOW, NO MORE DELAYS! Food will be provided.

What: Phone bank to pass ENDA

Who: Equality minded people like you, your friends, and family!

When: 6pm-9pm, Every Tuesday & Thursday night from now until December 22nd (Dec. 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, and 22nd)

Where: 6th floor, 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20005Directions – One block off of Thomas Circle, near the intersection of 13th & Massachusetts NW. Nearest metros – McPherson Square (orange/blue) and Mt. Vernon Square/7th St. Convention Center (yellow/green).

RSVP Required – contact Jaan Williams at 202-834-0835 or to RSVP or for more information.

Know of friends or family in the DC area who support LGBT equality? Invite them to join you phone banking!

LGBT Americans Outraged at Delay in Basic Job Rights

December 4, 2009

In light of continuing delays in the House of Representatives, we must state clearly and unequivocally: Passing basic job protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people must happen now. At a time when our government is deeply focused on the critical issue of employment, it is inexcusable to delay action on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Each and every job lost to prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity needlessly compounds the unemployment challenges facing our nation. We call on Congress for the immediate passage of ENDA.

For decades now, we have called upon Congress to pass legislation to address the basic right of LGBT people to work free from discrimination at our jobs, and now Congress tells us we must wait another year. In 29 states, it remains legal to fire people based on sexual orientation and in 38 states, discrimination based on gender identity remains legal. In failing to take swift action to pass ENDA, our government allows unfettered bigotry to go unchecked, leading to the loss of jobs, fear in the workplace, economic instability, and personal hardship, while allowing employers to lose competent experienced workers. ENDA is urgently needed by our communities.

The majority of Americans consistently state their support for employment protections and voters have affirmed similar state and local measures. There is absolutely no reason for Congress to continue to delay this non-controversial bill or drop LGBT issues to the bottom of their agenda. We will not be denied basic rights any longer.  Nothing is more important than protecting people’s jobs so ENDA must pass now. Further delays are absolutely unacceptable.

Matthew Coles & James Esseks, Co-Directors, American Civil Liberties Union LGBT Project
Terry Stone, Executive Director, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Toni Broaddus, Executive Director, Equality Federation
Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director, Family Equality Council
Lee Swislow, Executive Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
Jarrett Tomás Barrios, President, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
Joe Solmonese, President, Human Rights Campaign
Rachel B. Tiven, Executive Director, Immigration Equality
Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO, International Federation of Black Prides, Inc.
Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director, Lambda Legal
Christian Berle, Director of the Log Cabin Republicans National Office
Sharon J. Lettman, Executive Director/CEO, National Black Justice Coalition
Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality
Rebecca Fox, Executive Director, National Coalition for LGBT Health
Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
Michael Mitchell, Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats
Gregory Varnum, Executive Director, National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Selisse Berry, Founding Executive Director, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Jody Huckaby, Executive Director, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National
Jo Kenny, Interim Director, Pride at Work AFL-CIO
Masen Davis, Executive Director, Transgender Law Center

Additional organizations may be added.