CREEC and DMFHC Present: A Forum on Non-Discrimination Law Protecting Trans*, Non-Binary, and Genderqueer People

Please join The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center and The Denver Metro Fair Housing Center for a Forum on Non-Discrimination Law Protecting Trans*, Non-Binary, and Genderqueer People We will be discussing legal rights, challenges, and areas of discrimination — for example, in housing and businesses — that may affect transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer individuals and other protected classes (race, religion, disability, etc.). Thursday, December 3, 2015 At the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center 3280 Downing Street, Suite B, Denver Refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Program starts at 6:00 p.m. Please contact info@creeclaw.org or dmfhc@dmfhc.org for more...

Lambda Legal and CREEC Urge Delta Airlines to Amend Pension Plan to Grant Benefits to Surviving Same-Sex Spouses

“It is time for Delta and other major employers—many of whom are allies to the LGBT community—to update their boilerplate policies and remove this hurdle that affects same-sex couples who were barred from marriage for so long.” Lambda Legal and the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) sent a letter to Delta Airlines on behalf of Dan Walter, a gay widower who was denied spousal survivor benefits after the death of his husband and partner of 21 years, Jay Beadle, who had 36 years of decorated service as an airline employee. The letter urges the LGBT-friendly Fortune 100 company to amend its pension plan terms to allow surviving same-sex spouses to receive survivor benefits even if their marriages did not meet the plan’s one-year marriage requirement. “We have seen firsthand Delta’s demonstrated track record of support for the LGBT community, but now we look to Delta to be the leader we know it to be. Amend the pension plan to allow surviving same-sex spouses, many of whom didn’t have access to marriage until the Supreme Court decision in June, to receive survivor benefits despite not meeting the marriage duration requirement,” said Karen Loewy, Senior Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal. “In many cases, couples were married for less than a year before one of the spouses died, complicating access to spousal benefits. Surviving spouses shouldn’t be penalized because they were excluded from marriage for most of their time together.” “Just because federal pension law allows these kinds of duration requirements does not make them fair or equitable,” said Julie Wilensky, Director of CREEC’s California office. “It is time for...

Julie Wilensky Speaking on LGBT Employment Issues at NY City Bar CLE Program

Hey NYC lawyers! CREEC’s California Director Julie Wilensky will be speaking about “Employment Law Post-Obergefell” at the New York City Bar on Tuesday, December 1 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The panel, which will cover how the Obergefell and the Windsor Supreme Court decisions affect employment law and benefits for both LGBT employees and employers, is in-person only. If you will be in NYC on December 1st, be sure to...

Upcoming Webinar: Advocating for the Rights of LGBT Employees

Mark your calendars for December 8, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT (2:00 p.m. ET/12:00 MT)! Julie Wilensky, the Director of CREEC’s new California office, will be co-presenting a webinar entitled “Advocating For The Rights Of LGBT Employees” via the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) website. The 90-minute presentation will cover topics such as the current state of LGBT rights in the workplace, recent developments in Title VII law, pension and health benefit issues, and issues relating to transgender health care exclusions. For more information about the program and to register in advance, head over to NELA’s website using this...

Big CREEC News: Bill Lann Lee and Julie Wilensky open CREEC’s California Office

We are very excited to announce that we are opening a CALIFORNIA OFFICE and that we will by joined by the amazing and talented Bill Lann Lee and Julie Wilensky. Bill was the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights from 1997–2001 and earlier in his career, was an attorney with the NAACP LDF. Most recently, Bill was a shareholder at Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, PC in Oakland. Bill has extensive experience in employment discrimination, disability access, and other civil rights class actions, as well as other impact litigation and policy. For the last eleven years, he has been named by Superlawyers magazine as one of the Top 100 Northern California Lawyers and selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list. He has been recognized for his civil rights achievements with numerous awards. He graduated from Columbia Law School and Yale College. Bill joins us as Senior Counsel. Julie litigates disability access and other civil rights class actions, as well as employment and employee benefits cases on behalf of LGBT individuals. Previously, she was a shareholder at Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, PC. She also clerked for Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit and Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the EDNY. She was named by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40, and selected to the Superlawyers Northern California Rising Stars list in 2014 and 2015. Julie was also listed in San Francisco magazine’s Top Women Attorneys in Northern California. She graduated from Yale Law School and summa cum laude from Yale College. Julie joins us as Director of the California office. CREEC’s Co-Executive Directors Tim Fox and Amy Robertson and Staff Attorneys Sarah Morris and...
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