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DOJ To NC: House Bill 2 Violates Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 05 May 2016 05:32

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S. Department of Justice has told the state of North Carolina that House Bill 2 is discriminatory, violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A letter to Gov. Pat McCrory from Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta said the state is "engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against trangender state employees and both you, in your official capacity, and the State are engaging in a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of Title VII rights by transfender employees of public agencies."

Gov. McCrory's office issued the following statement.

“A claim by the Obama administration charges that one part of House Bill 2, which requires state employees in public government buildings and students in our universities to use a restroom, locker room and shower facility that match their biological sex, is now in violation of federal law. The Obama administration has not only staked out its position for North Carolina, but for all states, universities and most employers in the U.S.
“The right and expectation of privacy in one of the most private areas of our personal lives is now in jeopardy. We will be reviewing to determine the next steps.”

Malia Obama To Follow Her Father and Mother To Harvard PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 05:56

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A third Obama will attend Harvard University. This time it is President Obama's daughter, Malia.

This week the President and Mrs. Obama announced Malia will attend Harvard, starting one year from now. As a member of the Fall 2017 class, Malia would graduate in 2021. She turns 18 this summer.

Malia has attended the prestigious Sidwell Friends private school in Washington, D.C.

President Obama attended Harvard Law School from 1988-1991. First Lady Michelle Obama graduated from Harvard Law in 1988.

Veterans Groups Sue VA For Documents In Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Case PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 May 2016 05:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The legal case of water contamination at Camp Lejeune has taken another turn, this time with two veterans groups suing for documents related to experts used by the Veterans Administration.

The Military Times reports that Vietnam Veterans of America and The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten had previously made a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) but the agency has failed to produce documents.

The paper reports that nearly 1 million people could have been exposed to toxic chemicals in the water. The time period under scrutiny is 1953 to 1987.

The paper also reports that those seeking disability over the issue have their claims heard by an expert, and that the percentage of approved claims has diminished since that requirement was put in place.

Read the full story at militarytimes.com.

Forty-Three Honored With Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 May 2016 05:46

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - They saved the U.S. taxpayer $121 billion and for their efforts, forty-three career federal employees have been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Rank award for 2015.

James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, keynoted the awards banquet held last week.

A list of the winners, by agency, can be found at opm.gov.

According to the website, two types of awards are handed out.

** Distinguished Rank Recipients

These individuals are recognized for sustained extraordinary accomplishment, and receive a cash award of 35 percent of their base salary. Only one percent of the career SES or SL/ST may receive this rank.

** Meritorious Rank Recipients

These individuals are recognized for sustained accomplishment, and receive a cash award of 20 percent of their base salary. No more than five percent of career SES or SL/ST members may receive this award.


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