Friday, January 09, 2015

Today On The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - In The Human Rights Campaign's most recent Corporate Equality Index, Saks Fifth Avenue received a score of 90, but attorneys for a former employee who's suing the department store chain say it isn't living up to that score.  Leyth O. Jamal, a transgender woman and former sales associate for Saks Fifth Avenue at Houston's Galleria mall, has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging wrongful termination based on sex in violation of Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, creating a hostile work environment, retaliation and breach of contract.  However attorneys for Saks allege that Leyth isn't protected against discrimination under Title VII and argue that Saks isn't bound by the nondiscrimination policy in its employee handbook, which includes gender identity.  Joining us today to discuss this case is Dr. Jillian T. Weiss, Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey & co-counsel for Leyth O. Jamal who is suing Saks Fifth Avenue.  You can also follow Jillian on twitter and her blog at The Bilerico Project..

5:05pm ET - In recent years more and more people are choosing to forgo going to members of the clergy and are instead being married by judges, justices of the peace, or just friends who get officiating privileges from the state.  But as marriage equality becomes the law in more states, some clergy members who are opposed to equality are discovering that being officers of the state puts them in an awkward position.  Joining us today to discuss the “The Marriage Pledge” which commits conservative clergy members to not sign “government-provided marriage certificates” is Mark Oppenheimer who writes a biweekly column about religion for The New York Times in which he wrote all about this new trend.  You can also follow Mark on twitter.

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