Economic Inequality

Employing transgender people

Among other events late August saw the convening of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of commerce in Palm Springs, CA. Among the presentations was a 75-minute discussion about transgender inclusivity in the workplace. Conducted by Beck Bailey of the Human Rights Campaign and Chris Crespo of Ernst & Young, the discussion outlined best practices for companies and coworkers in order to foster an inclusive environment.

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Donald Trump and the Law of Unintended Consequences

It is going to be tempting to many on the left side of politics in the United States to see the Clinton / Trump contest as a put-up, a conspiracy to get a weak candidate of the Corporate Party elected based on how incredibly ... yes, seemingly implausibly bad ... the other candidate from the other Corporate Party seems to be.

But I don't see it that way. To me, this is the Law of Unintended Consequences of craven political games hitting us big time.

What I mean by that, under the fold.

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The Inside-Out Strategy and the 2016 General Election

The Democratic party is one of the two alternative governing parties for a corporate commercial republic, which in the 80s bit the bullet and built and invited in membership for a corporate wing in order to continue to be allowed to compete to be the party of government.

They will go as low as they think they have to go to win office, and not go any higher than they think they have to go.

Indeed, I am guessing that this is why Senator Bernie Sanders did not flip his lid when the DNC leaks revealed how egregiously the DNC broke its own rules. As a long time independent, none of this seems like it would have been a surprise to him. I am thinking this baked in bias of the Democratic party establishment against progressive politics and progressive politicians was already baked into his response to falling short of a majority of pledged delegates in this repeatedly rigged and distorted series of primary contests.

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Bernie or B... wait, what? Or? It's Build, Bernie, Build.

Luckily, Jet Lag in my summer vacation return to the US from China prevented me from being awake during the Republican National Convention, so like most of American political events while I am in China, I followed political events last week through the ripples they sent through my Twitter and Facebook feeds.

But the tyranny of the sun slowly but inexorably resetting my internal clock left me weary but not sleeping for much of the Monday "progressive" show at the DNC. Including, of course the lovely "America" ad from the Bernie Sanders campaign.

I've got some thoughts, and most of them simply will not fit into 140 characters. So I'm going to thinking them, out loud, below the fold.

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Nearly half of employers discriminate against transgender job seekers

The National LGBTQ Task Force and the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights released a resource guide this week to help fight workplace discrimination against transgendered and gender non-conforming people.

It is one of many issues that we concentrate on this week and it is an ongoing issue in general.

--Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan, Trans/Gender Nonconforming Justice Project

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KFC fires manager for discriminating against transgender worker

 photo KFC_zpsj6mvldru.jpgTransgender fast food worker Georgia Carter was hied by a Richmond, Virginia, KFC and fired about an hour later upon discovery that she was trans.

He was like you have got the job. I am going to start you out at $7.50 an hour. It is yours. We are going start you training on the computer tomorrow. It was like 11 to four (o clock).

--Carter

She went home happy, but received a phone call shortly afterward.

He was like my supervisor, and I have a problem because on your license it says male but you’re … I said I’m transgender.

Oh, we can’t hire you because we don’t know which bathroom you can use.

--Carter

In a statement to Eater, KFC chief people officer John Kurnick relayed news of that manager's termination following an internal Yum! Brands inquiry. KFC's franchisee policy bars discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, Kurnick said.

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Defining by example: Political Powerlessness

Researchers at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law published a new study in the December issue of the SAGE Journal Research and Politics. The study, Transgender inclusion in state non-discrimination policies: The democratic deficit and political powerlessness, was written by Andrew R. Flores, Jody Herman, and Christy Mallory.

Transgender people—people whose gender identity or expression is different from their assigned sex at birth—and their allies advocate for the inclusion of gender identity or transgender in state non-discrimination policies. These policies generally proscribe discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Courts and administrative agencies have determined discrimination against transgender people is a violation of existing statutes, but there remain efforts by advocates to seek policies that explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of transgender status, which are often the result of legislation going through the political process. A pluralist understanding of the political process theorizes that a majority coalition of minorities can offer social groups policies they support. This rests on the presumption that a majority coalition of minorities should rule. Any indication to the contrary may suggest a democratic deficit, whereby more than a majority is necessary for policy introduction. We find that there is a substantial democratic deficit regarding the inclusion of gender identity or transgender in employment non-discrimination policies. On average, state support for the policy must be 81% in order for the state to have a policy reflecting such sentiment. This leaves substantial implications for the political powerlessness of transgender people in the political process.

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NO wins Greek Referendum in a Landslide

Catch up with the referendum analysis from Real World economics perspective at The European Tribune:

Greek referendum day open thread (and click back through for more #GreekCrisis Open Threads over this past week), Greece: The next step; introducing the Euriou, Grexit and Propaganda, The case for Austerity, and more.

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Yeah, I see that Hillary is running.

Evidently so is Rubio? And how do the Reds look this year, they got the pitching to go all the way?

I know that there is talk of a "Warren Wing" in the air, and there are various progressive money raising rings trying to talk Warren into running, to be able to hype her running and keep the money raising ring going.

A different perspective, below the fold.

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Boxing Day

Boxing Day.

On the day after Christmas...

  • In feudal times the lord of the manor would give boxes of practical goods such as cloth, grains, and tools to the serfs who lived on his land.
  • Many years ago on the day after Christmas servants would carry boxes to their employers when they arrived for their day's work. Their employers would then put coins in the boxes as special end-of-year gifts.
  • In churches, it was traditional to open the church's donation box on Christmas Day and distribute it to the poorer or lower class citizens on the next day.

Take your pick.

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