discrimination

Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government

In the wake of the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the National League of Cities (NLC) created the Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) initiative to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions, and build more equitable communities. REAL offers tools and resources designed to help local elected leaders build safe places where people from all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds thrive socially, economically, academically, and physically.

The Academy of Good Governance: Preventing Discrimination, Retaliation and Workplace Hostility in the Public Sector: The Essential Role of Good Governance

Preventing Discrimination, Retaliation and Workplace Hostility in the Public Sector: The Essential Role of Good Governance

Laws and employee expectations continue to evolve and expand regarding individual rights in the workplace.  Legal conflicts arise when treatment is perceived as falling short of expectations.  The key to avoiding the many costs and impacts of litigation is awareness, commitment and follow-through on basic notions of respect and fairness. Governing boards are uniquely positioned to establish the right policy, lead by example and set the tone.

New Hampshire Supreme Court Holds that All Employees Face Individual Liability for Workplace Harassment

The New Hampshire Supreme Court’s recent decision in E.E.O.C. v. Fred Fuller Oil Co. could have significant implications for public employers, as elected officials and governmental employees can now be held personally liable for aspects of workplace discrimination and harassment. 

Legal Background

Fair Housing in New Hampshire

Forty-five years ago, at the height of the civil rights movement and in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Congress passed the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”). It was the final piece of modern civil rights laws begun with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which was promulgated to address and suppress racial discrimination against Americans of African descent. The FHA initially prohibited discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion.