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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | site |



    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says its Office for Civil Rights to Enforce Prohibitions on Sex Discrimination in Line with Supreme Court Decision


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington D.C. - - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include: (1) discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in covered health programs or activiti...
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  • HUD to enforce Fair Housing Act to prohibit Discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to enforce Fair Housing Act to prohibit Discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | site |




    HUD directive begins implementation of the policy set forth in Biden executive order to prevent and combat sexual orientation and gender identity-based discrimination


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: February 11, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it will administer and enforce the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) issued a memorandum stating that HUD interprets the Fair Housing Act to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and directing HUD offices...
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  • HHS OCR Publishes Proposed Rule Protecting Infants Born Alive from Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

    HHS Office for Civil Rights Publishes Proposed Rule Protecting Infants Born Alive from Discrimination on the Basis of Disability | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a proposed rule promoting the fundamental human dignity of individuals with disabilities in the nation’s health care system and protecting the rights of parents seeking treatment for infants with disabilities. The proposed rule, “Special Responsibilities of Medicare Hospitals in Emergency Cases and Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Critical Health and Human Service Programs or Activities,” updates and clarifies existing Departmental regulations to conform with statutory protections against disability discrimination, and establishes that HHS’ regulations:
    • Protect patients, including infants
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  • OCR Provides Technical Assistance to Ensure Crisis Standards of Care Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination

    OCR Provides Technical Assistance to Ensure Crisis Standards of Care Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing it has worked collaboratively with the State of North Carolina, the North Texas Mass Critical Care Guidelines Task Force, the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, and the Indian Health Service to revise each entity’s crisis standards of care ("CSC") guidelines to reflect best practices for serving individuals with disabilities and the elderly. This builds on OCR's prior work regarding discrimination concerns during COVID-19. OCR enforces a number of federal antidiscrimination laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, th...
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  • OCR Resolves Religious Discrimination Complaints, Patients Can Receive Safe Religious Visitations During COVID-19

    Office for Civil Rights Resolves Religious Discrimination Complaints after Maryland and Virginia Hospitals Ensure Patients Can Receive Safe Religious Visitations During COVID-19 | site |



    (October 20, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published today, October 20, 2020, the following information: Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the resolution of two religious discrimination complaints ensuring clergy access to patients for religious purposes during the COVID-19 pandemic, one involving MedStar’s Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC) that is part of the MedStar Health System, and the second one involving Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) in Virginia. In the first matter, in July 2020, OCR’s Conscience and Religious Freedom Division (CRFD) received a complaint from a mother alleging that after giving birth alone at MSMHC, she was separated from her newb...
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  • HUD Secretary Investigates Alleged Religious Discrimination in Senior Housing Complexes

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Investigates Alleged Religious Discrimination in Senior Housing Complexes | site |


    Bibles Allegedly Removed from Resident Library and Common Areas


    (October 9, 2020) - - Today, October 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced last night he has initiated a Complaint against the owner and manager of senior apartments in Oklahoma for violating the Fair Housing Act by removing Bibles and Christian reading material from the common areas. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing and in housing-related services based on religion and other protected characteristics. “Religious liberty is at the core of our Nation’s identity and will be upheld under the Fair Housing Act,” said Secretary Carson. “Barring religious m...
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  • Department of Housing and Urban Development Charges Minnesota Real-Estate Agent and Homeowners with Discrimination for not Renting to a Family due to their Race, National Origin and Minor Children

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Charges Minnesota Real-Estate Agent and Homeowners with Discrimination for Refusing to Rent to a Family due to their Race, National Origin and Minor Children






    Washington, DC - - (August 17, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has charged the owners of a house in Beltrami County, Minnesota, and their real-estate agent, with discrimination for refusing to rent the house to a family because of race, national origin and their minor children. Read the charge . The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in housing because of the applicants’ race, national origin and familial status (the presence of children under 18). “Denying housing to a family because of their race and national origin and because they have children not only robs them of a place to call...
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  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Reaches Agreements with Housing Providers in California, Idaho and Hawaii Settling Claims of Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Reaches Agreements with Housing Providers in California, Idaho and Hawaii Settling Claims of Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities



    Washington, DC - - (July 27, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has approved settlement agreements with housing providers in California and Idaho resolving allegations that they denied the reasonable accommodation requests of residents with disabilities who needed assistance animals or a first-floor apartment.

    In addition, HUD approved a Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) resolving findings which indicated that Hawaii Public Housing Authority failed to provide enough accessible units for residents with disabilities. Read the agreement. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in the sale, rental, and financing o
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | site |



    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says its Office for Civil Rights to Enforce Prohibitions on Sex Discrimination in Line with Supreme Court Decision


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington D.C. - - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include: (1) discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in covered health programs or activiti...
    05-10-2021, 10:53 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HUD to enforce Fair Housing Act to prohibit Discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to enforce Fair Housing Act to prohibit Discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | site |




    HUD directive begins implementation of the policy set forth in Biden executive order to prevent and combat sexual orientation and gender identity-based discrimination


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: February 11, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it will administer and enforce the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) issued a memorandum stating that HUD interprets the Fair Housing Act to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and directing HUD offices...
    02-11-2021, 07:19 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HHS OCR Publishes Proposed Rule Protecting Infants Born Alive from Discrimination on the Basis of Disability
    by Staff Reporter 1
    HHS Office for Civil Rights Publishes Proposed Rule Protecting Infants Born Alive from Discrimination on the Basis of Disability | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a proposed rule promoting the fundamental human dignity of individuals with disabilities in the nation’s health care system and protecting the rights of parents seeking treatment for infants with disabilities. The proposed rule, “Special Responsibilities of Medicare Hospitals in Emergency Cases and Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Critical Health and Human Service Programs or Activities,” updates and clarifies existing Departmental regulations to conform with statutory protections against disability discrimination, and establishes that HHS’ regulations:
    • Protect patients, including infants
    ...
    01-19-2021, 09:14 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    OCR Provides Technical Assistance to Ensure Crisis Standards of Care Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination
    by Staff Reporter 1
    OCR Provides Technical Assistance to Ensure Crisis Standards of Care Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing it has worked collaboratively with the State of North Carolina, the North Texas Mass Critical Care Guidelines Task Force, the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, and the Indian Health Service to revise each entity’s crisis standards of care ("CSC") guidelines to reflect best practices for serving individuals with disabilities and the elderly. This builds on OCR's prior work regarding discrimination concerns during COVID-19. OCR enforces a number of federal antidiscrimination laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, th...
    01-15-2021, 10:57 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    OCR Resolves Religious Discrimination Complaints, Patients Can Receive Safe Religious Visitations During COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Office for Civil Rights Resolves Religious Discrimination Complaints after Maryland and Virginia Hospitals Ensure Patients Can Receive Safe Religious Visitations During COVID-19 | site |



    (October 20, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published today, October 20, 2020, the following information: Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the resolution of two religious discrimination complaints ensuring clergy access to patients for religious purposes during the COVID-19 pandemic, one involving MedStar’s Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC) that is part of the MedStar Health System, and the second one involving Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) in Virginia. In the first matter, in July 2020, OCR’s Conscience and Religious Freedom Division (CRFD) received a complaint from a mother alleging that after giving birth alone at MSMHC, she was separated from her newb...
    10-25-2020, 02:38 AM

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