24 Veterans Get Long-Overdue Medals of Honor

Melvin Morris vividly remembers the day in September 1969 when he became a war hero in the eyes of others. Morris was a young Green Beret staff sergeant in South Vietnam. After his master sergeant was killed in a jungle ambush in the vicinity of Chi Lang, Morris, serving as the commander of a Special Forces strike force, went back into the line of fire three times to recover the body and a map case – and was wounded three …

Mildred Loving: She Blazed a Trail for Marriage Equality

In 1964, Mildred Loving wrote a letter to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy that she couldn’t have realized at the time would launch a campaign for marriage equality that continues 50 years later. In her letter, Loving asked Kennedy if the Civil Rights Act of 1964 might be the vehicle that allow her and her husband to return to their home state of Virginia, from which they had been banished for the “crime” of being married. Slide show: 10 women …

More Help On The Way for Long-Term Unemployed

More than 300 companies, including  Apple, Walmart, Boeing and eBay, have pledged to help the long-term unemployed find jobs under a new initiative announced by President Barack Obama  today. CEOs of these companies have agreed to review their recruiting practices to make sure they aren’t unfairly screening out those who have been out of work for many months. The commitment comes from more than 80 of the nation’s largest businesses and hundreds of others, including Bank of America, KPMG LLP and …

Can You Be Blocked From Jury Duty if You’re Gay?

Imagine that you’re called for jury duty. Maybe you’re excited – you’ve always wanted to see the justice system from inside. Maybe you’re bummed out – you’ve already been through this routine more times than you can remember. Whatever you feel, you’re likely to trust in a system that is supposed to be fair to all – including prospective jurors. And because you’re over 50 years old, you’re more likely to be selected for a jury than others in the …

Extended Jobless Benefits Clear Hurdle in Senate

When it comes to unemployment, older Americans face a double whammy. Many face age discrimination. (About a third say that they – or someone they know – were recently discriminated against because of their age.) On top of that, employers also discriminate against job applicants who have been out of work the longest, according to Deborah Chalfie, AARP senior legislative representative for financial security. Of the unemployed, people 55 or older were out of work an average of 51 weeks, …

EEOC Making Do With Less

2013 was a rough year for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. First there was the sequester, which cut the agency’s budget by 5 percent and forced the agency to furlough employees for up to 40 hours. Then there was the 16-day government shutdown, during which only 5 percent of the EEOC’s employees were allowed to work, making it impossible for its lawyers there to review claims, litigate them or mediate them. Even so, the EEOC recovered more money for victims …