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Historic Proposal for Gay Victims of the Nazis as Part of Swiss Bank Litigation Proposal 08/07/2001

(NEW YORK, August 7, 2001) — An international coalition Thursday will announce a historic proposal asking a New York federal court to allocate some of a $1.25 billion settlement of the lawsuit against Switzerland’s two largest banks for a fund to recognize and address Nazi persecution of gay people.

Highly Skilled Georgia Worker Unlawfully Fired Because He Has HIV--Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit 05/20/2004

(Atlanta, Georgia, May 20, 2004) - Armed with a favorable Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision, Lambda Legal announced that it is filing a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a 45 year-old Georgia man after he was unlawfully fired from his job because he has HIV.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
High School Students Sue Salt Lake City School Board 03/19/1998

(SALT LAKE CITY, March 19, 1998) -- In a lawsuit filed Thursday by four civil rights organizations, a Utah student club called the East High Gay/Straight Alliance challenged discrimination against it by the Salt Lake City Board of Education.

Youth and Schools
High Court Upholds Funding for Student Groups at Public Universities 03/22/2000

(NEW YORK, March 22, 2000) — The unanimous United States Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday upholding funding systems commonly used by universities to support student activities protects free speech and the rights of all students at public universities, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which represents gay and other student groups involved in the case.

Fair Courts Project
High Court to Hear BSA Defense of Anti-Gay Policy 04/24/2000

On Wednesday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m. the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale.

Teens & Young Adults
High Court to Examine Funding for Student Groups at Public Universities 10/20/1999

(NEW YORK, October 20, 1999) -- On behalf of a besieged student group at the University of Wisconsin, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund warned that free speech at public universities nationwide is at risk in the student-fee case being heard next month by the United States Supreme Court.

High Court Rules that Schools Cannot Ignore Sexual Harassment Among Students 05/24/1999

(NEW YORK, May 24, 1999) -— The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that schools that willfully ignore sexual harassment of one student by another can be held liable for violating federal civil rights law. Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund praised the 5-4 decision, noting that abuse of lesbian and gay students often involves sexual harassment from their peers.

Teens & Young Adults
High Court Refuses Appeal by HIV+ Inmates Segregated in Alabama Prisons 01/18/2000

(NEW YORK, January 18, 2000) — Against the advice of national public health groups, the United States Supreme Court has declined to hear a case brought by HIV-positive inmates challenging their complete segregation by Alabama prison officials, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday.

High Court Deletes Citizens Remedy for Disability Discrimination 02/21/2001

(NEW YORK, February 21, 2001) — A Supreme Court ruling has stripped away individuals with disabilities’ primary means of recourse when states discriminate against them, a move that Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Wednesday demands that the federal government step up its role in enforcing states’ compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

HHS Releases Finalized Hospital Visitation Regs: Lambda Legal, NHeLP and GLMA say 'Good First Step' 11/17/2010

Lambda Legal, the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) applauded the announcement today by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of new rules governing the treatment that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and their families should receive in federally funded hospitals across the nation.

Health Care Fairness