From the beginning, ADL recognized the importance of addressing not only the defamation of the Jewish people, but simultaneously understood the importance of securing "justice and fair treatment to all..."
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, and those perceived to be, have long faced discrimination in the workplace. Anti-LGBT bias affects decisions regarding hiring, compensation, terms of employment, and termination of employment. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ held a hearing to examine the discrimination faced by LGBT workers.
ADL submitted a statement for the record to provide the views of the League on this very important issue. In particular, ADL highlighted not only the importance of inclusive anti-discrimination laws and policies, but emphasized the importance of preventing discrimination in the name of religious freedom.
Arkansas' and Indiana’s passage of discriminatory “religious freedom” laws was met with national backlash from civil rights groups, the business community, and others. Under intense public pressure, both state legislatures made “fixes” to these laws, which their respective Governors promptly signed. But these revisions are illusory and do little to mitigate the harms of these laws.
Read about ADL's work in the courts from this past term.
Amicus curiae, literally "friend of the court," briefs have proven to be one of the most effective means of achieving ADL's goal of "securing justice and fair treatment to all..." Such briefs are filed by groups who are not parties to a particular dispute but nevertheless have a stake in its outcome.
As a civil rights organization with a stake in many different types of litigation, ADL has filed amicus briefs in cases involving issues that range from the separation of church and state to racial discrimination to marriage equality.