Saturday, January 15, 2005

GOP seeks exemption to bias law

GOP seeks exemption to bias law
By Rick Klein
Globe Staff  |  January 15, 2005
WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders want to exempt members of Congress from laws against discrimination that apply to private employers, despite the Republicans' Contract With America pledge that ''all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply equally to the Congress" and a decade-old law that placed Congress under antidiscrimination statutes.
Last week, in response to a discrimination lawsuit filed against a Democratic House member, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, majority leader Tom DeLay, and majority whip Roy Blunt submitted a ''friend of the court" brief on behalf of the House, saying members of Congress should be shielded from discrimination suits....