Tag: Kathy Martinez

Expanding the Definition of Workplace Flexibility

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Expanding the Definition of Workplace Flexibility

At one point in my life, I was an employee, college student and mother to a very young son. What made it all work was flexibility, especially on the part of my employer. (As I recall, my son was less flexible, but I suppose that’s par for the course with a toddler.) Of course, I […]

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Disability Rights are Civil Rights

Filed in Disabilities, DOL, Workplace Rights by on July 30, 2014 8 Comments
Disability Rights are Civil Rights

Earlier this month, we as a nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Just minutes before putting pen to paper on that historic day, President Lyndon B. Johnson went on television to address the nation, articulating the law’s fundamental purpose: to create a better, more inclusive society […]

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Coming to Work Fully

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Coming to Work Fully

I love coming to work each day. Why? Because I’m able to do so fully. What do I mean by that? I mean that my employer encourages employees to bring their “whole selves” to the job. This makes the department a great place to work, because of course none of us has just one side; […]

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Employment First: A Key Component in Community Inclusion

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on June 25, 2014 2 Comments
Employment First: A Key Component in Community Inclusion

This past weekend marked the 15th anniversary of a landmark event in disability rights history — the Supreme Court’s ruling in Olmstead v. L.C., commonly referred to as the “Olmstead decision.” This decision set the stage for one of the most revolutionary chapters in our nation’s civil rights movement: With that case, our nation’s highest […]

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Expect. Employ. Empower.

Expect. Employ. Empower.

As assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, I am often asked about the key to advancing disability employment. Is it accessible technology? Better transportation systems? Accommodations? Stronger enforcement of the law? Benefits reform? And my answer is always yes. And no. Those things are all vital, but each is one part of a […]

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Fostering a Culture of Inclusion

Filed in Disabilities, Workplace Rights by on May 7, 2014 1 Comment
Fostering a Culture of Inclusion

Every day across the nation, and in fact the world, people with disabilities add significant value to America’s federal contractor workforce. Just one example is Helen Chang, a Web developer with a multi-national technology services corporation. Helen, who is blind, works for the company’s defense division, which develops custom websites and online systems for the […]

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Meeting the Demands of an Expanding Health Care Workforce

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on April 15, 2014 0 Comments
Meeting the Demands of an Expanding Health Care Workforce

If you’ve ever seen the “Because” public service announcement from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, you’ve seen Kayla Woolridge swim. While filming the PSA, Kayla, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, got to chatting with my staff about her career goals. Although still a few years out from college, Kayla has been thinking […]

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Celebrating Women with Disabilities: An Interview with Kathleen Martinez

Celebrating Women with Disabilities: An Interview with Kathleen Martinez

Editor’s note: Although Women’s History Month is behind us, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network continues to celebrate the history of women with disabilities and their incredible contributions to the worlds of sport, art, culture and work. Recently, EARN staff interviewed Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathleen Martinez on this topic. The following […]

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Civil Rights in America: We Rise Together

Filed in Disabilities by on February 19, 2014 3 Comments
Civil Rights in America: We Rise Together

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this year’s Black History Month theme is “Civil Rights in America.” This theme has special resonance to us in the Office of Disability Employment Policy, because it’s central to what we do: advance America’s fundamental promise of equal opportunity […]

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A Powerful Message for Youth With Disabilities

Filed in Disabilities by on February 1, 2014 0 Comments
A Powerful Message for Youth With Disabilities

On Sunday, people across the country will take part in an American tradition: watching the Super Bowl on television. This year, one player in particular has captured my interest: the Seattle Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman, a person with a disability who demonstrates, in a big way, that it’s what people can do that matters. He’s a […]

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