Taylor Swift asks Tennessee senator to support Equality Act

Politics 06/01/19, 11:08

Taylor Swift says she's kicking off Pride Month by asking Tennessee's Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to protect LGBTQ rights and support the Equality Act. The pop star, who lives in Tennessee, posted a letter on social media early Saturday that she supported the House's recent passage of the Equality Act, ...

Texas bus company settles worker-bias charges

Texas 05/29/19, 19:17

Settlement with El Expreso Bus Co. of Houston is sixth under DOJ's Protecting US Workers Initiative, which investigates and penalizes employers that discriminate against qualified US employees in favor of foreign guest workers

Federal govt aims to roll back transgender health protection

Politics 05/24/19, 09:44

The Trump administration proposed Friday to roll back Obama-era discrimination protections for transgender people in health care. The Health and Human Services Department released a proposed regulation that in effect says "gender identity" is not protected under federal laws that prohibit discrimination in health care. It is part of a backdrop of ...

Older Americans more likely to cite workplace discrimination

U.S. 05/23/19, 10:03

Are older workers being discriminated against on the job? The answer appears to depend on the age of the person asked.About half of Americans think there's age discrimination in the workplace, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.But there's a split by age. The ...

Harris wants to fine companies that pay men more than women

2022 Campaign 05/20/19, 05:03

Presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is unveiling a pay equity proposal that aims to close the gender pay gap by holding corporations accountable when men are paid more than women. Harris's plan would require companies to disclose pay policies while applying for a mandatory Equal Pay Certification from the Equal Employment ...

A separate war: Pioneering black Marines endured, prevailed

U.S. 05/17/19, 00:11

It was the dress blue uniforms that drew John Thompson to join the U.S. Marines, where black men were not welcome, so he could defend a country that denied him the rights he wanted to fight for."I said, 'Wow, that's a real pretty uniform,'" recalls Thompson, now 94.It took President ...

NC ‘bathroom bill’ sponsor wins GOP redo of tainted election

U.S. 05/15/19, 06:50

North Carolina's most infamous political story lines of recent years are merging into a congressional race this summer that pits the architect of the state's "bathroom bill" against a Democrat who was granted an electoral do-over after evidence of ballot fraud tainted his prior opponent's campaign. State Sen. Dan Bishop topped ...

Update: Bishop wins GOP primary in NC special election

U.S. 05/14/19, 19:58

The Latest on a Republican primary election for a still-vacant North Carolina congressional seat (all times local):8:50 p.m.Republicans in North Carolina have chosen state Sen. Dan Bishop as their party's nominee in a special congressional election ordered after a ballot fraud scandal marred last year's race.Voters on Tuesday selected Bishop ...

French soccer looking to stop homophobia in stadiums

Sports 05/13/19, 06:51

The French soccer league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums, a system that will pave the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans.Often heard at French league matches, homophobic chants have been tolerated for a long time by many club officials, and soccer authorities ...

South Africa chief vows to purge ANC of ‘deviant tendencies’

World 05/12/19, 10:37

South Africa's president is vowing to purge his party of "bad and deviant tendencies" as he prepares to appoint a new Cabinet following a victory in national elections.The 57% share of the vote was the worst-ever election showing for the African National Congress, which has ruled since the apartheid system ...

South Africa starts voting amid corruption, unemployment

World 05/08/19, 00:12

South Africans have started voting in presidential and parliamentary elections amid issues of corruption and unemployment.Wednesday's vote comes 25 years after the end of apartheid, but despite the demise of the system of racial discrimination the country remains divided by economic inequality .The party of Nelson Mandela that has been ...

South Africa to vote amid graft scandals, high unemployment

World 05/07/19, 11:05

A quarter-century after the end of apartheid, South Africans go to the polls Wednesday for the sixth national elections since the demise of the harsh system of racial discrimination, although the country remains divided by economic inequality .The African National Congress, the party of Nelson Mandela that has been in ...

US Soccer files response to lawsuit filed by women’s team

Sports 05/06/19, 23:26

The U.S. Soccer Federation has formally denied allegations of gender discrimination made by players of the U.S. women's national team.Twenty-eight members of the current women's player pool filed the lawsuit March 8 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil ...

South Africa’s Nobel winner Archbishop Tutu votes early

World 05/06/19, 08:48

South Africa's Nobel-prize-winning anti-apartheid crusader retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu cast his ballot Monday for the upcoming elections.Tutu, 87, is in fragile health and took part in South Africa's special voting for the elderly and infirm where electoral officials go to their homes or care facilities before the actual voting ...

Longest-running housing discrimination case outlives judge

U.S. 05/05/19, 08:44

A federal judge who worked until his recent death at age 96 left a historic trail of groundbreaking legal opinions. But one case outlived Damon Keith: the longest-running housing discrimination lawsuit in the United States. Keith declared in 1971 that Hamtramck, a tiny Detroit-area city long known for Polish culture, had ...

explains: the ruling against Olympian Caster Semenya

Sports 05/01/19, 15:20

In one of the most ethically and scientifically challenging cases in modern sports law, two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya lost her appeal of a rule that requires women to medically reduce their natural levels of testosterone in order to compete in certain track events.Here is a look at the case that ...

UN chief demands that the world step up to stamp out hatred

U.S. 04/29/19, 12:11

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is demanding that the world "step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, persecution of Christians and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and incitement."The U.N. chief says that beyond the recent murders of worshippers "there is loathsome rhetoric" aimed not only at religious groups ...

Afghan women fear gains could be bargained away in talks

World 04/28/19, 06:30

Afghan women are demanding a strong voice in peace talks between the government and the Taliban but are so far meeting resistance.Women's rights activists fear that both sides will bargain away their gains.In the 18 years since the fall of the Taliban, women have made important advances but still live ...

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