Justice Thomas talks at court arguments, 1st time in 3 years

Politics 03/20/19, 11:56

The Supreme Court was about to adjourn for the day when the Georgia baritone politely inquired of the lawyer at the lectern. Justice Clarence Thomas, the court's only African-American member and lone Southerner, was breaking a three-year silence at high court arguments with a couple of questions in a case about ...

Justices take up racial bias in Mississippi jury selection

U.S. 03/20/19, 01:35

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over a Mississippi prosecutor's decision to keep African-Americans off a black death row inmate's jury in a murder trial. The appeal before the court Wednesday comes from inmate Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. Three convictions were tossed out, including ...

Facebook settles suits over ad-targeting discrimination

Tech 03/19/19, 13:08

Facebook is settling five lawsuits alleging that its advertising systems enabled discrimination in housing, credit and employment ads.That clears one big legal issue for the social network but leaves others, including government investigations in the U.S. and Europe over its data and privacy practices.Plaintiffs in the cases include the American ...

US Soccer president says women’s lawsuit a surprise

Soccer 03/15/19, 15:34

U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro says the governing body was surprised when women's national team players sued alleging gender discrimination.Cordeiro said in a statement Friday the USSF is reviewing suit. He has spoken with some of the players this week and said he hopes for continued conversation. He stressed ...

Sen. Birch Bayh, champion of Title IX federal law, dies

Sports 03/14/19, 12:19

When Birch Bayh pushed in the U.S. Senate for the landmark 1972 federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and athletics, women received fewer than 10 percent of all medical and law degrees and only one in 27 high school girls played sports.Now, women make up more than ...

Sen. Birch Bayh, author of Title IX law, dies at age 91

Sports 03/14/19, 09:04

Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who championed the federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at his home Thursday at age 91.Bayh was surrounded by family at his home in Easton, Maryland, when he died shortly after midnight from pneumonia, his family said in a ...

Williams, Duggan weigh in on US soccer discrimination suit

Soccer 03/10/19, 15:03

While Serena Williams admittedly doesn't follow soccer, the U.S. women's national team caught her attention with its lawsuit seeking equitable pay.The players accuse the U.S. Soccer Federation of "institutionalized gender discrimination" that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men's national team.At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, ...

Women’s national soccer team players sue for equal pay

Sports 03/08/19, 11:31

Players for the U.S. women's national soccer team have filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit seeking pay equal to that of their male counterparts.The action comes just three months before the team will defend its title at the Women's World Cup.The class-action lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in ...

Text of House Resolution on anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim bias

Politics 03/07/19, 14:51

Text of the proposed House resolution condemning bigotry: Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and ...

Pelosi: House to condemn ‘forms of hatred’ after Omar words

Politics 03/07/19, 14:42

The House pushed toward a vote Thursday on a newly unveiled resolution that condemns anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities "as hateful expressions of intolerance" as Democrats tried to move past an issue that has overtaken their congressional agenda. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would vote after freshman Rep. ...

Update: Sanders says much work to do for civil rights

2022 Campaign 03/04/19, 01:50

The Latest on Democratic presidential hopefuls at events commemorating the 54th anniversary of the civil rights march on Selma, Alabama, known as "Bloody Sunday" (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is recalling his start in the civil rights movement at the University of Chicago in the early 1960s, ...

Female soccer players in Colombia denounce discrimination

Soccer 02/19/19, 16:33

Two players for the Colombian women's national team are speaking out on social media about what they say are substandard conditions and discriminatory treatment by the federation.Isabella Echeverri and Melissa Ortiz say they hope to raise awareness in Colombia and improve the national team for future generations."We feel threatened. The ...

Students sue to open Yale fraternities to women

U.S. 02/12/19, 09:53

Three women who attend Yale University sued the school and nine all-male fraternities Tuesday, seeking to force the social organizations to admit women in response to alleged sexual assault, harassment and discrimination.The class-action lawsuit, filed in federal court in Connecticut, calls for a sweeping order banning fraternities from considering gender ...

New Hampshire’s highest court to rule on topless case

U.S. 02/08/19, 01:08

New Hampshire's highest court is set to rule on the case of three women arrested for going topless on a New Hampshire beach.Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro are part of the Free the Nipple campaign. They were arrested in 2016 after removing their tops at a beach in ...

MLB says no evidence to support allegations against Mariners

Baseball 02/06/19, 15:52

Major League Baseball's independent investigation found no credible evidence to support claims of disparaging comments and discriminatory treatment by members of the Seattle Mariners front office.MLB said in a statement Wednesday that the investigation found the Mariners did not violate baseball's "workplace code of conduct, or applicable anti-discrimination law," in ...

Judge dismisses ex-UConn coach Ollie’s complaint over firing

Sports 02/05/19, 13:13

Former University of Connecticut men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie has lost a bid to stop the school from unilaterally ending arbitration proceedings related to his firing if he files a racial discrimination complaint against UConn.Federal Judge Kari Dooley in Bridgeport on Monday approved a motion by UConn to reject Ollie's ...

Ex-UConn coach Ollie takes dispute to state, federal court

Basketball 01/25/19, 02:21

Former UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie has brought his $10 million dispute with the school over his firing to both state and federal court.A hearing is scheduled Friday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on a motion that would allow Ollie to move forward with a racial discrimination complaint ...

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