Latest Discrimination News

Appeals court hears Christian homeless shelter's challenge to Washington anti-discrimination law

Jul. 19, 2024 20:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers for a Christian homeless shelter were in a federal appeals court Friday to challenge a Washington state anti-discrimination law that would require the charity to hire LGBTQ+ people and others who do not share its religious beliefs, including those on sexuality and...

Too old to work? Some Americans on the job late in life bristle at calls for Biden to step aside

Jul. 19, 2024 16:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A swath of Americans watching President Joe Biden is seeing something beyond debate-stage stumbles and prime-time miscues: Themselves. Debate about the 81-year-old Democrat’s fitness for another term is especially resonating with other older Americans who, like...

Maryland announces civil lawsuit in case involving demands of sex for rent

Jul. 19, 2024 15:56 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's attorney general filed a civil lawsuit on Friday against an Eastern Shore landlord and his company, alleging a pattern of gender-based housing discrimination involving sexual harassment and demands to exchange sex for rent. The lawsuit, which was...

Treasury warns that anti-woke banking laws like Florida's are a national security risk

Jul. 19, 2024 09:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department is warning that state laws that restrict banks from considering environmental, social and governance factors could harm efforts to address money laundering and terrorism financing. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter sent...

Court says Jim Crow-era felony voting ban in Mississippi can be altered by lawmakers, not judges

Jul. 18, 2024 13:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators, not the courts, must decide whether to change the state's practice of stripping voting rights from people convicted of certain felonies, including nonviolent crimes such as forgery and timber theft, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. ...

In landmark verdict, South Korea's top court recognizes some rights for same-sex couples

Jul. 18, 2024 07:27 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s top court ruled Thursday that same-sex couples are eligible to receive the same health insurance benefits as heterosexual couples, a landmark verdict hailed by human rights groups. The Supreme Court said it ruled that the state health...

Home Elusive Home: Low-income Lincoln renters often turned away

Jul. 17, 2024 13:55 PM EDT

After six months spent homeless in Lincoln, couchsurfing and staying in cheap hotel rooms with her kids, Elizabeth Ramirez got what seemed like a lifeline: A Section 8 housing choice voucher to help pay rent. But then she started calling landlords. The first one turned her down, then...

Spanish court gives online racial abuser of soccer star Vinícius 8-month suspended sentence

Jul. 17, 2024 13:00 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid said Wednesday that a Spanish court has given a suspended eight-month prison sentence to a person who racially insulted soccer stars Vinícius Júnior and Antonio Rudiger in the comments section of a popular Spanish sports news website. The club said that...

An order blocking a rule to help LGBTQ+ kids applies to hundreds of schools. Some want to block more

Jul. 16, 2024 16:50 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge's order blocking a Biden administration rule for protecting LGBTQ+ students from discrimination applies to hundreds of schools and colleges across the U.S., and a group challenging it hopes to extend it further to many major American cities. U.S....

New York county's latest trans athlete ban draws lawsuits from attorney general, civil rights group

Jul. 15, 2024 16:06 PM EDT

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The New York attorney general and the New York Civil Liberties Union on Monday sued a county on Long Island over its latest move to ban transgender females from playing on women's sports teams at county facilities. The separate lawsuits came on the same day...