Latest Discrimination News

New bill aims to outlaw caste discrimination in California

Mar. 22, 2023 18:38 PM EDT

California may become the first state in the nation to outlaw caste-based bias, a safeguard people of South Asian descent say is necessary to protect them from discrimination in housing, education and the tech sector where they hold key roles. State Sen. Aisha Wahab, the first Muslim...

UN commission calls for closing the gender digital divide

Mar. 18, 2023 20:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s premiere global body fighting for gender equality on Saturday called for wide-ranging efforts to close the gap between men and women in today’s technology-driven world and urged zero tolerance for gender-based violence and harassment online. In...

Detective files discrimination claim against Seattle police

Mar. 17, 2023 21:16 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Black woman who has worked for decades as a Seattle police officer filed a $10 million claim with the city against its Police Department on Friday, alleging racial and gender discrimination. Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin says in the claim that she has...

Michigan adds LGBTQ protections to anti-discrimination law

Mar. 16, 2023 17:50 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Thursday codifying LGBTQ protections into the state's civil rights law, permanently outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the state. The legislation follows a state...

What's the next step for Black reparations in San Francisco?

Mar. 16, 2023 08:56 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors have backed the idea of paying reparations to Black people, but whether members will agree to lump-sum payments of $5 million to every eligible person or to any of the more than 100 other recommendations made by an advisory committee won't be known...

Iowa athletics department to cover full race bias settlement

Mar. 09, 2023 16:47 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A race discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Iowa by former football players will be settled using funds entirely from the school instead of having taxpayer money cover half of the $4.2 million deal, the university's president said Thursday. ...

Berlin to let everyone go topless at public swimming pools

Mar. 09, 2023 11:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Women in Berlin will soon be allowed to go topless at the city's public swimming pools, like men, the Berlin state government said Thursday. The new bathing rules allowing everyone to go swimming without covering their torsos followed a discrimination complaint by a...

McClellan becomes 1st Black woman for Virginia in Congress

Mar. 07, 2023 19:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Jennifer McClellan, holding the receipt for a poll tax her father once had to pay tucked into the pages of a family Bible, was sworn into the U.S. House on Tuesday, becoming the first Black woman to represent Virginia in Congress. House Speaker Kevin...

Lawyer: Black Iowa football players at risk under Ferentz

Mar. 07, 2023 19:06 PM EST

The attorney representing a dozen former Iowa football players who settled their racial discrimination lawsuit with the university's athletic department for over $4 million — half of which is coming from taxpayer funds — said Tuesday that Black Hawkeyes players will continue to be at risk of...

Groups accuse Alabama of discrimination in wastewater funds

Mar. 06, 2023 20:19 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Environmental organizations filed a civil rights complaint against Alabama on Monday, accusing the state of discriminating against minority communities in how it distributes funding for wastewater infrastructure, including money for families who need help dealing with raw...