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Harris wants to fine companies that pay men more than women

May. 20, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is unveiling a pay inequity proposal that aims to close the gender pay gap by holding corporations accountable when men are paid more than women. Harris' plan would require companies to disclose pay policies while applying for a mandatory...

Westboro Baptist protests Morehouse over transgender policy

May. 20, 2019 3:39 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Westboro Baptist Church protested outside of the country's only all-male historically black college over the school's new admission policy that accepts transgender men. WXIA-TV reports the demonstrators from the Kansas-based church appeared outside Morehouse College in Atlanta on Sunday...

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education

May. 18, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to suspend taxpayer funding of new charter schools and ban those that are for-profit as part of his plan to overhaul public education that he released on Saturday. Saying charter schools are "exacerbating educational segregation,"...

Jury awards $3M to black strippers in discrimination case

May. 18, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi jury has awarded a total of more than $3 million to five African American strippers after a federal judge found the women worked under worse conditions than their white colleagues. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate ruled in the discrimination case last year. After a...

Judge refuses to toss suit over Pepe the Frog poster sales

May. 17, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

A federal judge will let a jury decide whether conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars website had a legal right to sell a poster featuring the image of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that became hijacked by far-right extremists. U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald refused Thursday to throw out a...

Shuttle bus driver sues NHL's Senators in harassment case

May. 17, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager and the NHL hockey team were sued for negligence on Friday over allegations he harassed a hotel shuttle bus driver last year in Buffalo. Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit along with Randy Lee and the Senators is a bar and grill...

Ohio man sues white supremacists over 2017 Virginia rally

May. 17, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

An Ohio man has is suing white supremacists and neo-Nazi protesters in federal court, saying he was severely injured during their rally in Virginia two years ago. Bill Burke of Athens, Ohio, filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Ohio. He says he was struck by the car driven by James Alex Fields Jr.,...

Teacher says she was fired over breaks to pump breast milk

May. 17, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Falmouth elementary school teacher contends the school district declined to renew her contract because she took three breaks a day to pump breast milk for her baby. Thirty-three-year-old Shana Swenson, of Portland, sued last week in federal court, claiming discrimination on...

Prison health care provider resolves disabilities lawsuit

May. 17, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Two companies that provide health care in jails and prisons across the United States have agreed to pay $950,000 to resolve a lawsuit that alleged it discriminated against employees with disabilities by failing to accommodate them, requiring them to be fully healed before they can return to...

House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

May. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications,...