Latest Gender discrimination News

Is Siri sexist? UN cautions against biased voice assistants

May. 22, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Are the female voices behind Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa amplifying gender bias around the world? The United Nations thinks so. A report released Wednesday by the UN's culture and science organization raises concerns about what it describes as the "hardwired subservience" built into...

Harris' bill seeks to address racial bias in maternal care

May. 22, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is offering a new bill to address racial disparities in maternal health care, one of several plans by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on the issue. Harris' bill, first introduced in 2018, would create some $150 million in grant programs to medical schools...

Harris wants to fine companies that pay men more than women

May. 20, 2019 11:29 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...

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...

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...

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,...

Bareman: FIFA takes positive steps in women's game strategy

May. 15, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

When FIFA released its global strategy for women's soccer last year, it was met with some skepticism. But the sport's governing body is making some strides in implementing the long-range plan — against a backdrop of this summer's World Cup in France. Sarai Bareman, FIFA's chief women's football officer,...

Jury awards former prison warden $438K in retaliation case

May. 9, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A jury has awarded a former Michigan prison warden $438,000 after finding supervisors retaliated against him for defending a female subordinate who complained about sexual discrimination and harassment. The Detroit Free Press reports an Ingham County Circuit Court jury returned the...

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

May. 7, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

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 Rights...

Emails show Missouri lobbyist's efforts to help expelled son

May. 2, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lobbyist strategizing how to advance a measure to help college students like his son who have been disciplined for sex-discrimination complaints suggested pushing the idea that the real problem on campuses is not rape but women regretting casual sex, emails obtained by...