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Restaurant owner gets $1.7M over claim of city harassment

Apr. 18, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — A suburban Atlanta barbecue restaurant owner will get $1.7 million to settle a federal lawsuit claiming he was harassed by government officials and employees. The city of Stockbridge's insurer will pay the money to Arick Whitson, owner of Georgia...

Equal pay bill passed by House but faces long odds in Senate

Apr. 15, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate. The bill, which is...

Georgia town names new police chief after racist video

Apr. 15, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Ga. (AP) — A new police chief is on the job in a Georgia town where the former chief resigned earlier this year after video showed the chief and an officer making racist comments before a Black Lives Matter march. Eric Weiss was sworn in Monday as chief in...

Lawsuit targets pay practices at Olive Garden's parent

Apr. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

A group that seeks higher guaranteed wages for restaurant workers is suing Olive Garden’s parent company, saying its pay policies make workers more likely to ensure harassment and discrimination. One Fair Wage filed the lawsuit Thursday against Orlando, Florida-based...

Alaska denied benefits to gay couples despite court rulings

Apr. 15, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wrongly denied some same-sex spouses benefits for years by claiming their unions were not recognized even after courts struck down gay marriage bans, court documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The agency that determines...

Alaska denied benefits to gay couples despite court rulings

Apr. 15, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wrongly denied some same-sex spouses benefits for years by claiming their unions were not recognized even after courts struck down gay marriage bans, court documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The agency that determines...

Bill barring birth dates on job applications clears Senate

Apr. 14, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut employers could soon be prevented from asking for a job applicant's date of birth, school graduation or school attendance dates, under a bill that unanimously cleared the state Senate on Wednesday. The bill, which proponents hope will...

McDonald's to mandate anti-harassment training worldwide

Apr. 14, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

McDonald’s said Wednesday that it will mandate worker training to combat harassment, discrimination and violence in its restaurants worldwide starting next year. The training will be required for 2 million workers at 39,000 stores worldwide. ...

In Minnesota, suburban mayor is thrust into policing debate

Apr. 14, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

Mike Elliott is among many who celebrated his election as mayor of Brooklyn Center as the beginning of a new era, marking the first time one of Minnesota's most racially diverse places would be led by a person of color. Elliott, a Black man who had emigrated from Liberia as a child, was...

Lawyer: Man accused in Texas mass shooting was harassed

Apr. 14, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — The employee accused of opening fire at a Texas cabinet-making company was harassed by his colleagues before he fatally shot one man and wounded five other co-workers, his lawyer said. Larry Bollin remained in a Brazos County jail Wednesday on...