Latest Gender discrimination News

Microsoft opens harassment investigation sought by investors

Jan. 13, 2022 20:03 PM EST

Microsoft said Thursday it is opening an inquiry into how it responds to workplace sexual harassment and gender discrimination, including its handling of allegations about co-founder Bill Gates. The review is a response to pressure from Microsoft investors. Nearly 78% of shareholders...

Third woman sues Lincoln police for sex discrimination

Jan. 13, 2022 18:02 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A female officer in the Lincoln Police Department has become the third female officer to sue the city of sexual harassment in the last year. Officer Erin Spilker, spokeswoman for the department, said in her lawsuit that she had faced years of discrimination...

Fired WA fire chief sues alleging racial discrimination

Jan. 13, 2022 17:25 PM EST

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A former Kennewick fire chief is suing the southeast Washington city in federal court, saying he was fired because he is Black and opposed discriminatory practices toward racial minorities and women. Former Kennewick Fire Chief Vince Beasley worked for the...

Suit: Maryland agency paid man less than female colleagues

Jan. 12, 2022 17:55 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a Maryland agency alleging it discriminated against a male employee by paying him less than female colleagues because of his gender. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, claims that...

Tennessee high court pick goes to state AG's office attorney

Jan. 12, 2022 15:31 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday picked a high-level lawyer in the attorney general's office for a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, signaling a likely shift further right for the court. The Republican governor selected Tennessee Associate Solicitor...

Millions at stake in trial over job policy at women's prison

Jan. 10, 2022 13:03 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Trial began Monday in a long-running lawsuit that accuses the Michigan prison system of illegally discriminating against male officers at the state's only prison for women. Millions of dollars in overtime and other compensation are at stake in the...

Judge orders Mississippi city to allow mosque construction

Jan. 04, 2022 17:57 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new federal court order says a Mississippi city must allow construction of a mosque, two months after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city on behalf of two Muslim men who want to develop the place of worship. The...

Muslim woman sues Missouri gun shop over hijab removal rule

Jan. 04, 2022 13:25 PM EST

(AP) — A firearms store and gun range in suburban Kansas City refused to let a Muslim woman use the range unless she removed her hijab, a Muslim civil rights organization alleged in a federal lawsuit. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the...

Democratic AGs continue fight seeking recognition of ERA

Jan. 03, 2022 16:56 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three Democratic attorneys general on Monday sought to persuade a federal appeals court to revive a lawsuit to force the federal government to recognize Virginia’s 2020 vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and add it to the Constitution. Virginia...

Female brewers in SC fighting discrimination by making beer

Jan. 02, 2022 00:04 AM EST

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Tidal Creek Brewhouse, having long prided itself on supporting its local community and marginalized groups, is taking another step forward in fighting discrimination — but within its own industry. The Myrtle Beach brewery recently began making a new beer...