Latest Discrimination News

Pennsylvania panel updates anti-discrimination regulations

Dec. 08, 2022 12:43 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state panel on Thursday narrowly approved new definitions of sex, religious creed and race in Pennsylvania's anti-discrimination regulations, with three members appointed by Democrats in favor and two Republican appointees voting no. The Independent...

Ex-Idaho cop tied to white supremacy alleges discrimination

Dec. 07, 2022 22:35 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A retired longtime police captain whose ties to a white supremacist group have prompted an in-depth investigation of potential racism at the Boise Police Department filed a discrimination complaint against the city in November. Matthew Bryngelson, who oversaw...

Biden signs #MeToo law curbing confidentiality agreements

Dec. 07, 2022 14:42 PM EST

President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed legislation curbing the use of confidentiality agreements that block victims of sexual harassment from speaking publicly about misconduct in the workplace. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden had acted on the bipartisan...

South Africa paroles convicted killer of anti-apartheid icon

Dec. 07, 2022 08:51 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The convicted killer of South African anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani has been released from prison in the capital Pretoria after serving more than 28 years for the 1993 murder. Janusz Walus, 69, has been placed on parole effective Wednesday after he was...

Trump's Constitution remarks put McConnell, GOP on defense

Dec. 06, 2022 21:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell delivered another rebuke of former President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying that anyone who thinks the Constitution can be suspended would have a “very hard time” becoming president in the United States. The comment...

Garland: Justice Dept.'s civil rights work is key priority

Dec. 06, 2022 19:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The early work of the Justice Department’s civil rights division meant confronting white supremacists who were intimidating Black voters, and 65 years later, its work is just as urgent amid a surge of hate crimes in the U.S., Attorney General Merrick Garland said Tuesday. ...

Two Kansas high schools investigate offensive chants at game

Dec. 06, 2022 17:39 PM EST

Two Kansas high schools are investigating after students at one school reportedly yelled racist and offensive taunts at the other school's basketball team. Topeka High School's team was subjected to “racial slurs, threats and disgusting taunts,” during a game on Saturday with...

Outgoing elections head in key Nevada county details threats

Dec. 06, 2022 17:08 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Heading into this year’s midterms, the elections director in the largest county in one of the nation’s most important battleground states had a lot on his mind. A new Nevada law required every voter to get a mailed ballot, new processes were in effect for...

Iowa school district agrees to deal with racial harassment

Dec. 06, 2022 15:06 PM EST

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A southeast Iowa school district failed to protect a Black student from pervasive racial harassment and now must take steps to help the student and ensure it responds appropriately to any future racist actions, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The...

Jackson County to pay $5.3 million for age discrimination

Dec. 06, 2022 13:23 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jackson County will pay $5.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a former sheriff's deputy who said he was fired because of his age and health conditions. The county legislature voted Monday to pay the money to Doug Caster, who was fired in December 2015...