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Black employees file federal discrimination suit against Chicago utility

Nov. 29, 2023 19:05 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A group of current and former employees at a Chicago utility have filed a federal lawsuit alleging the company discriminated against them because they're Black. The 11 plaintiffs filed the action Tuesday against Peoples Gas, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. ...

French labor minister goes on trial for alleged favoritism when he was a mayor

Nov. 27, 2023 03:42 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt goes on trial on Monday over charges of favoritism related to a 2009 public sector contract passed when he was a mayor. Dussopt is suspected of having favoured a private company, the Saur group, in the awarding of a water contract...

Appeals court says Georgia may elect utility panel statewide, rejecting a ruling for district voting

Nov. 24, 2023 19:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that Georgia can keep statewide elections for its five-member commission regulating utilities, overturning a lower court judge who found statewide elections illegally diluted Black votes. The ruling is important beyond...

Columbia, Cornell and other colleges face US inquiries over alleged antisemitism and Islamophobia

Nov. 17, 2023 15:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has opened civil rights investigations into seven schools and universities over allegations of antisemitism or Islamophobia since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war. The list includes three Ivy League institutions — Columbia, Cornell and...

FCC adopts rules to eliminate 'digital discrimination' for communities with poor internet access

Nov. 15, 2023 16:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has enacted new rules intended to eliminate discrimination in access to internet services, a move which regulators are calling the first major U.S. digital civil rights policy. The rules package, which the commission ratified...

Discrimination charge filed against Michigan salon after owner's comments on gender identity

Nov. 15, 2023 13:47 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A hair salon in northern Michigan is facing a discrimination charge from the state's Department of Civil Rights after its owner posted on social media earlier this year that anyone identifying as other than a man or a woman is not welcome at her business. The...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Nov. 14, 2023 07:17 AM EST

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. November 9, 2023. Editorial: State’s misused employee bonus program could lead to favoritism To ensure that compensation of state employees remains competitive with the private sector, Indiana last year revitalized its Spot Bonus Program...

South Dakota hotel owner sued for race discrimination to apologize and step down

Nov. 13, 2023 18:25 PM EST

A South Dakota woman who said she would ban Native Americans from her hotel cannot manage the establishment for four years and must publicly apologize under agreement with the U.S. Justice Department. The federal agency announced the apology last week as part of a consent decree...

Jury awards $1.2 million to Robert De Niro’s former assistant in gender discrimination lawsuit

Nov. 09, 2023 19:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury awarded more than $1.2 million to Robert De Niro’s former personal assistant Thursday, finding one of his companies responsible for subjecting her to a toxic work environment. While the jury found De Niro was not personally liable for the abuse, it said his...

Robert De Niro's company found liable in gender discrimination lawsuit filed by former personal assistant

Nov. 09, 2023 17:13 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert De Niro's company found liable in gender discrimination lawsuit filed by former personal assistant.