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Univ. of North Dakota leader defends gender inclusion plan

Jan. 14, 2022 19:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The president of the University of North Dakota on Friday defended a proposal that would allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, saying the intent is to align the Grand Forks-based school with existing laws and to better...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Jan. 14, 2022 14:45 PM EST

KPC News. Jan. 9, 2022. Editorial: Lawmakers should (but won’t) listen to police Indiana lawmakers are advancing a bill to eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit to carry a handgun in the state, despite a long line of police agencies lining up to tell them...

School: Florida teacher quit after yelling racial slur

Jan. 14, 2022 10:43 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A substitute teacher in Florida has resigned after students said she yelled a racial slur in the classroom. The 59-year-old white woman continued using the slur after going to the principal’s office Wednesday at Lealman Innovation Academy, Pinellas...

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...

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...

Bill hardening penalties for election worker harassment OK'd

Jan. 12, 2022 19:01 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a measure that would make it a Class C felony to harass an election worker, with violations potentially resulting in a five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine. It’s the second time 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...

Traverse City-area official loses lawsuit over raise

Jan. 12, 2022 11:17 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a 71-year-old elected official in the Traverse City area who blamed a lack of raises on age discrimination. Peggy Haines, the register of deeds in Grand Traverse County, claimed county commissioners targeted her after...

Iowa board votes to settle 2 sexual harassment lawsuits

Jan. 11, 2022 19:48 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state panel on Tuesday approved settlements of two sexual harassment lawsuits filed by employees who alleged they were mistreated at work. The State Appeal Board approved a $962,500 settlement with Jennifer Jackson, who alleged in a February 2020 lawsuit...

DOJ official files suit on top of discrimination complaint

Jan. 10, 2022 16:21 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A recently promoted Wisconsin Department of Justice official who has accused the agency of racial and sexual discrimination has filed a federal lawsuit against Attorney General Josh Kaul and his top deputy. Tina Virgil, the head of the Division of Criminal...