Posts Tagged discrimination

Walmart claims discrimination too varied to be discrimination

Once again, women are suing Wal-Mart for discriminating against them based on their gender, seeking  “to end Wal-Mart’s discriminatory practices regarding the pay and promotion of female employees.”

Tuesday, Three women from Tennessee claimed they were denied training opportunities and were paid less than their male co-workers and are seeking class-action status for current and former female employees at stores in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi. One of the women suing, Bobbie Millner, accidentally received the paycheck of another worker who was male and earned thousands more a year, although he was less experienced.  A Wal-Mart manager explain the discrepancy by saying “men needed to earn more.”

In 2011, the Supreme Court rejected a class action suit ...

Once again, women are suing Wal-Mart for discriminating against them based on their gender, seeking  “to end Wal-Mart’s discriminatory practices regarding the pay and promotion of female employees.”

Tuesday, Three women from Tennessee claimed they ...

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Breaking: Health care law protects against gender identity discrimination

The Affordable Care Act, aka Health care reform, aka Obamacare, aka that thing the Supreme Court said was constitutional, includes a ban on sex discrimination in federally-funded health services. In another big win for the transgender community, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has clarified that this covers discrimination based on gender identity. This means that excluding someone from accessing health care because they are trans or gender non-conforming is discrimination. The HHS Office of Civil Rights will now hear and investigate complaints about gender identity discrimination, treating them as sex discrimination.

This comes on the heels of the EEOC saying they will hear complaints of gender identity discrimination in employment, making it part of a very exciting ...

The Affordable Care Act, aka Health care reform, aka Obamacare, aka that thing the Supreme Court said was constitutional, includes a ban on sex discrimination in federally-funded health services. In another big win for the transgender ...

Are all job programs created equal?

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a sexual descrimination suit against Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) of Asheville, North Carolina.  The SPLC  alleges that women veterans were given unequal access to job training classes, as well as, resident support in comparison to men.

The SPLC filed the complaint on behalf of Bagby, an Army veteran, and other female veterans. It details how female veterans are excluded from job training and educational programs provided to male veterans that include truck driving and culinary arts skills. Women have access to classes such as knitting, art therapy, yoga, meditation, how to declutter your room, self-esteem and Bible study, according to the filing.

We’ll have yet to see what the findings will determine. ...

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a sexual descrimination suit against Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) of Asheville, North Carolina.  The SPLC  alleges that women veterans were given unequal access to job training classes, as ...

Breaking: GOP blocks pay equity

The Senate GOP has blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act which should put to rest any suspicions you may have had that the GOP’s current game isn’t to remove all women’s rights and make their lives as miserable as possible. The vote was 52-47 to block the measure.

Pay equity would have given women some protection from pay discrimination, including fees to people that pay different based on gender, to give transparency around salaries so you can know if an employer is biased and to protect those that bring lawsuits of pay discrimination.

Instead, via Think Progress,

Republicans framed the measure as a useless bureaucratic roadblock that would have hindered free enterprise and helped trial lawyers. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) called the ...

The Senate GOP has blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act which should put to rest any suspicions you may have had that the GOP’s current game isn’t to remove all women’s rights and make their lives as ...

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NYT fail: “Men invented the internet”


Grace Murray Hopper: American computer scientist and U.S. Navy officer, one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language. Pic via Boing Boing.

Xeni Jardin at Boing Boing has a great response to this weekend’s New York Times’ piece on Ellen Pao’s sexual discrimination lawsuit against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which is problematic in its very first line:

MEN invented the Internet. And not just any men. Men with pocket protectors. Men who idolized Mr. Spock and cried when Steve Jobs died. Nerds. Geeks. Give them their due. Without men, we would never know what our friends were doing five minutes ago.

Jardin responds:

Radia “Mother ...


Grace Murray Hopper: American computer scientist and U.S. Navy officer, one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language. Pic via Boing Boing.

Xeni Jardin at Boing Boing ...

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CeCe McDonald pleads guilty to manslaughter

On June 5th of last year, there was a fight outside a bar in Minneapolis. Several people were involved, a few were injured, one was killed. Only one was arrested.

The person who was killed was a straight white cisgender man, and the person who was arrested was a young transgender woman of colour.

Around 12:30 am, CeCe was walking to the grocery store with some friends, all of them young, African American, and either queer or allied. As they passed a local bar, the Schooner Tavern, a group of older, white people who were standing outside the bar’s side door began hurling racist and transphobic slurs at them, without provocation.  They called CeCe and her friends ‘faggots,’ ‘niggers,’ ...

On June 5th of last year, there was a fight outside a bar in Minneapolis. Several people were involved, a few were injured, one was killed. Only one was arrested.

The person who was killed was a straight ...

Ohio mom ousted as Boy Scout troop leader for being gay

Well, this is abhorrent:

On Tuesday night protesters gathered in front of a Bridgeport church to let their local Boy Scout leaders know how they felt about a controversial decision.

The controversy began just last week when a Tiger Scout leader had her membership revoked due to her sexual orientation.

Jennifer Tyrrell said she was the den leader for Pack 109’s Tiger Scouts for a year before her orientation became an issue. [...]

[T]he Boy Scouts of America has a strict policy when it comes to sexual orientation and membership.

“We do not grant membership to individuals who are opened or avowed homosexuals,” said Bob Drury. Drury is the scout executive for the Ohio River Valley. Drury said there was no decision ...

Well, this is abhorrent:

On Tuesday night protesters gathered in front of a Bridgeport church to let their local Boy Scout leaders know how they felt about a controversial decision.

The controversy began just last week ...

Rep. Steve King proves how much he sucks….again

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) really sucks.  Apparently, when he’s not ranting about Muslims, he’s suggesting a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” approach for the workplace.  Because you know that worked out great for the military (eyeroll).

Currently, there is no federal protection for LGBT employees to prevent being terminated from their job because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Rep. King was asked recently if business should be able to discriminate on who they hire or fire.  According to Rep. King, the employee should simply “hide” it from the employer if that risk is there,

“You have private sector businesses here and they need to have freedom to operate [and unless] someone makes their sexuality public, it’s not ...

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) really sucks.  Apparently, when he’s not ranting about Muslims, he’s suggesting a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” approach for the workplace.  Because you know that worked out great for the ...

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