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DOE Uses 'Contested' Definition of Anti-Semitism to Revisit Case

Department taking new look at 2011 discrimination claims against Jewish students at Rutgers

(Newser) - In a move the New York Times says supports a "hotly contested definition of anti-Semitism," the Department of Education has announced it's vacating a 2014 ruling by the Obama administration and reopening a case against Rutgers University brought by a conservative Zionist group. The case, per Haaretz ... More »

'One of World's Oldest Bans' on Gay Sex Is No More

Colonial-era law banning homosexuality has been overturned by India's Supreme Court

(Newser) - Calling sexual orientation "one of the many natural phenomena," the chief justice of India's Supreme Court made a big announcement Thursday about one of the nation's colonial-era laws. The Guardian reports India's highest court has struck down a 160-year-old law banning consensual gay sex, with... More »

Med School Officials Accused of Altering Women's Exam Scores

Tokyo Medical University accused of changing scores of female applicants to keep numbers low

(Newser) - Shinzo Abe has vowed to promote women in the workplace—called his "womenomics" platform by some—but a new report in Japan's largest newspaper shows a major university seemingly trying to flout the prime minister's plan, per the BBC . In a Thursday expose, an anonymous source tells... More »

Suit: Harvard Has Skewed View of Asian-American Applicants

School is accused of unfair admission policies

(Newser) - Harvard evaluates prospective students based on a number of criteria, including academic achievement, outside activities, and personality characteristics, such as likeability and kindness. But according to an affirmative action lawsuit filed by a group representing Asian-American students, the school consistently scored Asian-American applicants lower than other groups on personal qualities,... More »

This Is Why You Can't Get Starbucks This Afternoon

All 8K US stores closed as workers take part in training on racial bias

(Newser) - If you're looking to get your Starbucks fix Tuesday, make a morning run or find somewhere else to get caffeinated. All Starbucks locations—more than 8,000 nationwide—are closing in the afternoon for training to educate its 175,000-plus workers on racial bias, per Money . The program is... More »

Teacher Who Showed Pic of 'Future Wife' Files Discrimination Suit

Gay teacher Stacy Bailey says she was suspended for mentioning partner

(Newser) - A Texas teacher has filed a suit against her school district and two district officials, claiming she's been discriminated against for one reason: "Plaintiff is lesbian/gay and was born that way." The teacher, per the New York Times , is 31-year-old Stacy Bailey, who alleges in her complaint... More »

False Positive at US Airport Sparks Trouble for Canadian

Navdeep Bains accepted apology from US officials after he was asked to remove turban

(Newser) - The Trump administration has apologized to a Canadian cabinet minister who was repeatedly asked to remove his turban at a Detroit airport. Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, who's religiously obligated to wear a turban as a Sikh, publicly discussed the April 2017 incident on Thursday,... More »

Eatery That Asked Patron to Prepay Now to Pay Him $7.8K

Emile Wickham says his group was racially profiled in Chinese restaurant; tribunal agrees

(Newser) - A Toronto eatery tried to tell Emile Wickham it was standard operating procedure to ask for prepayment before his meal—but that didn't fly with Wickham, nor with the Canadian tribunal that ruled in his favor in April and awarded him $7,800. Per ABC News , Wickham and three... More »

Judge Rules on Trump Supporter Booted From NYC Bar

Greg Piatek's lawsuit gets dismissed

(Newser) - A New York bar can apparently toss out a customer for wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap—which Greg Piatek found out the hard way, CNN reports. The Philadelphia man says he went to The Happiest Hour bar in the West Village last January and couldn't get... More »

Man Arrested at Starbucks Had Been Customer for 8 Years

Rashon Nelson says he feared for his life as he and longtime pal Donte Robinson were taken to jail

(Newser) - Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer, and when he and his business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and asked if they needed help. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining... More »

Ex-NFL Cheerleader Says Virginity Caused Discrimination

She's filed a complaint against the Miami Dolphins

(Newser) - A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader says she faced "hostility and retaliation" after revealing that she was a virgin. In an employment complaint filed with Florida Commission on Human Relations this week, Kristan Ann Ware says the team discriminated against her because of her gender and her Christian religion, the... More »

Asian-Americans Say They Can Prove Harvard Discrimination

They argue admissions data, 'incriminating emails' show what amounts to racial quota

(Newser) - A discrimination complaint against Harvard is set for a January trial, but the dozen-plus Asian-Americans accusing the school of unfair admissions policies believe their evidence is so sound there's actually no need for one and would like a judge to decide their case. The Students for Fair Admissions, who... More »

Dick's and Walmart Wouldn't Sell Him a Gun. Now He's Suing

20-year-old man says chains are discriminating against potential gun buyers under 21

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Oregon man filed suit Monday claiming Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart discriminated against him when they refused to sell him a rifle. The move comes after Dick's and Walmart restricted gun sales to adults 21 and older in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., high school... More »

Suit: Google, YouTube Had Quotas for 'Diversity Candidates'

Arne Wilberg says recruiters were discouraged from working to hire white, Asian men

(Newser) - A former YouTube employee is suing parent company Google, for which he worked for a total of nine years, alleging that he was fired for refusing to adhere to hiring practices that discriminated against white and Asian males. Per the Wall Street Journal , Arne Wilberg served as a Google recruiter... More »

Parents 'Livid' After Teacher Was Fired for Saying 'I Do'

Jocelyn Morffi said to have violated contract requiring adherence to Catholic teachings

(Newser) - She married the love of her life and believes she was fired for it. Jocelyn Morffi, a first-grade teacher at Miami's Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, was terminated Thursday, days after marrying her same-sex partner of two years, reports the Miami Herald . A friend says Morffi was told... More »

Walmart Sued Over Display of Black Beauty Products

Essie Grundy says she felt like a 'criminal' while shopping in California store

(Newser) - Gloria Allred has a new client: a mom of five who's suing Walmart for racial discrimination over beauty products she says were kept under lock and key. Essie Grundy, who appeared with Allred at a news conference Friday, says she was shopping at a Walmart in Perris, Calif., on... More »

One Twin Is a US Citizen. The Other Faces Deportation

2 cases allege LBGT discrimination by State Department

(Newser) - Sixteen-month-old Aiden Dvash-Banks is a US citizen living with his family in Los Angeles. His twin brother, Ethan, is undocumented and thus at risk of being deported. It's an unusual situation that highlights discrimination against LGBT families by the US government, according to the boys' married male parents, who... More »

White Man Sues Google for Workplace Discrimination

James Damore blasted Google's diversity policies in a now-infamous 2017 memo

(Newser) - James Damore, the former Google engineer who was fired from the company last year after circulating a memo claiming women are biologically ill-suited for tech jobs, is now suing his former employer. Damore filed a class-action suit in Santa Clara Superior Court today claiming Google discriminates against white men with... More »

School Sends Boy, 4, Home for Long Locks

His mother says the policy is 'trivial'

(Newser) - When Jessica Oates sent her 4-year-old son to his first day of kindergarten in the Houston area, she hadn't yet signed a letter stating that his shoulder-length hair, which has never been cut, is long for cultural or religious reasons. Part Cocopah Indian, Oates tells Inside Edition that long... More »

Whiskey Heir Says She Was Sacked for Being Lesbian

Hollis Bulleit says she came out 10 years ago but was rejected by her family

(Newser) - After working for more than two decades at the whiskey business her father re-founded , Hollis Bulleit says she was fired by email right before Christmas because she refused to stay silent about being a lesbian. Dubbed the "First Lady of Bourbon," Bulleit says she has kept mum at... More »

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