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Suit: Pregnant Woman Fired Over Bathroom Breaks

Dawn Steckmann says she was accused of 'stealing from company'

(Newser) - When Dawn Steckmann, an employee at a cellphone chip manufacturer in Beaverton, Ore., told her supervisor she was pregnant in 2011, she says he told her not to worry about clocking out during her more-frequent bathroom breaks. But when she became pregnant again in 2013, a bladder issue that arose... More »

Soccer Coaches Resign Over Alleged Ebola Taunts

Pa. students may be disciplined next after alleged digs at West African opponent

(Newser) - The head coach and assistant coach for a Pennsylvania high school soccer team submitted their resignations last night after players allegedly spewed barbs about his race and Ebola at a West African opponent last Thursday, the Morning Call reports. The newspaper received at least two letters from fans who said... More »

Exec: Mets Fired Me for Having Baby Out of Wedlock

Woman says COO Jeff Wilpon humiliated her

(Newser) - An executive who says her former job handling ticket sales for the New York Mets was like "selling deck chairs on the Titanic" filed a lawsuit yesterday claiming that the team's co-owner and COO got rid of her because she had a baby without being married, the New ... More »

School Won't Let Transgender Teen Attend as Girl

Rachel Pepe told she can only return as 'Brian'

(Newser) - Rachel Pepe's middle school says she can't come back to school this year—at least, not as Rachel Pepe. The 13-year-old was known as a boy last year at Thorne Middle School in Middletown, NJ, and went by Brian, the name she was given at birth. But now... More »

Man Sues Clinic After Homosexuality Labeled 'Chronic' Problem

Gay man asked for removal of offensive designation a year ago

(Newser) - Matthew Moore wasn't pleased to find his status as a gay man described as a "chronic condition" on his medical records after a routine checkup in 2013. But even more offensive to the LA man is the fact that the health organization he's now suing didn't... More »

Obama to Sign Orders Protecting Gay Workers

(Newser) - President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. Obama's action comes on the heels of the US Supreme Court's recent ruling in... More »

Résumés, Cover Letters Are Awful Relics

Looking at credentials tends to bias us, lead to bad hires, Jesse Singal argues

(Newser) - Odds are pretty good that you hate cover letters and résumés. Pretty much everyone does, applicants and employers alike. And they should, for more reasons than you realize, writes Jesse Singal at New York . "It’s time for the résumé and the cover letter to die,... More »

Cases the Supreme Court Avoided Today

Justices duck rulings on NSA, gay rights, campaign finance

(Newser) - The Supreme Court quietly made a bunch of headlines today, mainly by rejecting potentially explosive cases. Here's a roundup of the day's (in)action:
  • Gay rights: The court announced that it would not take up the highly charged case that began when a New Mexico wedding photographer refused to
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Arizona's Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill

It would have let businesses refuse service because of religious objections

(Newser) - It's been a good late-day stretch for gay rights. Hours after a federal judge in Texas struck down that state's ban on gay marriage, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced that she had vetoed a bill that critics say would encourage discrimination against homosexuals, reports CNN . The controversial SB... More »

Amid Pressure, Brewer May Veto Ariz. Anti-Gay Bill

Business leaders, GOP backers urge veto

(Newser) - Jan Brewer is likely to veto a bill that would allow Arizona businesses to refuse service to gay people for religious reasons, sources tell NBC News . The move comes in the wake of intense pressure from a host of sources—including three GOP senators who voted for the bill. "... More »

Judge to Baker: You Must Serve Gay Weddings

Colorado cake-maker refused to contribute to same-sex ceremony

(Newser) - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said today. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of... More »

New York Investigates Macy's, Barneys on Profiling

State attorney general's office has 4 complaints from black shoppers

(Newser) - Macy's and Barneys must provide New York state's attorney general with their polices about questioning and detaining black customers, reports the Daily News . AG Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation after receiving four complaints from black shoppers who said they got harassed for the sin of buying luxury items.... More »

Gay Couple: Bakery Wouldn't Make Us Wedding Cake

They file discrimination claim in Colorado

(Newser) - Do you have a right to not bake a cake for someone? Or the right to not be discriminated against by cake bakers? That's the issue at hand in a Colorado discrimination claim. David Mullins and Charlie Craig went into Masterpiece Cakeshop hoping to get a wedding cake to... More »

Feds: Deaf Housing Complex Discriminates Vs. Non-Deaf

HUD squabbles with Arizona over funding

(Newser) - Packed with state-of-the-art equipment focused on the needs of the deaf, a new Arizona housing facility was seen as a step forward for the Southwest. Instead, it's become a lightning rod, reports the New York Times , as federal and state officials feud over alleged discrimination at the complex. As... More »

Obama: Gay Marriage Bans 'Probably' Unconstitutional

President says debt sustainable for next 10 years

(Newser) - It looks like President Obama's views on gay marriage are continuing to " evolve ." When he first expressed his support for gay marriage last May, Obama also said he thought it was a state issue (a position he's since reaffirmed ). Now, however, the president is saying... More »

Recovering Queen Skips Another Service

But will sign resolution that could indicate gay-rights support

(Newser) - Still on the mend after a brief hospitalization, Queen Elizabeth won't make it to a celebration of the British Commonwealth today, CNN reports. Still, her health issues are "nothing to fret about," says a Buckingham Palace insider, and in another ceremony tonight, she'll sign a historic... More »

Driver Sues FedEx, Says Was Fired for Russian Accent

Ex-trucker says company discriminated, didn't give him chance to prove his English

(Newser) - A Utah truck driver alleges FedEx fired him because of his Russian accent, even though he offered to appear before corporate higher-ups to demonstrate his English-speaking abilities. Ismail Aliyev has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against FedEx and the long-haul contractor that employed him. Aliyev says his trouble started months... More »

UPS Yanks Funding From Boy Scouts

Ends grants over BSA's discrimination against gays

(Newser) - The philanthropic arm of shipping giant UPS said it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group discriminates against gays, joining Intel as the second major corporation to recently strip funding from the scouts. The UPS Foundation made the change after an... More »

Chicago Cops Sue City, Say Mayor Rahm Played Politics

They were booted from his security detail, replaced by supporters

(Newser) - Eleven Chicago cops have sued the city, accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of playing politics with his security detail. They say they were removed from the detail and replaced by officers who worked on Emanuel's campaign in some fashion, reports the Chicago Tribune . The officers, all of whom are Hispanic... More »

Discrimination Agency Accused of Discrimination

Former EEOC employee with disabilities is suing

(Newser) - You'd think that if you worked for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, you wouldn't need to worry about discrimination in the workplace. But a revived lawsuit claims that the organization, which enforces federal employment discrimination laws, violated the Rehabilitation Act in its treatment of Mary Bullock, a former... More »

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