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White Professor Uses N-Word, Gets in Hot Water

But Andrea Quenette says it was part of legitimate conversation

(Newser) - A white professor is on leave and under investigation after using the n-word in class—but she says her actions were part of a legitimate conversation about race, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Andrea Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, says she requested a paid... More »

Disabled Job Seekers Face Steep Discrimination

Employers much less interested in applicants who noted disability in cover letter

(Newser) - Last year, only 17.1% of the disabled population in the US was employed, in stark contrast to the 64.6% for the non-disabled, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics . A new study out of Rutgers and Syracuse University may point to the hidden bias that explains this. Researchers sent... More »

School Sex Scandal Is One for the Ages

Three-way affair at Stanford University gets very messy

(Newser) - A love triangle at the Stanford Graduate School of Business has forced the school's dean to resign and led to an ugly battle between all involved, Vanity Fair reports. James Phills and Deborah Gruenfeld were professors there three years ago, locked in an estranged marriage, when Phills learned she... More »

Nazi-Era Rule Keeps US Community White: Lawsuit

Couple says residents are required to be 'of German extraction'

(Newser) - "You feel like a caged animal here." That's how Philip Kneer describes living in Yaphank, a hamlet on Long Island that has a dark history. As the New York Times reports, the community sprung up around a Nazi summer camp in the 1930s. Nearby streets were named... More »

Man: I Lost Job at Catholic Home Because I'm Gay

He's filed a discrimination claim

(Newser) - A Virginia man says the bishop of a local Catholic diocese forced his removal from the top job at a diocese-owned assisted living home because he's gay and married to his partner of 30 years. John Murphy filed a discrimination claim against the Catholic Diocese of Richmond with the... More »

Bakery Owners Won't Pay Gay Couple $135K for Cake Refusal

Claim it would cause 'financial ruin,' despite at least $515K raised via crowdfunding

(Newser) - A couple ordered by the state of Oregon to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple they refused to make a wedding cake for won't pay up—despite the fact that more than half a million dollars has been raised for them via crowdfunding, the Oregonian reports.... More »

14-Year-Old Whiz Made a Clock, Got Busted for 'Bomb'

Ahmed Mohamed's father suspects his name played a role

(Newser) - Ahmed Mohamed says it took him only 20 minutes to build the homemade clock: he wired a circuit board and power supply to a digital display and stuffed the device into a pencil case before bed on Sunday. The next day, the 14-year-old freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving,... More »

Baker Who Refused Gay Wedding Cake Loses in Court

A third Colorado court calls it discriminatory

(Newser) - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple lost his third court case today when the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld two earlier rulings that he was guilty of discrimination, the Denver Post reports. Back in 2012, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to... More »

Catholic School Staffer: My Gay Marriage Got Me Fired

Margie Winters married her partner in 2007

(Newser) - Parents of students at a Catholic elementary school in Pennsylvania say they're outraged by the school's apparent decision to fire its religious education director because she's married to a woman. In an email last week, the principal of Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion said Margie Winters had... More »

After SCOTUS Ruling, Shop Posts 'No Gays Allowed'

'I don't want them around me,' says hardware store owner Jeff Amyx

(Newser) - While many celebrated Friday's SCOTUS decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, one Tennessee store owner wasn't flying any rainbow banners. Instead, Jeff Amyx—a "self-described 'blunt' man," per the New York Daily News —put a different sign up Monday at Amyx... More »

You Didn't Mishear: Obama Used the N-Word

In Marc Maron podcast about race relations and gun control

(Newser) - America is not yet "cured" of racism, President Obama said during a podcast interview released today, and he used the N-word to make his point. "It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----- in public. That's not the measure of whether... More »

United Bans Flight Attendant Over Diet Coke Incident

Airline apologizes to Tahera Ahmad for discriminatory behavior

(Newser) - A Muslim woman's viral Facebook post has led United Airlines to discipline a flight attendant accused of refusing her an unopened Diet Coke because she might use it as a weapon . Though the airline initially said the issue involving Tahera Ahmad was a "misunderstanding over a diet soda,... More »

Ivy Applicants Coached to Be 'Less Asian'

Coaches help applicants beat 'bamboo ceiling' and get into elite colleges

(Newser) - Asian-American groups recently filed a federal complaint against Harvard, claiming the university holds Asian applicants to higher standards. But while that complaint is pending, the Boston Globe reports that breaking the "bamboo ceiling" is a thriving business, with coaches often advising applicants to appear, well … "less Asian,... More »

Supreme Court: Abercrombie Discriminated vs. Teen's Hijab

Supreme Court finds for Muslim who was denied job

(Newser) - In a ruling that could have wide implications for job applicants who dress according to religious reasons, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 today that Abercrombie and Fitch violated the civil rights of a Muslim woman in Tulsa, Okla., by denying her a job because of her headscarf, Reuters reports. Samantha... More »

Muslim Woman: Flight Attendant Denied Me an Unopened Coke

Tahera Ahmad's Facebook post alleging discrimination goes viral

(Newser) - Like your soda served unopened? Well, a Muslim woman says a United Airlines attendant refused her an unopened Diet Coke because it might serve as a weapon—while the guy next to her got an unopened beer, the Guardian reports. Tahera Ahmad, a chaplain at Chicago’s Northwestern University, posted... More »

All the Fallout Happening to Indiana

Cities, businesses, bands join RFRA boycott

(Newser) - As Apple CEO Tim Cook warned , Indiana's controversial new Religious Freedom Restoration Act is turning out to be pretty bad for business, with companies, cities, and at least one other state joining a boycott. Among those shunning the state over the law, which critics say could allow businesses to... More »

Army Unit's 'Racial Thursdays' Investigated

Racial slur 'tradition' reportedly encouraged to 'build morale and camaraderie'

(Newser) - Playing "Taps" on a well-worn bugle, the emotional recitation of "A Soldier's Creed," and calling each other racial slurs one day per week: all time-honored customs in the US Army? That last practice is, at least in one platoon, according to a black staff sergeant who... More »

Suit: LA Fitness Won't Let Me Pray in Locker Room

'I felt afraid for my life,' says Mohamed Fall of confrontation at gym

(Newser) - When he was a star basketball player for Ohio Christian University, where he was known as "Mo Fall," Mohamed Fall prayed in the team's locker room before and after he played, per WCPO . And, as a practicing Muslim, the 28-year-old says he's been following the same... More »

Ruby Tuesday Sued for Discrimination—Against Men

Only hired women for desirable summer positions, suit claims

(Newser) - An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney calls it "an unusual lawsuit"—because you don't often hear about the EEOC suing on behalf of men who say they've been discriminated against. But that's what's happening in Eugene, Ore., where such a lawsuit has been filed... More »

China: Child With HIV Won't Be Abandoned

'Kun Kun' will get education, medical care

(Newser) - A village's petition to banish an 8-year-old boy with HIV has made waves around the world, and China has now promised the boy will get an education, medical care, and a living allowance. The petition to ban "Kun Kun" from the village in Sichuan province was widely condemned... More »

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