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White Cop Who Claimed Racial Bias Gets Payout

The $65K is much less than Michigan's Cleon Brown wanted

(Newser) - A white Michigan police officer who accused fellow cops of "straight-up racism" will receive a $65,000 settlement, though he's not exactly pleased. Sgt. Cleon Brown, a 19-year veteran with the Hastings Police Department, initially demanded $500,000 from the city in a lawsuit claiming he was subject... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Flier Booted for Using Bathroom Sues Delta

Kima Hamilton alleges racial discrimination

(Newser) - Eight months after he was kicked off a Delta flight for using the restroom while the plane was taxiing, Kima Hamilton says the color of his skin was a factor. In a federal lawsuit filed in Milwaukee on Tuesday, Hamilton, a 40-year-old black man, says his 35-second venture to the... More »

NAACP: Flying American May Be 'Unsafe' for Black People

Group issues national advisory for travelers

(Newser) - In a highly unusual move, the NAACP has issued a national advisory warning travelers, particularly African-Americans, that they may face "disrespectful, discriminatory, or unsafe conditions" on American Airlines flights. In what it labels examples of "possible racial bias," the advisory issued Tuesday describes a black man forced... More »

White NFLer's Wife Offers 'Humble Reminder' After Protest

Seth DeValve's spouse: I'm proud he kneeled but focus should be on black players

(Newser) - On Monday night, a dozen or so Cleveland Browns players kneeled during the national anthem and formed a prayer circle, among them 24-year-old tight end Seth DeValve, ID'd as the first white NFLer to take a knee during such a demonstration for social injustice. DeValve's wife, Erica Harris... More »

For First Time, NAACP Advises Against Travel to a State

Beware of civil rights violations in Missouri, organization warns

(Newser) - The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for a US state, a first in the civil rights group's history. The Missouri NAACP first circulated the advisory against travel to the state in June, and the national organization has now voted to adopt it, McClatchy reports. The advisory comes after... More »

Suit: Black Worker Given These Items Before Getting Fired

Tishay Wright claims her boss gave her Confederate-themed gifts

(Newser) - A black employee at a Bay Area-based construction firm is suing the company for racial discrimination and harassment, alleging that her supervisor gave her Confederate-themed gifts at a holiday party before firing her in March. Tishay Wright, a former project administrator at Southland Construction Management, claims the gifts were retaliation... More »

2 Tough Headlines for Fox News

Bad news in the ratings department and the lawsuit department

(Newser) - Tuesday isn't shaping up to be a great news day for Fox News. Harassment lawsuits and sinking ratings are both making headlines:
  • Three new lawsuits filed Monday allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network's legal woes, the AP reports. The cases increase to
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13 Now Accuse Fox of Racial Bias

Network 'vehemently' denies the claims

(Newser) - Eleven current or former Fox News employees are alleging "abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination" at the network already laden with sexual harassment complaints. Most have joined a lawsuit filed last month by two payroll staffers accusing comptroller Judith Slater of "top-down racial harassment." The latest... More »

Feds Accuse Oracle of Paying White Men More

And of favoring Asians for tech roles: DOL lawsuit

(Newser) - Oracle provides contracting services for the feds via its cloud computing software, resulting in "hundreds of millions" of dollars in government contracts, per a Labor Department release. That means the tech company has to adhere to federal nondiscriminatory hiring practices, which a DOL lawsuit announced Wednesday says has not... More »

DOJ: Chicago PD Rife With Racial Bias, Excessive Force

Discrimination, use of excessive force, poor training among long-awaited report's findings

(Newser) - What USA Today describes as a "scathing report" about Chicago police was released Friday by the Justice Department, with findings of rampant racial bias (including a finding of "reasonable cause" that excessive force was used against minorities), shoddy training, and the mishandling of cops accused of misconduct, per... More »

CNN Sued for Racial Discrimination

Class action lawsuit filed against CNN, Turner, Time Warner

(Newser) - Current and former black employees of CNN and Turner Broadcasting filed a class action lawsuit against the companies and their parent company, Time Warner, this week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The employees allege racial discrimination. CNN producer DeWayne Walker sued the network individually in January, claiming he was skipped over... More »

Rant Against Black Workers at Michaels Caught on Tape

Chicago customer says she was discriminated against

(Newser) - An irate customer in a Chicago Michaels store created what NBC Chicago calls a "30-minute ordeal" that has since gone viral. Another customer, Jessie Grady, caught part of the incident on her phone, showing the white customer berating two black employees for what she says was an attempt to... More »

She's a Black Doctor. Delta Staff Couldn't Believe It

Tamika Cross alleges 'blatant discrimination'

(Newser) - When Tamika Cross heard a mid-flight call for a doctor to help an unresponsive passenger aboard a Delta flight from Detroit to Minneapolis, she immediately threw her hand in the air. "Oh no, sweetie, put [your] hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses," the OB/GYN,... More »

News Anchor: I Was Fired Because I'm White

Wendy Bell suing WTAE to get her job back

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh news anchor fired over what WTAE said were racially insensitive comments about a mass shooting alleges she was actually let go "because of her race." In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Wendy Bell, who is white, says she wouldn't have been fired, "much less... More »

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