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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 »

Chicago Man's $245 Pants 'Too Street' for Pizza Place

Antar Jackson says it was a case of racial discrimination

(Newser) - Chicago's Parlor Pizza isn't the kind of place where you'll find crisp white tablecloths and chandeliers. In fact, its patio consists of several wooden picnic tables. Even so, Antar Jackson says he was turned away, apparently because of his $245 pants . In what he claims was a... More »

SCOTUS Nixes White Jury's Death Penalty for Black Man

29 years after Timothy Foster's sentence, court finds prosecutors kept blacks off jury for racial reasons

(Newser) - In a ruling Vox says "could have a big impact on racism in the justice system," the Supreme Court on Tuesday tossed a death sentence rendered almost 30 years ago against a Georgia black man, voting 7-1 that state prosecutors kept African-Americans off the jury that convicted him,... More »

Rachel Dolezal Sued School for 'Anti-White Bias'

She accused Howard University of discriminating against her

(Newser) - Rachel Dolezal isn't just a white woman who presents herself as black—she's a white woman who accused a largely black university of discriminating against her because she's a white woman. Dolezal, 37, who today stepped down as head of NAACP's Spokane chapter , sued Howard University... More »

Ferguson Traffic Stops Target Blacks: DoJ Report

Findings expected to show rampant discrimination that fomented tension

(Newser) - Black drivers in Ferguson, Mo., are pulled over much more for traffic stops than white drivers—and this imbalance is the crux of a forthcoming and damning Justice Department report, the New York Times reports. The nearly finished findings, according to law enforcement officials who say they've been briefed... More »

Suit: Cops Left Hispanic Drunk Guy at Taco Bell

Uriel Juarez-Popoca was subsequently killed by a car

(Newser) - When Ohio police responded to reports of a drunk driver who had pulled over on the side of the road, they inexplicably took the 22-year-old Hispanic man to a Taco Bell five miles away and left him there. Soon after, he was walking on the highway when he was hit... More »

Bob Dylan Sued in France for ... Racism?

Croatian group angry about remark in 'Rolling Stone' interview

(Newser) - A Croatian community organization in France is suing Bob Dylan for allegedly inciting racial hatred. The group, CRICCF, said that the singer crossed the line with remarks made in a Rolling Stone interview last year, the Guardian reports. Dylan was riffing on the history of racial animosity in the US... More »

U of Ala. Sororities Blocked Blacks: Campus Report

Sorority members are speaking out, pointing fingers at alumni

(Newser) - At least two black women were barred from pledging University of Alabama's 16 sororities—a member of the university's board says the number of women is actually higher—and one of the bigger twists to the story is that sorority members, not the pledges themselves, were the ones... More »

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