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Hamilton's New Duel: With Ex-Actor Over a Dressing Room

Transgender actor: show wouldn't renew contract over request for gender-neutral dressing room

(Newser) - A former Hamilton cast member has filed a discrimination complaint against the show, and their lawyer says it's one that should serve as "a wake-up call for the theater industry." Suni Reid, a Black transgender nonbinary actor who'd appeared with the New York, Chicago, and Los...

Current, Former Blue Origin Staff Pen Scathing Essay

Former comms chief says Jeff Bezos' company ignores safety concerns

(Newser) - "Blue Origin's culture sits on a foundation that ignores the plight of our planet, turns a blind eye to sexism, is not sufficiently attuned to safety concerns, and silences those who seek to correct wrongs." So claim 21 current and former employees of Jeff Bezos' spaceflight company...

New State Law Bars Schools From 'Hairstyle Discrimination'

Illinois law is named after Jett Hawkins, 4

(Newser) - Earlier this year, 4-year-old Jett Hawkins was told that his braids were a violation of the dress code at a private school in Chicago. On Friday, he was present as Illinois Gov. Jay Pritzker signed the Jett Hawkins Act, banning hairstyle discrimination in schools. The law requires the state board...

Reporter Says Paper Took Her Off Sexual Assault Stories

Felicia Sonmez says editors told her coverage would be a conflict of interest

(Newser) - Washington Post politics reporter Felicia Sonmez has sued the paper and several of its current and former editors, the AP reports, saying she was discriminated against as a victim of sexual assault. In a suit filed Wednesday in DC Superior Court, Sonmez said she was not allowed to report on...

Things Get Worse for Team After Tortilla-Throwing Incident

Calif. high school basketball players lose regional title over incident

(Newser) - A California high school basketball team embroiled in controversy after an incident involving a rival team has had its regional title yanked away. Coronado High School's head basketball coach, JD Laaperi, had already been fired after Coronado supporters at a June 19 championship game threw tortillas at the team...

We're Ignoring 'Lookism,' and It Isn't Right
We're Ignoring 'Lookism,'
and It Isn't Right
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We're Ignoring 'Lookism,' and It Isn't Right

Writing for the 'NYT,' David Brooks takes on discrimination against the unattractive

(Newser) - Sexism and racism are bad, but there's another "ism" that David Brooks is concerned about, and one for which there doesn't seem to be much legal recourse: "lookism," the term Brooks uses in his newest op-ed for the New York Times to describe "prejudice...

She Was Almost at Bat. Then: 'Does Anyone Have Scissors?'

Black teen softball player Nicole Pyles cut her hair rather than remove hair beads as umps asked

(Newser) - A Black teen softball player from Durham, North Carolina, says she was humiliated at a game last month in an incident she says led to a discriminatory ask and an impromptu haircut. In an interview with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice cited by the New York Times , 16-year-old Nicole...

Another State Has Just Banned Transgender Athletes

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs bill barring transgender students in K-12 from playing sports

(Newser) - A bill banning transgender students from taking part in K-12 sports swept through the Alabama House and Senate, and now it's got the governor's signature on it. The AP reports that Kay Ivey signed HB 391 on Friday, legislation that states "athletic events allowing competition by one...

He Lived Out Titanic Scene. What Came Next Wasn't Easier

Documentary tells of discrimination against Chinese survivors including Fang Lang

(Newser) - You'll recall that famous scene in Titanic when Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack, clinging to a wooden door in the frigid ocean, lets go. His companion, Kate Winslet's Rose, eventually gets the attention of rescuers in the lone lifeboat that had returned to the scene to search for survivors....

Army Booted Her for Being Transgender. Now She's Dead

South Korea's Byun Hui-su had been fighting to get reinstated

(Newser) - She was declared unfit to serve in her country's army after having sex reassignment surgery, the first active-duty soldier to have such a procedure. Now, Byun Hui-su is dead, her body found Wednesday at her residence in Cheongju, South Korea, per the Yonhap News Agency . Emergency responders found the...

Former MLB Player Sues: McDonald's 'Knee' Is 'on My Neck'

Herb Washington sues over alleged racial discrimination

(Newser) - Herb Washington, who played for the Oakland Athletics in the 1970s and went on to build the biggest Black-owned McDonald's franchise operation in the US, is now suing the fast food behemoth for alleged racial discrimination. Washington says Black franchisees are pushed toward restaurants in poor neighborhoods that don'...

Nike Japan Ad Garners Praise and Outrage

The video explores racism and bullying in Japan

(Newser) - Another day, another controversy—this one brought to you by Nike Japan. A video posted on the company's Twitter feed shows three teenage girls of different backgrounds facing discrimination or bullying. One is Japanese, one Korean, and one has a Black father and Japanese mother. Each faces unique challenges...

One Sign of Racial Inequity: Look at the Stock Market

Percentage of white families that own stocks is almost double that of Blacks

(Newser) - Americans who own stocks are pulling further away from those who don't, as Wall Street roars back to record heights while much of the economy struggles. And Black households are much more likely to be in that not-as-fortunate group that isn't in the stock market, per the AP...

Black Woman Harassed by Seatmate: Delta Did Me Right

Demetria Poe says airline took care of her after white seatmate got confrontational

(Newser) - A young Black kindergarten teacher from Minnesota has a new favorite airline after the way it handled an unpleasant incident with a fellow passenger. Per USA Today , 25-year-old Demetria Poe took a Delta Air Lines flight last month from Minneapolis to Washington, DC, to attend the Commitment March for racial...

Suit: McDonald's 'Intentionally' Hurt Black Franchisees

Plaintiffs say they were steered into difficult situations, while white franchisees weren't

(Newser) - More than 50 former franchisees accuse McDonald's of racial discrimination in a lawsuit that follows a similar complaint by Black executives. Also filed in federal court in Illinois, the latest suit claims Black franchisees were set up to fail with misleading financial information that steered them into undesirable locations...

Woman Says She Was Fired After Kids Made Noise During Calls

Drisana Rios is suing for gender discrimination

(Newser) - A California woman says she was fired for doing what millions of other Americans have been doing during the pandemic—looking after her children while working from home. Drisana Rios is suing insurance firm Hub International for gender discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. The 35-year-old account executive, who has a...

Black Couple: White Neighbor Made False Assault Report

NJ couple share video of 'Permit Karen,' white neighbor they say has harassed them for 2 years

(Newser) - Residents in a New Jersey neighborhood went to bat this week for a black couple who had the police called on them by a white neighbor they say has been harassing them for two years—an incident caught on video that's now gone viral. In a Monday Facebook post...

2 Black Kids Played in a Hotel Pool. The Cops Were Called

Employee at NC Hampton Inn fired after summoning police regarding 'trespassing' guests

(Newser) - An employee at a Hampton Inn in North Carolina has been fired after calling the cops on Black guests who were using the pool. Two police officers responded to a trespassing complaint at the Williamston location on Friday after the employee, an unidentified white woman, reported finding two children unattended...

Supreme Court Delivers Big Victory for Gay Rights
Supreme Court Delivers
Big Victory for Gay Rights
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Supreme Court Delivers Big Victory for Gay Rights

Justices say LGBT people are protected from job discrimination

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a major victory to supporters of gay rights, reports the AP . In a 6-3 ruling, the justices decided that Title VII, a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, protects LGBTQ workers from being fired because of their sexual orientation. Coverage:
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Walmart, CVS End 'Out of Step' Practice

Drugstore chains will no longer lock up beauty products for people of color

(Newser) - Companies and brands are now making extra efforts to get rid of discriminatory policies after the killing of George Floyd , and drugstore chains are following in Walmart's footsteps in terms of one merchandise segment. Earlier this week, the retailer announced it would be taking hair and beauty products made...

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