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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... More »

Black Astronaut: Cop Falsely Accused Me of Rape

Leland Melvin says he could've been killed like George Floyd

(Newser) - If we can put people in space, we can surely solve problems of racial discrimination, according to former astronaut Leland Melvin—but it will mean doing so together. Melvin, who's logged 565 hours in space, says he was never afraid to leave Earth. But it was a different story... More »

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... More »

Minority Officers Allege Discrimination Over Chauvin

They file racial discrimination charges in Minnesota

(Newser) - Eight minority corrections officers who work at the jail holding a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd allege that they were barred from guarding or having contact with the officer because of their race, the AP reports. Floyd died on May 25 after... More »

Reporter's Tweet Gets Her Banned From Covering Protests

Alexis Johnson is now suing the 'Pittsburgh Post-Gazette'

(Newser) - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter prohibited from covering the city's Black Lives Matter protests because of a tweet sued the paper on Tuesday, the AP reports. Alexis Johnson, who is black, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Pennsylvania alleging the Post-Gazette was engaging in racial discrimination and illegal retaliation.... More »

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... More »

Walmart Ends Policy Panned as Racist

African-American beauty products won't be locked up anymore

(Newser) - Walmart says it will no longer lock up African American beauty products, ending a practice viewed as racist. At some Walmart stores, hair and beauty products designed for black people were kept in glass cases accessible only with an employee key, in some cases across the aisle from shelves of... More »

They Had Every Right to Use the Gym. He Didn't Think So

White CEO in Minneapolis loses office lease after video shows him calling 911 on black entrepreneurs

(Newser) - One of the perks of using an office space via WeWork in Minneapolis' MoZaic East complex is that you get to take advantage of the site's amenities, including its gym. But, per the Hill , a group of black entrepreneurs who've owned a business in the building for a... More »

She Demanded White Server, Got a Yes 'Without Hesitation'

Olive Garden cans manager after encounter in Evansville, Ind.

(Newser) - The manager of an Olive Garden in Evansville, Ind., has been fired after consenting to a customer's request that her black server be replaced with a white one. Hostess Amira Donahue, 16, tells WEHT that a white female customer requested hot water during Saturday's dinner rush before demanding... More »

He Won His Discrimination Suit, Then Tried to Cash the Check

'Detroit Free Press' reports on the odd case

(Newser) - A Detroit man sued his employer for racial discrimination—then ended up suing a bank for the same thing after it allegedly refused to accept his settlement check from the first case, the Detroit Free Press reports. In fact, Sauntore Thomas says TCF Bank called police and reported him for... More »

McDonald's 'Declared War' on African Americans: Suit

It claims racial discrimination turned 'overt' under former CEO

(Newser) - Two black executives at McDonald's are suing the company they say has "declared war against the African American community." Vicki Guster-Hines and Domineca Neal claim discrimination in their demotions from vice president to senior director positions in Dallas in 2018, per the Guardian . But they also say... More »

Theater's Offer After 'Humiliating' Incident: 20K Free Tix

The AMC in Metairie, La., also fired 3 employees

(Newser) - Up to 20,000 high schoolers in New Orleans will see the new film Harriet for free after an incident in which a group of women say they were racially profiled at a local theater. NOLA reports more than a dozen members of the 504 Queens, a nonprofit for African... More »

Suit: School Didn't Like Teen's Haircut. Out Came a Sharpie

School staffers said Texas teen's fade haircut violated dress code

(Newser) - A lawsuit against a school district and three white staffers at Texas' Berry Miller Junior High School alleges a dress-code violation ended with a 13-year-old boy being publicly humiliated and subjected to racial discrimination. Per NBC News , Dante Trice and Angela Washington's complaint—which names the Pearland Independent School... More »

Actress Won't Be Returning to Her Lead TV Role

Afton Williamson says she experienced sexual harassment, racial discrimination

(Newser) - An actress is leaving her lead role on ABC's The Rookie, and she says sexual harassment and racial discrimination are to blame. Per the Hollywood Reporter , Afton Williamson announced Sunday on Instagram that she would not be returning to the cop drama, where she starred as training officer Talia... More »

Job Ad: 'Preferably Caucasian'

Cynet Systems is in hot water, apologizing profusely over employment ad posted online

(Newser) - A tech company counting "inclusivity & equality" among its core values is apologizing after one of its job listings requested a "preferably Caucasian" candidate. "How could you POSSIBLY think that's okay?" Florida coder Helena McCabe tweeted to Virginia-based tech recruiting firm Cynet Systems on Saturday, though... More »

Black Teen: My Ex-Coach Wrote Text That 'Sickened' Me

Camille Sturdivant's suit says she was told she was 'too dark' to dance, faced retaliation for complaining

(Newser) - What should have been one of the best years of Camille Sturdivant's life turned into one that left her "sickened." That's per a lawsuit the African-American teen has filed against her former Kansas school district, an ex-dance coach there, and others after she says she was... More »

White Man to Black Neighbor: 'You Don't Live Here'

Now 'Hallway Harry' has gone viral

(Newser) - America, meet "Hallway Harry." That's the online moniker for a white New Yorker who's been caught on video verbally confronting his black neighbor, the New York Times reports. "What are you doing in my building?" the man asks. "You don't live here. I'... More »

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 »

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