- Massachusetts House to debate transgender rights bill Updated: May-30-16 2:51 pm
BOSTON - The Massachusetts House is preparing to debate a bill that would ban discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations like restaurants, malls and other locations.
- Students accused in campus sex assaults target federal rules Updated: May-28-16 1:27 pm
ATLANTA - As colleges face increasing pressure to aggressively investigate reports of sex assaults, some critics say the rights of the accused are being trampled. Now they want federal guidance on the issue to be tossed out.
- Poliquin votes for LGBT rights fpr federal contractors Updated: May-26-16 12:16 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine has reversed an earlier vote in supporting an executive order that bars federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
- Fight over LGBT rights scuttles energy spending bill Updated: May-26-16 11:22 am
WASHINGTON - A $37 billion bill to fund the Energy Department and water projects has crashed in the House, scuttled by a fight over LGBT rights.
- Lawsuit alleges Yakima employee was fired for old age Updated: May-26-16 2:19 am
YAKIMA, Washington - A 64-year-old man has filed a $1 million lawsuit alleging he was fired by the city of Yakima because of his age and related salary incentives.
- AG: Edwards' anti-discrimination order not binding legally Updated: May-25-16 3:44 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An LGBT rights anti-discrimination order issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards has "no binding legal effect," according to opinion released Wednesday by Attorney General Jeff Landry's office.
- Police: Iowa woman on driving test forced to view sex images Updated: May-25-16 2:48 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa Department of Transportation driving instructor forced a customer to view sexually explicit photos and videos of himself during an exam and then threatened her to keep quiet, authorities said Wednesday.
- Wisconsin company sued over break policy for Muslim workers Updated: May-25-16 1:47 pm
BRILLION, Wisconsin - A civil liberties group representing Muslim employees of a Wisconsin manufacturer has filed a religious discrimination complaint against the company for not allowing extra break time for prayer.
- Newport Beach, Orange County officials honor John Wayne Updated: May-25-16 1:11 pm
SANTA ANA, California - Orange County supervisors and the Newport Beach City Council each took time to honor John Wayne - a month after the state Assembly defeated a resolution to mark the day the late actor was born after debate over decades-old racist comments.
- Euro Disney goes on trial for alleged hiring discrimination Updated: May-25-16 1:08 pm
PARIS - The Euro Disney group went on trial in France on Wednesday for publishing an allegedly discriminatory job ad a decade ago requesting that candidates have "European citizenship" to work as parade artists at its famous Disneyland Paris theme park.
- Williston company settles federal racial discrimination suit Updated: May-25-16 10:31 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A Williston-based oil field service company will pay $250,000 to a worker it fired after he complained of harassment to settle a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- College teacher who used racial slur in class fired Updated: May-24-16 11:53 am
LAWRENCE, Kansas - A white University of Kansas assistant professor who used a racial slur during a class discussion on race said the school won't renew her contract after the next academic year.
- High court ruling helps federal workers file job bias claims Updated: May-23-16 10:40 am
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is making it easier for federal workers to file employment discrimination lawsuits after quitting their jobs over conditions they consider intolerable.
- Suit seeks testimony from ex-Texas coach Mack Brown, others Updated: May-22-16 11:06 am
AUSTIN, Texas - A former University of Texas track coach's sex and race discrimination lawsuit has new life, and her lawyers are still pursuing long-sought testimony from former football coach Mack Brown and prominent current and former administrators as they dig into one of college sports' highest-profile athletic departments.
- Lawsuit filed against Naples for age, sex discrimination Updated: May-22-16 4:22 am
NAPLES, Florida - A federal class action lawsuit says the City of Naples used an unwritten policy of targeting older female workers for termination when the city discriminated against and fired three veteran female employees.
- Editorials from around New England Updated: May-21-16 11:54 am
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:
- Poliquin votes against LGBT measure that failed by 1 vote Updated: May-19-16 6:20 pm
WASHINGTON - Freshman Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine is coming under fire for voting against a measure that would've barred federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees.
- Investigative firm discounts Rutherford harassment claim Updated: May-19-16 5:30 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An investigator hired by then-state Treasurer Dan Rutherford to review a former employee's allegations of sexual harassment by the one-time gubernatorial hopeful found no evidence of harassment or retaliation, according to a copy of the review obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.
- House committee defeats equal pay bill supported by governor Updated: May-19-16 4:53 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House handed Gov. John Bel Edwards a significant defeat for his legislative agenda Thursday, rejecting an equal pay bill that had been a cornerstone of Edwards' campaign for governor.
- Officer fired for inebriation sues town for discrimination Updated: May-19-16 2:09 pm
FAIRHAVEN, Massachusetts - A former Fairhaven police officer who was fired after the town said he was under the influence of alcohol on duty has sued the town over his termination.
- Commission: Auraria discriminates against Spanish-speaking Updated: May-19-16 1:50 am
DENVER - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found that Spanish-speaking janitors at the Auraria Campus in Denver have been discriminated against based on their national origin and limited English proficiency.
- GOP-led House decisively approves $602 billion defense bill Updated: May-18-16 10:31 pm
WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House voted convincingly Wednesday to approve a $602 billion defense policy bill after rejecting attempts by Democrats to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to repeal the war powers President Barack Obama relies on to fight the Islamic State.
- Kansas prosecutor denies sexist comments in employee lawsuit Updated: May-18-16 6:01 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Claims of sexual and racial discrimination raised in a lawsuit by two former employees are inaccurate and unsubstantiated, Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said Wednesday.
- Editorials from around New York Updated: May-18-16 12:28 pm
Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers:
- Transgender 'milestones' took decades; more lawsuits likely Updated: May-18-16 3:28 am
WASHINGTON - With two milestone developments in the federal government's policy on gender issues, last week was heady for transgender people and advocates.