June 10, 2016 |
SANDRA HOLMAN BACOTE worked for 29 years fighting discrimination in Pennsylvania. And she also danced with South African Nobel Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a family member said. "She was at some event where she danced with Desmond Tutu," recalled niece Diane Davis, who described a photo of the two. "This was the aunt everybody wanted," Davis said. Mrs. Bacote, 75, who grew up in North Philadelphia and became regional director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, died Saturday, June 4, after an illness.
April 30, 2016
By David Neumark An aging population, coupled with low employment rates among Americans older than 62, poses severe challenges to the long-term sustainability of Social Security. Numerous reforms have been proposed to extend their working lives, including raising the retirement age. Such reforms may be unlikely to gain traction - not because people are so eager to retire, but because age discrimination sharply limits job opportunities. After decades of debate, most labor economists today accept that discrimination has played a role in limiting job opportunities for minorities and women.
January 17, 2016
In 2008 and 2010, Vanguard settled two lawsuits brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the firm's alleged racial discrimination against African American employees*. The claims were settled for $500,000 and $300,000. Here is a breakdown of some other suits and an EEOC complaint filed against the company since then: Year Plaintiff(s)
December 16, 2015 |
A former top administrator and principal at String Theory Schools has filed a federal suit alleging the charter operator discriminated against her and wrongfully terminated her because of her age. Gail H. Avicolli contends that shortly after the School Reform Commission renewed the five-year operating agreement for the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School in January, 2014, founder Angela Corosanite and son Jason, the chief operating officer,...
June 25, 2014 |
As expected, the organizations that set national organ allocation policy on Monday permanently adopted the temporary rule change that enabled then-10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square to receive adult lungs a year ago. In a statement, the board of directors of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing said the change would expand access only "for a very limited group of young lung transplant candidates....
June 24, 2013 |
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Delaware County girl who underwent a double-lung transplant after a national debate over the waiting-list process, has awakened from a medically induced coma and is communicating by nodding, her family said Saturday. Sarah's aunt, Sharon Ruddock, said the girl stays awake for brief periods and responds to questions by nodding to indicate yes or no. "She's still intubated and awake off and on," Ruddock said. "She's doing well, and we're excited.
June 24, 2013 |
Arthur R. Tilson thoroughly enjoys being a Montgomery County judge. He likes figuring out a tough legal question, helping negotiate a settlement, dealing with lawyers. It's satisfying work, he said, a bit like solving a complicated crossword puzzle. But Tilson, a Common Pleas Court judge since 2001, will be out of a job at the end of the year simply because he is now 70, the mandatory retirement age for state court judges in Pennsylvania. And that, he believes, is unfair.
June 19, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's highest court on Monday unanimously rejected a challenge to a constitutional provision that requires judges to retire by the end of the year in which they turn 70. The state Supreme Court ruled on two lawsuits filed by judges who argued that the mandatory-retirement provision, part of a 1968 amendment, conflicted with an older section of the constitution that bars age discrimination. Writing for the majority, Justice Thomas Saylor said, "Theoretically at least there is some possibility that a constitutional amendment might impinge on inherent, inalienable rights otherwise recognized in the constitution itself.
June 12, 2013 |
After weeks of pleas from the family of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square, the organization that sets national organ-transplant policy voted late Monday to temporarily improve children's access to adolescent and adult donor lungs, despite criticizing a federal judge for doing the same thing for her. The executive committee of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network met to consider whether children under 12 were being treated...
April 25, 2013
Learning outside the classroom Despite a continual emphasis on test preparation, many Philadelphia schools nurture students' "grit, zest, self-control, curiosity, and resilience" ("Reading and writing and GRIT," April 10). Moreover, skilled teachers can turn everyday disappointments into opportunities to cultivate perseverance and optimism. That said, expectations of teachers are expanding while critical resources diminish. Given the current school-day constraints, Inquirer readers should keep in mind that after-school, summer, youth development, and out-of-school programs are purposefully designed to exercise students' curiosity, resilience, inquiry, and patience.