May 14, 2015 |
P ATRICIA ARQUETTE made a big deal of the country's male-female pay disparity during her acceptance speech at this year's Oscars. Hopefully, folks in the audience listened, because the American Civil Liberties Union is asking federal and California civil-rights agencies to investigate what it calls "the systemic failure" to hire female directors in the entertainment industry. The ACLU of Southern California and the national ACLU Women's Rights Project said yesterday that they were moved to act after compiling statistical evidence of "dramatic disparities" in the hiring of women as film and TV directors.
April 8, 2015 |
The national controversy that clouded the run-up to a Final Four that concluded Monday night in Indianapolis wasn't the first collision between basketball and civil-rights politics. In Louisiana in 1956, as in Indiana 59 years later, a four-team basketball tournament involving a favored Kentucky team was engulfed in a political storm, though the divisive issue then was race and not sexual preference. And as in Indiana, where a recent religious-freedom law was widely seen as discriminatory against homosexuals, the Louisiana dispute involved changing cultural mores, a conservative legislature, worried civic and business leaders and, ultimately, government intervention that saved the event.
February 25, 2015 |
Entertainment Studios Networks Inc., a California company that calls itself a "100 percent African American-owned media company," has sued Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., claiming the cable firms have engaged in racial discrimination by failing to distribute its cable channels. Also named as defendants in the suit, filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles, were the Rev. Al Sharpton, the National Urban League, and the NAACP. The suit, which seeks $20 billion in damages, claims that Sharpton and the civil rights groups entered into "sham" diversity agreements with Comcast that worked to the detriment of Entertainment Studios.
January 15, 2015 |
To prevent discrimination in Coatesville schools, district officials agreed Tuesday to continue the reforms they have started, implement others to ensure fair treatment of students and staff, and continue to work with outside agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice. "It is of utmost importance to us that we move forward in a way that honors and builds up the great strength of the racial diversity in our school district and community," said Cathy Taschner, superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District.
December 31, 2014 |
A FORMER employee of ABM Janitorial Services claims in a lawsuit that he was discriminated against by the company because of his faith, race and disability. Vincent Danao, 49, of Logan, became a Hebrew Israelite in 2007. He said yesterday that after he did so, "I just began getting harassed and everything. " His lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia last month, contends that Danao faced hostility, got dumped with more work, was falsely criticized for his performance and was placed under increased scrutiny after he made his new religion known.
December 10, 2014 |
AN ISLAMIC advocacy organization is suing a Bucks County township for discrimination after the town's zoning board rejected an application to erect a mosque. According to the lawsuit filed yesterday by CAIR-Philadelphia in federal court, Bensalem Township is demonstrating "burdensome, discriminatory and unreasonable land use regulations" by blocking local Muslims' ability to build a mosque. The proposed Islamic worship site would be the first in the suburban town just north of Philadelphia.
October 31, 2014 |
A GROUP OF Cheyney University alumni, students and other advocates yesterday called for more funding for the nation's oldest historically black college and have filed a federal lawsuit against state and federal officials. The group, called "Heeding Cheyney's Call," contends that the state school has been a victim of decades-long discrimination. Cheyney "now has an all-time-low student enrollment and an all-time-high budget deficit," lawyer and advocate Michael Coard, a Cheyney alumnus, said at a news conference in front of the federal courthouse on Market Street near 7th. "What's the cause of that?"
August 20, 2014 |
AN ACADEMIC ADVISER at Temple University's College of Science and Technology is using a former supervisor's doctoral writings as evidence in a federal lawsuit alleging he was denied a promotion because of race. Kenneth L. Ruff, who is African-American, filed the suit yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ruff's suit said he was the only African-American among five advisers in October 2010, when the academic advising program was reorganized.
January 21, 2014
AND NOW, just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, another bright idea from the Pennsylvania Legislature. A 10-year-veteran Lancaster County lawmaker wants to amend the state Constitution to free us all from the burdens of anti-discrimination laws. You could say he has a dream. Republican Rep. Gordon Denlinger, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy, an elder in the Zeltenreich Reformed Church of New Holland, Pa., is circulating a memo seeking co-sponsors for his effort.
December 19, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - In a marked shift toward the political center, Gov. Corbett said Tuesday that he would support legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Corbett, who has previously staked out conservative positions on social issues, told The Inquirer that he was "coming out in support" of the bill after learning that federal law does not cover discrimination in the state. "I've had people come and talk to me about how they were discriminated against," said Corbett, who served for eight years as the state's attorney general.