Appeals court rules against Minnesota school district in 'landmark' bias case
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that a transgender student at Coon Rapids High School had a right to use the boys’ locker room.Instead, the Anoka-Hennepin School District had directed the student, N.H., to use an “enhanced privacy” bathroom separate from the boys’ locker room in violation of the state’s human rights act, the court said in a decision filed Monday.The state Department of Human Rights called it a landmark ruling.“This decision means that schools are now safer and more welcoming for transgender and gender nonconforming students across Minnesota,” Human...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
In Philadelphia's white suburbs, Black Lives Matter protests both denounced and exposed racism. Will it make a difference?
PHILADELPHIA — For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time that a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on the neck of a Black man named George Floyd, hundreds of people dropped to a knee in a Kennett Square intersection.Naomi Simonson, who organized the event, looked around and wept.She had grown up in Kennett, attended high school steps away, and in her 20 years never knew whether her mostly white neighbors and friends cared about the struggles of Black people like her. The sight of the crowd felt like an answer, she said.“I was looking around to see people I grew up with and thei...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Helen Ubinas: If you don't know by now that Puerto Ricans are US citizens, you're not ignorant. You're racist
Puerto Ricans are citizens of the United States.Yup, we’re doing this again.Without fail, my fellow Boricuas and I have to repeatedly remind folks of that 103-year-old fact.For good or bad (very bad when you consider the systemic, second-class treatment of the island), Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. Puerto Ricans have been American citizens since 1917. For the love of papa Dios, Google it.I’ve had to remind otherwise “smart people” of that too many times to count.I’ve had to set the record straight in casual conversation, in social media interactions with toxic trolls, and in...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Wells Fargo to pay nearly $8 million to resolve hiring discrimination accusations
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Wells Fargo will pay $7.8 million in back wages to settle accusations from the federal government that it discriminated against tens of thousands of Black and female job applicants, the U.S. Department of Labor said.The U.S. Department of Labor alleged that the bank discriminated against 34,193 Black applicants for banking, customer sales and service and administrative support roles in the U.S., the agency said in a news release late Monday.The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs also alleged that the bank discriminated against 308 female applicants fo...
The Charlotte Observer