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Walmart’s women workers take case to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a potentially landmark labor case on whether 1.5 million women employed by retail giant Wal-Mart can file a discrimination lawsuit as one unified group. Female workers at the company, which is America’s largest employer, claim that over the years,…

Employees accuse Bayer of sex discrimination

NEW YORK – Six former and current employees of a U.S. unit of Bayer AG filed a class-action lawsuit against the company on Monday, alleging gender discrimination in pay, promotions and the treatment of pregnant women and mothers. The lawsuit, filed against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey federal court,…

GOP leader John Boehner vows to eliminate ‘net neutrality’

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) vowed Monday to eliminate net neutrality rules recently enacted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), referring to the regulations as a “government takeover of the Internet.” “Right now, freedom and free expression are under attack by a power structure in Washington populated with…

Court to look at huge Wal-Mart sex bias lawsuit

High court to hear Wal-Mart appeal to throw out a massive lawsuit claiming sex discrimination The Supreme Court will consider whether to keep alive the largest job discrimination case in U.S. history, a lawsuit against Wal-Mart that grew from a half-dozen women to a class action that could involve billions…

Republicans vote unanimously against equal pay for women bill

Senate Republicans voted unanimously Wednesday against a bill that would work to ensure fair pay for women, the Paycheck Fairness Act. The vote was 58-41. Despite the Senate having majority support, Democrats couldn’t muster the 60 votes they needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. Several Republicans who voted for another…

Howard Dean: Individual mandate will disappear

The individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance will disappear before health care reform is fully implemented in 2014, Howard Dean said Friday. The former Democratic Party chairman and vocal champion of health care reform told MSNBC that “by the time this thing goes into effect in 2014, I…

911 call on Conn. shooting shows racial disparity

911 call reveals racial disparity at Conn. beer distributor where driver went on fatal rampage. A woman hiding under her desk tells an emergency dispatcher that a co-worker is in the midst of a shooting spree. The dispatcher presses for any information about the man. “I don’t know anything,” the…

Justice gives AZ sheriff deadline in civil rights probe

The Justice Department says an Arizona sheriff known for his efforts against illegal immigrants has refused to cooperate with a civil rights investigation and the department is threatening to sue. Since March 2009, the U.S. Justice Department has been investigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office in Phoenix for alleged…

UN experts says Arizona law violates international human rights treaty

Arizona’s new law on illegal immigration could violate international standards that are binding in the United States, six U.N. human rights experts said Tuesday. The basic human rights regulations, signed by the U.S. and many other nations, regard issues such as discrimination and the terms under which a person can…

Arizona vandals smear swastika made of refried beans into Capitol doors

Mexican president calls Arizona law on immigrants ‘racial discrimination’ Vandals smeared a swastika made of refried beans into the glass doors of Arizona’s State Capitol building, police in Phoenix told local media Monday. “While it first looked like mud on the doors, it turned out be refried beans,” reported the…

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