- Court sides with Iowa City in 12-year dispute with landlord Updated: May-22-15 5:17 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Officials in Iowa City did not violate a landlord's constitutional rights by enforcing an employment discrimination ordinance that was later ruled invalid, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.
- Fired Rutherford employees seek back pay, threaten lawsuit Updated: May-21-15 3:02 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Three ex-state employees who claim former Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired them 10 months ago in retaliation for providing damaging evidence in a sexual harassment investigation are threatening legal action unless the state gives them back pay and scrubs personnel records of the misconduct charges used to show them the door, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
- Marsh: Religious freedom bills targeting gays likely dead Updated: May-21-15 1:46 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate says he believes religious freedom bills that target gays and lesbians are likely dead for the session.
- Woman sues Red Robin, says she was fired for opposing racism Updated: May-19-15 5:47 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A northern Idaho woman is suing the national restaurant chain Red Robin in federal court because she says she was fired for complaining about racist hiring practices.
- Female employees file lawsuit against Iowa police chief Updated: May-18-15 5:21 pm
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Three women have filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the West Des Moines police chief, claiming they were fired or overlooked for promotions because of their gender.
- NY AG takes on transgender discrimination in health care Updated: May-15-15 2:29 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York's attorney general has started a program to ensure transgender individuals have equal access to health care.
- San Francisco police under fire for racist, homophobic texts Updated: May-15-15 12:50 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - The original charges were shocking: Six San Francisco police officers were accused of stealing from drug dealers. Then federal prosecutors released racist and homophobic text messages.
- UN: France must do more to stop racism, refugee abuse Updated: May-15-15 8:56 am
PARIS - The U.N. human rights office says France is not doing enough to stop racism against minorities in poor suburbs or to prevent abuse of Roma people and migrants seeking asylum.
- Lawmakers avoid vote on employee anti-discrimination bill Updated: May-14-15 9:32 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - More than a dozen opponents of a bill that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbian workers in Nebraska refused to cast votes during debate Thursday, quietly halting any further action on the issue in 2015.
- MSU-Northern dean awarded $75,000 in retaliation case Updated: May-14-15 6:07 pm
HAVRE, Montana - A state hearings officer has awarded $75,000 in damages for emotional distress to a dean at Montana State University-Northern who said he was retaliated against after he told the former provost to stop touching him and filed a sexual harassment complaint.
- Arkansas town's vote opens fight over law cast as anti-gay Updated: May-13-15 3:02 pm
EUREKA SPRINGS, Arkansas - A northwest Arkansas town's vote to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity could pave the way for a legal fight over a new state law criticized as anti-gay.
- Directors' guild blames studios, networks for gender bias Updated: May-12-15 10:58 pm
- Some LGBT residents critical of Utah anti-discrimination law Updated: May-12-15 8:43 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A Mormon church-backed anti-discrimination law that protects gay and transgender people and religious rights took effect Tuesday amid skepticism from some LGBT residents over whether it lives up to its promises.
- Church: Fired pregnant teacher can't sue for discrimination Updated: May-12-15 3:28 pm
HELENA, Montana - A Montana Catholic schoolteacher fired for having a baby out of wedlock can't sue because she led her classes in prayer and participated in other religious activities that prevent her from filing a discrimination claim, attorneys for the school said.
- Officer body cameras, hundreds of other laws take effect Updated: May-12-15 1:11 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Police in Utah are required to use body cameras when using force to execute search warrants - one of nearly 400 new laws that take effect Tuesday.
- Appeals court revives portion of SC racial bias lawsuit Updated: May-11-15 4:23 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A federal appeals court says black employees at a South Carolina steel mill can pursue a class-action lawsuit claiming racial discrimination in promotions.
- Drug suspect wants case tossed after arresting officer fired Updated: May-11-15 8:10 am
WATERBURY, Connecticut - An attorney for a Waterbury man who pleaded guilty to drug and weapons crimes is seeking to have his conviction thrown out after the arresting officer was fired.
- Pittsburgh settling ACLU police hiring bias suit for $1.6M Updated: May-07-15 2:29 pm
PITTSBURGH - The city has agreed to pay nearly $1.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union three years ago that claimed police hiring policies discriminated against blacks.
- Study: Top tech firms bypassing Asian workers for exec jobs Updated: May-06-15 3:38 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Google, Yahoo and other major technology companies are far more inclined to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives, according to a study released Wednesday.
- Residents lobby Jonesboro panel to add protections for gays Updated: May-06-15 2:20 pm
JONESBORO, Arkansas - A group of people, including two ministers, are lobbying the Jonesboro City Council to consider an anti-discrimination ordinance extending protections for gay and lesbian city employees.
- Hot Springs passes LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance Updated: May-06-15 7:07 am
HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas - The Hot Springs Board of Directors has passed an ordinance that would prohibit the city and its vendors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Federal suit cites religious discrimination in Maine diner Updated: May-06-15 6:55 am
WALDOBORO, Maine - A former employee of a popular Maine diner has filed a federal lawsuit in which she claims her employer discriminated against her for not following his religious beliefs.
- NY enacting workplace pregnancy rights Updated: May-06-15 3:04 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's Assembly has passed bills intended to ensure workplace rights for pregnant employees and prohibit sexual harassment at even the smallest businesses.
- Gay leaders happy even with anti-discrimination bill failing Updated: May-05-15 2:34 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Advocates of gay rights say no matter what happens to an anti-discrimination bill that Democrats managed to get to the House floor, this has been a surprisingly quiet legislative session for gay issues.
- Bill would offer more relief in pay discrimination cases Updated: May-05-15 1:25 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a measure that would offer more relief to victims of pay discrimination.