White Teacher Sues School For Racial Discrimination After Sexual Assault Threat
A white teacher is suing the Hempstead, New York school district for racial discrimination.
News 12 Long Island reports, high school teacher Lynne Albuquerque says a student threatened to sexually assault her in May of last year.
According to the NY Daily News, The student, identified in the suit only by his initials “N.L.,” allegedly threatened Albuquerque in the classroom in May of 2014.
“When I get done ramming you, I’m gonna bag your daughter, then ram the bitch through the whole gang,” N.L. said, according to the suit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Albuquerque’s attorney Steven Morelli says she reported the incident to the school administration, but the student was never punished.
Group says they could have stopped alleged discrimination
Parents say the Spring Cove School District was isolating special-education students and filed a federal lawsuit.
For example, they claim their children were not allowed to eat lunch with the rest of the student body. At gym class they had to change clothes in a storage closet and in library they read Dr. Suess books while their peers worked on the computer.
That district superintendent is now on paid leave. No one from the school would say whether it was connected to this lawsuit.
However, WTAJ News talked to a special education task force. They were appalled about what happened and wished they could’ve stepped in.
Kimberly Capenos, Chairperson, Right to Education Task Force, said, “I was furious. I was really upset to hear those things going on.”
Kimberly Capenos says what the Spring Cove School District allegedly did was wrong, and could have been prevented.
She said, “Had I known any of these things going on, we could have come to the table immediately with the school district.”
Pope Urges US to Reject Discrimination Amid Carson’s Anti-Muslim Remarks
The pontiff’s remarks come after Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson made controversial anti-Muslim remarks, saying that a Muslim should not be able to lead the United States.
Pope Francis added that religious liberty was America’s “most precious processions,” and called on the country to be “vigilant precisely as good citizens to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten for compromises.”
On Tuesday, Pope Francis arrived in the United States for his first visit to the country. The pope and US President Barack Obama are currently meeting at the White House.
During his 6-day visit, the pope will also address a joint meeting of the US Congress and later in the week will give a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York.
Care workers for elderly subject to harassment, racism and discrimination
Migrant workers that are depended on in the home-care sector are subject to extremely challenging working conditions, the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) has said.
Ireland’s rapidly growing elderly population and the unregulated nature of the industry are placing unreasonable demands on workers.
The new review has shown that migrant women from outside the EU are over-represented in the home-care sector and are frequently subject to harassment, racism and discrimination.
Being made to work too many hours and being underpaid have also been identified as issues.
What is being said now?
Collating figures from the Central Statistics Office, the MRCI has said that someone turns 80 years old every 30 minutes in Ireland.
In 2011, 549,300 people in Ireland were aged over 65, a number expected to rise to 1.4 million by 2046.
Illinois bed and breakfast discriminated against same-sex couple
An Illinois bed and breakfast discriminated against a same-sex couple when its owners rejected the pair’s request to hold their civil union ceremony in 2011, according to a ruling this week from the Illinois Human Rights Commission.
In 2011, after Illinois approved civil unions for same-sex couples, Todd and Mark Wathen approached the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton, Ill., to ask about the possibility of holding their civil union ceremony there. Even though Timber Creek advertised its facilities as available for civil weddings and other similar events, the Wathens were rejected due to the owner’s belief that “homosexuality is immoral and unnatural.” A few days later, the owner sent a second email to the Wathens lecturing them about his religious beliefs concerning the “gay lifestyle” and telling them they could change their behavior.
MP wants sexual orientation deleted from anti-discrimination law
TBILISI, DFWatch–A conservative MP from the ruling Georgian Dream coalition wants to make changes to the anti-discrimination law passed by parliament last year which he himself voted for at every hearing.
Soso Jachvliani, an armwrestler, actor and film director, who has been a member of parliament since the 2012 election, submitted a draft bill which will mean removing the following words from the law: “sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.”
This would remove part of the first passage in the law, which describes the aim of eliminating all kinds of discrimination based on skin color, language, sex, citizenship, origins, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity.
Jachvliani, who voted for the anti-discrimination law in parliament at all three hearings, now wants it amended.
In a note explaining the bill, he writes that having those words in the law is a violation of ‘moral standards’ which is damaging to the moral standards of family and society.
MPAC Calls on Fellow Americans to Speak Out Against Anti-Muslim Bigotry
Today, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a national advocacy organization for American Muslims, issued a statement calling on political, media and religious leaders as well as Americans of all backgrounds to take a more public stand against incidents of anti-Muslim bigotry.
MPAC’ s call comes in the wake of two separate Islamophobic incidents that occurred this week alone. Earlier this week, Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed brought a clock to school that he was proud to have made on his own, and was arrested at school for what police falsely suspected as a bomb.
Last night at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump failed to challenge an attendee who identified Muslims as a growing problem in this country and suggested to “get rid of them.”
MU student leader voices concern about discrimination on campus
University of Missouri student Payton Head said he was called a racial slur on campus last week and that the experience reminded him why he got involved with student government.
As Head walked through campus near Hitt Street last Friday night, he said, a group of guys riding on the back of a pickup truck started screaming the slur at him.
Head created a Facebook post — which was shared more than 1,500 times this week — about his experience and gave examples of other instances of racism he has heard from students during his time at MU.
“This happens to students all the time,” Head said in an interview. “I talked about … what it means to be transgender and to be spit on walking down Ninth Street … or holding hands in a same-sex relationship and having people throw drinks at you. It sickens me … that people think this kind of behavior is OK.”
Head is president of the Missouri Students Association, MU’s undergraduate student government. He said he ran for MSA after a similar experience he had while walking through Greektown in spring 2014.
PHRC offers new videos to educate public on types of discrimination
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) today published eight videos that provide a brief overview about the types of discrimination that are addressed by the Commission.
These videos are now available to the public and can be found on the PHRC website under “PHRC News and Announcements.” The videos are also available in Spanish.
The explanatory videos are part of the PHRC’s efforts to reach out to the public and further educate Pennsylvanians about the services that the agency offers.
“It is the goal of the PHRC to educate the public about policies such as the PA Human Relations Act, which protects Pennsylvanians from discrimination, and the requirement under the PA Fair Educational Opportunities Act for fair educational opportunities for all Pennsylvania students,” said JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the PHRC. “The Commission created these videos in the hopes of further disseminating our mission and message across the Commonwealth.”
Microsoft Slapped With Gender Discrimination Lawsuit
Microsoft Corp on Wednesday was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit in U.S. court claiming its policy of ranking employees to determine pay and promotions led to discrimination against women.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle, Washington by former technician Katherine Moussouris, who claims she was passed over for promotions given to less-qualified men and was told supervisors did not like her “manner or style.”
Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft gives employees numerical rankings based on performance evaluations, according to the lawsuit, and routinely gave female workers lower ratings based on subjective criteria.
“Microsoft systematically undervalues the efforts and achievements of its female technical employees,” said Adam Klein of well-known employment law firm Outten & Golden in New York, one of the firms representing Moussouris.