Pearland woman accuses Home Depot for workplace discrimination
A Pearland woman is suing Home Depot, alleging several incidences of workplace discrimination.
Gloria Holley filed a lawsuit Sept. 15 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against The Home Depot USA Inc., alleging defamation and discrimination.
According to the complaint, Home Depot hired Holley May 11, 2009, and she worked her way up to assistant store manager. However, the suit says, she was treated differently, especially as compared to Caucasian males, because she has a medical disability and is an African-American female with dark skin.
Holley filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charge against the defendant but that only led to retaliation, the lawsuit says. The plaintiff was fired May 1, 2014.
The plaintiff alleges defamation and discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, and retaliation.
Muslim teacher sues NJ school district for pattern of discrimination over her religion
A Muslim teacher in New Jersey says that she was fired because her religion causes “trouble,” and is suing for ongoing discrimination. The problems began when she showed a video of Malala ‒ the same one a white teacher used with no issues, she claims.
Sireen Hashem, a Muslim-American woman of Palestinian descent, taught US history at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, New Jersey from 2013 until she was fired in April. She filed suit in federal court against Hunterdon County, its Board of Education, the superintendent, the high school, its principal and two teacher supervisors on Monday, Courthouse News Service reported.
Hashem claims she was unfairly singled out because of her religion, told not to “mention Islam in class” and fired “solely because of her heritage and religion,” the lawsuit states.
The trouble arose shortly after Hashem started teaching at Hunterdon. As part of her continuing training, she sat in on another teacher’s history class in October 2013. That educator, Lindsay Wagner, showed a video about Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education who survived an assassination attempt and won the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17, becoming the youngest Nobel laureate in history.
Muslim teacher’s suit claims discrimination at Central from start
A teacher who claims she was fired from Hunterdon Central Regional High School because of her race and religion is suing the district, school board, school officials and Hunterdon County in U.S. District Court in Newark.
Sireen Hashem, an Arab and Palestinian Muslim, claims she was prevented from discussing topics covered by her colleagues and teaching the way her colleagues taught, and was retaliated against for questioning why she was being treated differently.
The suit was filed Monday in federal District Court in Newark. It cites Hunterdon County, the Hunterdon Central Regional Board of Education, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Superintendent Christina Steffner, Principal Suzanne Cooley, and two teachers who supervised her, Robert Zywicki and Rebecca Lucas.
Attorney Omar Mohammedi, who will be representing Hashem along with attorney Clifford Mulqueen, said they “will seek justice for her to the extent possible.
“She was treated poorly and discriminated against,” Mohammedi said. “It’s unfortunate that a student who wrote something about her defaming her was not suspended. She was let go for something she didn’t do.”
Steffner released a statement about the lawsuit late Thursday afternoon.
“Neither the district nor I have been served with a complaint, but I have read some of Ms. Hashem’s allegations against me in the media,” her statement says. “I respect the personnel confidentiality rights of all employees, and it would be inappropriate for me to publicly comment about job performance or personnel matters.
“However, I want to very clearly state that Ms. Hashem’s allegations against me are untrue. I have never made a personnel decision based on any improper purpose. The statements attributed to me are factually wrong, and may even be defamatory. It is unfortunate that the district and I will have to defend this case, but will do so vigorously, so that the real facts may be presented in court. After an appropriate review of the allegations, further comments may be provided.”
Former and current Hunterdon Central Regional High School students have been reacting on social media to Hashem’s termination.
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White House to Convene Muslim and Sikh Leaders to Discuss Discrimination, Violence
Senior White House officials are meeting Monday with American Muslim and Sikh leaders increasingly concerned about violent attacks on members of their communities in supposed retribution following recent terrorist incidents in the U.S. and Paris.
Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Domestic Policy Council director Cecilia Munoz and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes will attend the meeting with the Muslim community, while Ms. Munoz will lead the meeting with Sikh leaders, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
The White House also said it will convene an interfaith conference call with Ms. Jarrett and Melissa Rogers, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. President Barack Obama is not expected to participate in any of the outreach efforts.
Mr. Earnest said the White House would use the outreach to discuss the concerns of the communities and discuss “efforts to combat discrimination and highlight the need for welcoming all faiths and beliefs.”
The meetings come as several Republican candidates have suggested more or less directly that Islam and Muslims are threats to national security. Republican front-runner Donald Trump has called for a ban on Muslims traveling to the U.S. and has suggested he was open to a government registry of Muslims. Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson expressed concerns about electing a Muslim president, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said Christian, but not Muslim, refugees from Syria could be admitted to the U.S.
CNN writer/producer Ricky Blalock files racial discrimination lawsuit
A black CNN writer/producer Ricky L. Blalock filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against CNN in the U.S. Northern District of the Northern District Thursday.
Blalock, 51, who has worked at CNN since 2010, claimed he and other black employees were passed over for promotions.
He said he is the only black writer producer in Atlanta out of more than 75 writer producers at CNN Center.
Blalock filed a similar complaint in August with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and said he was subsequently passed over for a higher level job, which he believes was given to an under-qualified white woman instead.
Blalock, in the lawsuit, said whites were given paid “on the job training” for higher level positions such as copy editor, opportunities he said he was denied.
CNN “intentionally and willfully violated Mr. Blalock’s right to be free from race-based discrimination in his employment,” his lawsuit alleges.
Blalock, who said he has been in the journalism business for 20 years, started a freelance writer for CNN International. He moved to the U.S. side, the lawsuit said, in 2012. He was given a full-time position later that year as a writer/producer, working weekends with Fredricka Whitfield and Mondays and Tuesdays on a mid-day show with Suzanne Malveaux.
Sunset the Discriminatory Provisions in the Visa Waiver Bill
President Obama and Congress should put a time limit on the nationality-based restrictions of the visa waiver reform bill as called for by the ACLU.
On December 8, the House voted to tighten the Visa Waiver Program that lets people from certain countries travel to the U.S. without first obtaining a visa. Democrats Mike Honda, Barbara Lee, John Conyers, Jan Schakowsky, Raul Grijalva, and Keith Ellison were among the Democrats who voted no , citing discriminatory and overbroad provisions, and the lack of a time limit on these provisions.
Rep. Honda said that he voted against this bill “because it unjustly targets individuals based on their nationality” and that he could not “vote for a bill that categorically bars access to the Visa Waiver Program for dual nationals of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, and Iran and people who have traveled in the last 5 years to Iraq and Syria, including humanitarian workers…Under this bill, a French citizen of Syrian descent who has never been to Syria would still fall into this blanket category.” 
Rep. Lee said she shares “the concerns of the ACLU, AILA, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and others that this bill would allow for the discrimination of individuals based on their nationality.” 
Rep. Conyers said, “I believe the provisions in the legislation restricting the use of the visa waiver program to individuals who have traveled to Syria or Iraq or are dual nationals of these or other covered nations – are discriminatory…I also believe the provision should have included a sunset date so we can assess its efficacy.” 
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‘Stop discrimination against HND graduates’
President of the National Association of Polytechnic Student (NAPS) Olugbenga Adeyeye has called on the Federal Government to put an end to the discrimination against polytechnic certificate. Olugbenga spoke during the inauguration of NAPS executive at the Federal Polytechnic in Bida (BIDA POLY), Niger State.
He said it was mischievous to discriminate against polytechnic certificate despite development in technology and technical education. Olugbenga averred that his administration was poised to put an end to the maltreatment of Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate in the job market, stressing that the discrimination had hindered career progression of polytechnic graduates.
The NAPS president appealed to the government to introduce measures that would abolish the dichotomy between Bachelor’s degree and HND. He also called for more investment in polytechnic facilities, noting that the nation required quality technic education to develop its economy.
He said: “In 1992, Britain abolished the polytechnic system, converting all polytechnics to universities and Bachelor’s degree awarding institutions. We can do the same thing in Nigeria. In the United States, there is no discrimination between the polytechnic and university. We can be like them.”
Mark Zuckerberg: If you are Muslim, ‘we will fight to protect your rights’
In a Facebook post, founder and recent dad Mark Zuckerberg has pledged his support to the global Muslim community in the wake of a rising tide of anti-Muslim sentiment worldwide.
“If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you,” Zuckerberg writes.
As Zuckerberg correctly notes, the recent Paris terror attacks and the San Bernardino shooting has resulted in a big backlash, culminating in presidential candidate Donald Trump calling this week for a blanket ban on Muslims in the US.
But Zuckerberg says that he wants no part in it, and will support Muslims on the social network and beyond.
“Having a child has given us so much hope, but the hate of some can make it easy to succumb to cynicism. We must not lose hope,” Zuckerberg writes.
Need to end discrimination against people with HIV: Association of hospitals
On World AIDS day the LGBT community sends a message to the world. In addition to highlighting the numbers in “State of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Charleston”, Lowcountry AIDS Services outlines its plans in 2016 for greater prevention, education and continued free HIV testing at its office and locations around the community. Some of the achievements include increasing the percentage of people living with HIV who are diagnosed from 81 percent to 87 percent, eliminating the AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting lists and modernizing HIV testing and treatment guidelines.
In addition, new HIV infections have been declining, which they have been doing every year sine the mid 1990s, which further resulted in deaths related to AIDS beginning to decrease in the mid 2000s. “However, in contrast to the growing HIV epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s, the last decade has experienced a decline in new HIV infections”, said Mlisana.
During the commemoration the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku, indicated Namibia has been a shining example of what national ownership and political commitment can achieve in the national response to HIV/AIDS. He said Fiji was considered to be a low prevalence country for HIV/AIDS because the estimated number of people living with HIV in Fiji was less than a 1000. It has killed more than 25 million people since the early 1980s.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview as Ghana joined the global community to observe the World AIDS Day, which was marked on December 1; Ms Tawiah noted that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals reflects the interdependence and complexity of a changing world and the imperative for global collective action. “When I was given my diagnosis my HIV and AIDS was considered a death sentence”.
What Is Islamophobia? The History And Definition Of Anti-Muslim Discrimination In The US
One consequence, intentional or not, of Donald Trump’s fiery, discriminatory rhetoric against Muslims is that is has renewed attention to the discrimination Trump espouses: Islamophobia. But what is Islamophobia, exactly?
The word is broad in meaning, often serving as an umbrella term to encapsulate negative sentiments ranging from an individual’s anti-Islam or anti-Muslim views to society-wide discrimination against Muslims. It evokes similar pejorative labels for discrimination against other groups of people, like homophobia or anti-Semitism, civil rights activists said.
“Over the years, our society has decided to use terms that are specific for when you attack a minority. Anti-Semitic, homophobic — those are not terms most people want to be called,” Corey Saylor, head of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., said.
The history and definition of the term Islamophobia can vary, depending on who you ask. According to the Center for Race & Gender at the University of California, Berkeley, the term emerged in 1991, in a report that defined it as “unfounded hostility towards Muslims, and therefore fear or dislike of all or most Muslims.”