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Discriminating Lenders, or Just Discrimination? May 20, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, American Indians, Black, Blacks, Card, civil rights law, ethnic group discrimination, Fair Housing Act, fair-housing complaints, housing discrimination, housing racism, Indian reservations, Lawsuit, lender discrimination, mortgage discrimination, mortgage loans, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Native Americans, NovaStar Financial, NovaStar Financial discrimination, people with disabilities, racism discrimination, Richard Johnson, The National Community Reinvestment Coalition.
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When mortgage lenders refuse to write loans on central-city rowhouses, does that violate federal fair-housing rules?

What about refusing to write mortgages on houses in a community dominated by an ethnic group? Or not offering mortgage loans for houses that may be used in part to accommodate disabled adults?

Just how much protection do fair-lending and other civil rights laws provide to mortgage applicants who are rejected not because of their credit scores or financial capacities but possibly because of the location, type or potential use of their homes?

A major consumer group is mounting a campaign aimed at nailing down the answers. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition filed lawsuit May 9 against NovaStar Mortgage, a subsidiary of publicly traded NovaStar Financial, based in Kansas City, Mo. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the District, charges that NovaStar has repeatedly violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to offer mortgages on rowhouses in downtown Baltimore, on homes on Indian reservations anywhere in the country, and on houses that may be used in part to shelter and care for disabled adults.

Such bans have “no business justification,” according to the suit, and illegally discriminate against African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and people with disabilities.

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Laid Off Employees Sue Circuit City For Age Discrimination April 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Age Discrimination, Circuit City, Circuit City Age discrimination, Circuit City Lawsuit, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Daniel Weidler, Discriminate, Discrimination, Eloise Garcia, Lawsuit, Michael Yezback.
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Three Circuit City employees laid off last week have sued the electronics retailer, alleging it violated California law prohibiting age discrimination. Daniel Weidler, Michael Yezback and Eloise Garcia, who worked at the Circuit City store in Oxnard, also alleged wrongful termination in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The suit, which seeks class action status, names Richmond-based Circuit City Stores Inc. as the defendant.

The company, facing larger competitors and falling sales, said last week that it would immediately lay off 3,400 workers earning “well above the market-based salary range for their role” and replace them with lower-paid new hires. Five of those workers are in our area.

The laid-off workers would get a severance package and a chance to reapply for their former jobs, at lower pay, after 10 weeks, the company said.

Weidler, Yezback, and Garcia claimed they were let go because they were better paid than other workers thanks to their higher seniority at the store.

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Arab Drivers Win Right To Pursue Discrimination Case Against FedEx March 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arab, Arabs, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Discrimination against Arabs, discrimination policy, FedEx, Islam, Islamic, Lawsuit, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Osama bin Laden, Racism against Arabs, Terrorist, Terrorists.
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Four Arab-American drivers who claim they were harassed by their FedEx supervisors in Massachusetts have won the right to pursue their case. The men say they were called “terrorists” and asked if they were sending money to Osama bin Laden.

FedEx argued that the four were independent contractors and weren’t eligible for protections under the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination denied that objection saying the drivers were employees.

The four foreign-born drivers are Massachusetts residents and practicing Muslims.

The lawsuit claims the company’s ground package unit and two of its terminal supervisors engaged in a pattern of racial, ethnic and religious discrimination.

A FedEx spokesman declined to comment on the case, but did say FedEx doesn’t tolerate behavior that violates their discrimination policy.

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Wal-Mart discrimination case will go to trial February 7, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in benefits, Card, CARD Sexism, Carl Tobias, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Civil Rights, corporate policy of discrimination, discrimination lawusit, female, females, Joseph Sellers, Lawsuit, sex bias, Sexism, sexism against women, sexism lawsuit, Supreme Court, Wal-Mart lawsuit, Wal-Mart sexism, Wal-Mart sexist, Women, work discrimination.
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Appeals court expands class-action suit that could include 2 million women

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the biggest U.S. private employer, lost a bid to prevent 2 million current and former female workers from proceeding as a group with sex bias claims in the largest employment lawsuit in U.S. history.

A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday upheld a 2004 lower court ruling granting class-action status to a lawsuit accusing Wal-Mart of paying women less than men and giving them fewer promotions. That ruling expanded the suit, originally filed by six women, to include all women who worked at Wal-Mart stores from December 1998 to the present, excluding upper management and pharmacy workers.  With the decision, women employed during that period at Delaware’s eight Wal-Mart stores are now included in the suit. The company employs 4,056 workers in the state.

The court’s 2-1 decision is a blow to Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart, which is facing more than 200 federal lawsuits by employees. While the workers still have to prove their claims at a trial, the ruling provides leverage for a settlement. The workers are seeking billions in back pay and punitive damages, court-ordered changes in Wal-Mart’s practices and independent monitoring.

“Expert opinions, factual evidence, statistical evidence and anecdotal evidence present significant proof of a corporate policy of discrimination,” the appeals court said.  The potential number of women covered by the case, originally about 1.5 million, had grown to about 1.6 million by the time of the class certification decision in 2004, according to plaintiffs’ lawyers. The number of former and current women workers who could be part of the class is now closer to 2 million, said Joseph Sellers, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

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Totebag Suit Against Angels Dismissed February 7, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in baseball game, Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Jonathan Cannon, Lawsuit, Mother's Day, Sexism, tote bags, Totebag, Totebag Suit.
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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming the Angels discriminated against men by giving tote bags to women during a Mother’s Day baseball game.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Cannon ruled Thursday that the giveaway was not biased against men and that the May 8, 2005, event was a way to honor mothers.

The lawsuit, filed by Los Angeles psychologist Michael Cohn, claimed thousands of men and fans under age 18 were each entitled to $4,000 in damages because they were treated unfairly. Women over 18 received the gifts that day.

An after-hours call to Cohn’s attorney, Alfred Rava, was not immediately returned.

The suit named as defendants Angels Baseball, the corporate name for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Corinthian Colleges, the parent company of the giveaway’s sponsor, Bryman College.

An Angels spokesman said the team has changed its policy since the 2005 promotion. Last year, the team gave tote bags to the first 25,000 fans who came to the Mother’s Day game, spokesman Tim Mead said, adding the Angels sent Cohn four tote bags after receiving a complaint letter from him.

A hearing was set for Feb. 15 to determine attorney’s fees and costs stemming from the lawsuit.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: ABC News

Lawsuit Questions Gay Roommate Preference February 1, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Gay, Gay Roommate Preference, Heterophobic, Heterophobic Discrimination, Heterosexual, Homosexual, homosexual Roommate Preference, Lawsuit.
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Everyone knows finding a roommate is an exercise in futility-when it’s not a real-live reality show, “Weirdoes of the World.” In New York especially, where rents have reached, as the New York Times put it (in an article about the booming business in private detectives ratting out people renting under false premises), rents have reached “the exosphere,” finding a roommate is a not-so-small cottage industry.

That’s why a recent case in California’s Ninth Circuit Court in Pasadena is raising eyebrows. The case brings up a host of issues about stating specific preferencing in roommate ads, not least of which is sexual orientation.

The suit alleges that advertising such preferences is, in fact, discriminatory and violates longstanding and sacrosanct federal Fair Housing statutes. The Fair Housing Council’s of the San Fernando Valley and San Diego against Roommates.com filed the suit. Although it has yet to be decided, both housing groups have been looking at Craig’s List ads as well.

They’ll probably find plenty to buttress their argument. Craig’s List’s roommate ads have become notorious for the finicky and sometimes downright kinky specifications.

According to the Ninth Circuit lawsuit, if a straight woman were to advertise that she is seeking a gay male roommate, it could be seen as potentially discriminatory towards applicants who aren’t gay males. For the record, Craig’s List posts “stating a discriminatory housing post is illegal” at the top of its real estate pages.

On any given day in New York, however, a city that is universally acknowledged to be bursting at the seams, thousands of people are looking for a place to live. For those without the means to afford their own space-and in New York’s hyperinflated real estate market-that includes many, many more souls than anywhere else in the United States-finding a roommate with an apartment and lease is often their only hope.

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Pleasantville school official alleges reverse racism by school board January 31, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Anti-White, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit, Pleasantville school, Racism, Racist, reverse racism, Van Syoc, White, Whites.
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A longtime school district official is suing the Board of Education for alleged reverse discrimination, claiming the board puts race above qualifications in its hiring practices. Ben Mora, who is white, claims the board has “demonstrated a clear pattern of discrimination against Caucasians and in favor of minority candidates for key administrative positions over approximately the last 15 years,” according to the lawsuit filed last week.

Mora is currently the district’s director of funded programs.

“They’ve been looking past objective qualifications, including the minimum legal requirements, and hiring people who aren’t qualified for these positions based, apparently, on their skin color,” said Clifford Van Syoc, who is representing Mora. “It’s wrong. It’s unlawful.”

None of the past five superintendents has been white, and the district went 15 years before hiring a white candidate as a principal at any of its schools, the suit claims.

Board President Jayson Adams said he has not seen the suit, but defended the board’s hiring practices, saying there is no discrimination. “If there’s an accusation of reverse discrimination in the school district, overall the highest-paid administrators are not minorities,” he said.

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Wal-Mart greeter sues for discrimination January 30, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Barbara Flory, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Discrimination against people with disabilities, Discrimination against the disabled, Lawsuit.
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A disabled U.S. Wal-Mart greeter has filed a complaint alleging discrimination against her because she wanted to sit on a stool for a few minutes each hour.

Barbara Flory, 66, of Anchorage, Alaska, is partially paralyzed and has back problems.

She filed a discrimination complaint against Wal-Mart with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.

She also asked a U.S. judge to put her back to work after Wal-Mart put her on unpaid medical six months ago until the employment commission evaluates her discrimination claim.

Flory says Wal-Mart denied her repeated requests to sit on a stool for a few minutes each hour and to push fewer carts.

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Century 21 Denies Discrimination Allegations January 28, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Black, Blacks, Card, Century 21, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, fair housing, Lawsuit, National Fair Housing Alliance, racial steering, Racism, Racist, White, Whites.
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A Detroit-area franchisee of Century 21 real estate has denied allegations of racial discrimination. It’s an update to a story we first brought you on 6 News a 11.

The National Fair Housing Alliance filed a federal lawsuit against Century 21 Town and Country. It alleges that agents showed African-American homebuyers homes in primarily black neighborhoods, and white homebuyers in primarily white neighborhoods. Franchisee owner John Kersten says his office strongly opposes racial steering or discrimination, and has an “excellent record of supporting fair housing.”

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: WLNS.com

Virginia State University settles discrimination suit January 28, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Eddie Moore, Eric Thomas, Free Speech, Freedom of Speech, Harris Butler, historically black college, Jean Cobbs, Lawsuit, Virginia State, VSU.
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RICHMOND, Va. Virginia State University has agreed to pay 600-thousand dollars to a professor who says she was fired in part for holding conservative political viewpoints.

Harris Butler The Third is representing Jean Cobbs. He says the agreement was reached in a January Ninth conference.In a November 2005 suit, Cobbs claimed she was denied her rights to free speech and association when she was fired. Cobbs says V-S-U President Eddie Moore Junior and Provost Eric Thomas retaliated against her for testifying several years ago in a lawsuit filed by a faculty member who claimed the historically black school discriminated against him for being white.The plaintiffs won that lawsuit and awards of more than one million dollars.

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Stonewall Jackson, 74, sues Grand Ole Opry, claiming age discrimination January 12, 2007

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Country music legend Stonewall Jackson, 74, is claiming that age discrimination by the Grand Ole Opry’s general manager has kept him off the stage.

Jackson filed a $10 million lawsuit Thursday in federal court against the general manager, Pete Fisher, and the Opry’s owner, Gaylord Entertainment Co.

Jackson has been a member of the show since 1956. He had a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s, including the No. 1 songs “Waterloo” and “B.J. the D.J.”

Jackson claims his appearances on the show declined after Fisher was hired in 1998. Jackson said he approached Fisher on several occasions and was told, “I don’t want any gray hairs on that stage or in the audience, and before I’m done there won’t be any,” and, “You’re too old and too country.”

The company said that Jackson’s allegations were a result of the scheduling dispute and that it hoped to resolve the issues amicably.

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Sony BMG Sued, Accused Of Racial Discrimination January 9, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit, Racism, Racist.
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that Sony BMG discriminated against black employees in a recent layoff. The commission found that in the summer of 2004, Sony BMG officials “overwhelmingly” targeted black employees when one of its New York sales offices was forced to cut positions, the New York Post reported.

The EEOC’s decision will essentially open the door for former Sony BMG field marketing representative Tamieka Blair to file a discrimination lawsuit, which could prompt five others who were laid off to follow suit.

The EEOC said its decision was due in part to the fact the office had not documented workers’ performances nor set up any performance standards by which to judge the employees.

Sony BMG said layoff decisions were based entirely on job performance, but all of its black employees were let go — leaving only eight white workers and one Asian employee, the newspaper said.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Playfuls.com

DOT discrimination lawsuit tops $200M January 9, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit, Racism, Racist.
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A racial discrimination lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Transportation is drawing to an end after more than 21 years of legal battles that cost the state more than $200 million and created dramatic advances for black employees.

The litigation has gone on so long that six different governors have been involved with it, and the original plaintiff, Johnny Reynolds, died two years ago. “I never realized it would last this long. I had several heart attacks worrying about this,” Reynolds told The Associated Press in 2001.

Reynolds sued the DOT in May 1985, when Gov. George C. Wallace was serving his last term. His suit contended discrimination in the highway agency’s hiring and promotion of blacks. Eventually, some white employees joined in, saying they were discriminated against because they weren’t promoted during the drawn-out litigation.

The focal point of the case – a consent decree reached between the state and the plaintiffs in 1994, when Jim Folsom Jr. was governor – was finally completed last year by Gov. Bob Riley’s administration after years of delays, and it was allowed to expire Dec. 31.

For state officials, it was reason to celebrate the new year.

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‘The Apprentice’ reality show reject sues Donald Trump, claims age discrimination January 9, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Age Discrimination, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit.
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Richard J. Hewett never heard “You’re fired!” – but he’s suing Donald Trump anyway.

The rejected applicant for NBC’s “The Apprentice” is suing the real estate mogul, claiming he was turned away because of age discrimination.

Hewett was 49 when he was rejected in July 2005, and claims in his lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court that only two of the finalists covering six seasons have been over 40. He alleges Trump and the show’s producers are in violation of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

“People watching it get the impression that if you want to work for a big organization like the Trump Organization you have to be young,” Hewett told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday. He’s seeking unspecified damages.

“The Apprentice” pits entrepreneurial-minded people against each other, with Trump firing contestants over a period of weeks until one is “hired” into a high-paying job in one of his companies. The new season of the reality show premiered Sunday night.

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A federal judge approves Boeing’s promotion policies December 30, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, court, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit, Racism, Racist.
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SEATTLE – Weeks after a federal jury ruled that the Boeing Co. did not discriminate against thousands of black employees in promotions, the judge in the case handed the airplane maker a victory Tuesday in a separate but related decision.On Dec. 21, a jury rejected the plaintiffs’ class-action claim that they had been victims of “disparate treatment,” or intentional discrimination.In a seven-page ruling released late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said the same plaintiffs failed to prove that Boeing’s promotion policies unintentionally hurt them.

Her ruling involved the legal principle of disparate impact, which occurs when neutral policies affect certain individuals differently than others, despite their employers’ best intentions.

Pechman said the plaintiffs did not prove that Boeing’s decision-making system for promotions was “undisciplined.” She noted that Boeing had written guidelines for promoting employees and policies for challenging the denial of a promotion to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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Super Steel racism lawsuit settled December 27, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in African-American, Black, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Lawsuit, Racism, Racist, White.
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A settlement has been reached in the Super Steel racism lawsuit.

Several black employees of the Schenectady County locomotive manufacturer filed a class-action lawsuit claiming they were the target of rampant racism in their workplace.

The lawsuit claims supervisors turned a blind eye to racial insults and threats against their black employees.

In July, the company fired eight white employees and said it won’t tolerate conduct that violates its policies against discrimination and harassment.

According to court documents, the workers and their attorneys will share $1.25 million in the settlement. Under the settlement, 13 former Super Steel workers will receive between $25,000 and $250,000.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Capital News 9 

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2 former MDOT employees sue for alleged racial discrimination December 23, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit, Racism, Racist.
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Two former employees of the Mississippi Department of Transportation who are black are suing the agency for more than $300,000 alleging racial discrimination.

Rick Hughes and Steve Harris have retained Jackson attorney Louis Watson to handle their lawsuits, according to a report Friday by Jackson television station WLBT-TV.

Calls to MDOT by The Associated Press and to Watson’s office were not immediately returned.

“The real reason these two gentlemen were terminated, is because they came forward and filed charges of discrimination,” Watson told the station.

Hughes said because of his race, he never received a raise or a promotion during the eight years he worked as a MDOT engineer technician in Winona.

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Rejected Supreme Court candidates claim racial discrimination December 14, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Anti-White, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit, Racism, Racist, Supreme Court, White.
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[ Gov. Phil Bredesen]

Tennessee – Two white candidates claim that they were rejected for the fifth and final seat on the Supreme Court of the state because of their race. Earlier this year, Gov. Phil Bredesen scrapped the first panel of candidates given by the commission after the only minority candidate, Davidson County Chancellor Richard Dinkins, withdrew for family reasons. The commission was told by Gov. Phil Bredesen that he wanted the panel to include qualified minority candidates.

One black candidate was included in the second panel, Memphis Circuit Judge D’Army Bailey. Yet, it as well included J. Houston Gordon, an attorney and former state Democratic Party chairman, and George T. “Buck” Lewis, each of which were rejected from the panel previously.

John Hicks, Lewis’ attorney said: “There’s no real question that the reason Mr. Lewis and Mr. Gordon were rejected was because of race.” Charles W. Bone, an attorney for Gordon said: “It’s just as significant for (Bredesen) to say, ‘I’m not going to appoint these people because they’re white as it is for him to say I’m not going to appoint somebody because they’re black.”

Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle is hearing the case by the candidates. The case is hoped to be ruled on by Friday.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Link: Nashvillecitypaper.com

Victory – Christmas Trees Back at Seattle Airport December 13, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Lawsuit.
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 It seems that your responses have won over the Seattle airport that took down all of their Christmas trees based on a lawsuit threat by a Rabbi.  The Seattle Times writes:

A nationwide furor erupted over the weekend as news of the trees’ removal spread, with a flood of calls to Port officials and harshly worded e-mails to Jewish organizations.

On Monday, Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky said he would not file a lawsuit and the Port, in response, said it would put the trees back up.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Kansascity.com

Transgendered firefighter’s discrimination case dismissed December 8, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Human Rights Commission, Lawsuit.
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KNOXVILLE (WATE) — The discrimination case filed by a transgendered firefighter against the city of Knoxville has been dismissed.

The state human rights commission in Nashville says it finished its investigation into a complaint by fire Capt. Jamie Faucon.  She had surgery in 2005 to change gender from male to female.

Faucon filed a complaint against the city claiming she was discriminated against because of her transgendered status.

But the human rights commission has determined that there is “no reasonable cause to believe that the respondent, the city, has engaged in a discriminatory practice. The complaint in this matter is therefore ordered to be dismissed.”

6 News spoke with Faucon by phone Tuesday. She declined to comment on the case dismissal or whether she plans to appeal. She can do so within 30 days.

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