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TV producer accused of racism, sexism May 8, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Asian, Black, Blacks, Card, Chinamen, IATSE, Intl. Assn. of Theatrical Stage Employees, Law & Order: SVU, Racism, Racist, Sexism, Sexist, Ted Kotcheff, Ted Kotcheff racism, Ted Kotcheff racist.
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A Hollywood union has accused an executive producer of “Law & Order: SVU” of making racist and sexist remarks, claiming he often refers to Asian-Americans as “Chinamen.”

The Intl. Assn. of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) said it has complained to the show’s producer, NBC Universal Television, in three instances involving allegations against executive producer Ted Kotcheff over the past three years.

In the latest allegation, Kotcheff is accused of referring to a crew member as Stepin Fetchit, an old Hollywood stereotype denoting a servile, simple-minded black man.

The union said its attorneys notified NBC Universal brass in a letter dated April 7 that Kotcheff also told the crew member to “get your Caribbean ass out of here — go back to the Caribbean.”

The letter also claims Kotcheff “frequently refers to Asian Americans as ‘Chinamen’ and describes women in sexually derogatory and demeaning terms,” according to an IATSE press release distributed Wednesday.



Africa: Despite Progress, Girls Subjected to Violence and Discrimination March 5, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Africa, Africa sexism, AIDS, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, discrimination against girls, HIV, Millennium Development Goals, Sexism, sexism against women, Sexist, sexual violence, UN, United Nations, violence, violence against women.
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Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today on the occasion of the 51st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

“Despite progress, we continue to live in a world where millions of girls remain out of school, engaged in exploitative labor, are trafficked, are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and are targets of sexual violence,” Veneman said in advance of International Women’s Day on March 8.

String the critical link between discrimination against girls and women and violence, Veneman drew attention to the sexual violence committed in armed conflict, trafficking, and practices such as honour killings, dowry crimes, early marriage, and female genital cutting/mutilation.

“In too many countries and regions, the plight of girls is ignored or denied,” Veneman said. “This leaves girls to suffer in silence and has a devastating effect on the well-being of families and communities.”

Veneman said education is a key to addressing discrimination and violence against girls and to helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Educated girls are better equipped to protect themselves against life-threatening diseases such as HIV/AIDS, are more likely to give birth to healthy babies who will survive and grow into adulthood, tend to delay marriage, and are more likely to have fewer children.


Ageism ‘most common’ discrimination February 25, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in age concern, Age Discrimination, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, disability discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, England, Gordon Lishman, North West, Sexism, Sexist, Taylor Nelson Sofres Ltd, University of Kent.
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MORE than a quarter of people in the North West have suffered age discrimination, a survey for Age Concern has revealed.

Some 26.9% of people questioned in the region said they had been the subject of ageism – more than any other form of discrimination.

The figure compares to just 9.1% who said they had suffered sexism, 6% who suffered racism and 6% who suffered disability discrimination.

Nationally, the survey showed that 56% of all discrimination against over 55s relates to ageism


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.


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.

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Joel Connelly: Sexism’s alive and well on the right January 23, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Fox News, gender discrimination, John Gibson, Sexism, Sexist.
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Even after the 2006 election sent several retired military officers to Congress, only four U.S. senators and nine House members either have served in Iraq or sent close kinfolk into harm’s way.

The best known is Sen. James Webb, D-Va., who has a son in Iraq. Webb was recently condemned by conservative pundit George Will for his brusque retort to President Bush’s jocular “How’s that boy of yours?” query at a post-election reception.

In Great Britain, in contrast to “the Colonies,” Queen Elizabeth II has sent a husband-to-be, a son and presently a grandson into harm’s way. Is Basra ready for Prince Harry?

A salient question — Who gets to sacrifice? — was on the mind of Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., recently as she questioned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice before a Senate hearing.

“Now the issue is who pays the price,” Boxer said. “Who pays the price? I’m not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young. You’re not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families.”

It was a striking moment, but not without precedent.

Reacting to escalation of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, and again 34 years later in the Iraq war, former Sen. George McGovern said, “I am sick and tired of old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”


Harvard professor: Department is bastion of sexism January 21, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, female, gender discrimination, Professor, Sexism, Sexist, Women.
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A Harvard University professor who accused the school of gender discrimination has withdrawn her resignation, but said Thursday that the school’s landscape architecture department remains a bastion of sexism.Martha Schwartz, 56, complained that the department has never had a tenured female professor in its 106 years.

“I’m not pointing at any one person or any one thing, but this should have happened a long time ago,” Schwartz, who lives in London, said in a telephone interview.

Schwartz, who has taught at the university since 1992 while developing an international landscape architecture practice, submitted a letter of resignation last week.

“How can this lack of parity be allowed to exist in this day and age in any department within Harvard University, no matter how small the department may be?” she wrote in the letter to interim President Derek Bok.


Store takes heat for selling violent and sexist ‘Problem Solved’ T-shirt January 14, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, gender discrimination, offensive, Sexism, Sexist, violence.
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A children’s T-shirt has aroused the ire of a local shopper.

The T-shirt depicts two panels of stick figures, with a male figure pushing a female figure out of a box. Captioned “Problem Solved,” the shirt has appalled people engaged in deterring domestic violence.

“I thought that shirt was very offensive, and I’m sure people who made that shirt thought it was cute,” District Attorney Evert Fowle said Friday. “But when you prosecute 728 domestic violence cases a year, it’s not cute.”

The shirt was removed briefly after a customer protested — but later returned to the shelves of the Augusta Kmart.

Earlier this week, Kristin Aiello of Hallowell told Kmart store manager Joyce Beane the message on the shirt was offensive.

“I see so much domestic abuse in our community,” said Aiello, a lawyer who frequently represents children involved in the court system. “I see children in jeopardy.”


Man Argues “Ladies Night” is Sexist January 14, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Denver, gender discrimination, Sexism, Sexist.
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DENVER — It may be a last call for Ladies Night.  A state civil rights agency is reportedly backing a man’s claims that he was discrimated against at a Denver night club hosting a “Ladies Night.”  Ladies Night — a promotion that often allows women in for free at clubs — is often used as a way to bring more men and women to the clubs on weekday nights that are less crowded.

But Steve Horner said it’s outright gender discrimination to which many government agencies have turned a blind eye.

“I think that’s what the modern-day feminist issue was all about — we’re equal,” Horner said.  He said equality became an issue for him when he said he was asked to pay a $5 entry fee at the Proof NiteClub while women were getting in free.”  I said, ‘This is discrimination.’ And he said, ‘Go ahead and file a complaint.’ And so I did,” Horner said.  Horner went to the state Department of Regulatory Services, Division of Civil Rights. Horner says he’s received a letter from the agency indicating that evidence of discrimination was found.


Female bosses are more likely to discriminate against female employees January 2, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, female, male, Sexism, woman.
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FORGET “jobs for the boys”. Women bosses are significantly more likely than men to discriminate against female employees, research has suggested.

The study found that when presented with applications for promotion, women were more likely than men to assess the female candidate as less qualified than the male one.

They were also prone to mark down women’s prospects for promotion and to assess them as more controlling than men in their management style.

The findings, based on experiments carried out among more than 700 people, suggest that the “queen bee syndrome” of female rivalry in the workplace may sometimes be as important as sexism in holding back women’s careers.


Afghan women suffer daily violence December 27, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Sexism, Sexist, violence.
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Afghan women’s rights groups acknowledge that women now have a variety of rights which they didn’t have under Taleban rule.

But in practice, they say, many of those rights are ignored.

And activists face intimidation, or worse.

In September, the head of the Women’s Affairs Ministry in the southern city of Kandahar, Safia Amajan, who’d criticised the Taleban’s treatment of women, was shot dead.

One of her former colleagues, who was too afraid to give her name, says since then activists have been staying home.

There are many opportunities to work here, she says.

There’s a lot to do, but there’s no security so women don’t want to leave their homes.

They think about what happened to Safia Amajan and they’re afraid the same thing will happen to them.

‘He beats me’

All Afghans are affected by worsening security. But for women, widespread domestic violence is an additional problem.

Afghan women

Women thought their lives would improve after the Taleban


“My husband beats me whenever he feels like it,” a young mother of three from Kabul told the BBC.

[Link] Read the rest of the article at BBC News

3rd Circuit Allows Discrimination Suit to Move Forward for Woman Locked Out of Locksmith Job December 24, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Law, Sexism, Women.
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A woman cannot be barred from bringing a sex discrimination claim on the grounds that she lacked some of the advertised job qualifications for a post if the employer ultimately hired a male who also lacked those qualifications, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

“If an employer could, with impunity, appeal to objective qualifications to defeat any female job applicant’s challenge to its hire of an objectively unqualified male in her place, discrimination law would be reduced to bark with no bite,” U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas L. Ambro wrote in Scheidemantle v. Slippery Rock University, PICS No. 06-1831.

“Title VII demands that employers apply the same standards for hiring women and other protected minorities that they apply to all other applicants,” Ambro wrote in an opinion joined by Judges Theodore A. McKee Jr. and Richard L. Nygaard.

The ruling reverses a decision by Chief Judge Donetta W. Ambrose of the Western District of Pennsylvania granting summary judgment in the university’s favor.

Read the rest of the article at Law.com

HBOS £11m sex discrimination and bullying claims withdrawn December 21, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Sexism.
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The biggest sex discrimination claim yet filed with a British employment tribunal was dramatically withdrawn yesterday.

Claire Bright, the former head of asset and liability management in the treasury department at HBOS, was seeking £11m from the banking group after filing sex discrimination and victimisation claims last December.

But yesterday the bank issued a statement saying all the claims had been dropped and no compensation was being paid to Ms Bright, who is no longer working at HBOS, where she oversaw a budget of £140m.

The statement said: “HBOS can confirm that the Employment Tribunal claims brought against it by Claire Bright have been withdrawn.

Read the rest at Independent Online 

Study Finds Gender Differences Related To Eating And Body Image December 18, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Sexism, Women.
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In the new study of observed eating behavior in a social setting, young men and women who perceived their bodies as being less than “ideal” ate differing amounts of food after they were shown images of “ideal-bodied” people of their own gender.

Lead researcher Kristen Harrison found that “in the presence of same-gender peers, certain women eat less and certain men eat more following exposure to ideal-body images — ‘certain’ in this case referring to women and men who have discrepancies between their actual body and the kind of body they think their peers idealize,” Harrison said.

“In a nutshell,” Harrison said, “we found that, following exposure to ideal-body images, men who are insecure about their bodies eat more in front of other men, while women who are insecure about their bodies eat less in front of other women.”

Read the rest of the article at Science Daily [Link]

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Ex-cop files sex discrimination lawsuit December 9, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, racism and discrimination, Sexism.
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SCRANTON – A former Sugarloaf Township police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against the police department, alleging she was subjected to repeated discrimination and harassment because she is a female.

Diane Fisher of Quakdale Road, Weatherly, claims Police Chief John Hudson and other officers took numerous measures to harass her ranging from the posting of sexually graphic photos of women in the police station, to the removal of the police station’s ladies restroom.

Hudson was not in the office when a reporter phoned Friday afternoon and could not be reached for comment. The township’s solicitor, James Schneider, did not return a phone message left with his office.

Fisher had been a police officer for the borough from 1996 until this past July, when she was fired. The suit says Fisher was given no reason for her termination.

Among the allegations in the suit are that police officials instituted “special rules” that applied only to Fisher, and not male officers, then would reprimand or suspend her for violating those “rules.”


Boy can’t sue for being barred from girls’ team December 1, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Football, gender, gender discrimination, Sexism.
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The irony of this story about gender discrimination is that just today ABC News carried a article called “Female Football Player Follows in Pro Brother’s Footsteps.”  The article talks about the accomplishment of the female football player, Holley Mangold, who was the first female to play a down from scrimmage in an Ohio Division III high school football game.  It would seem then as though there is not a logical standard to decide which students can or cannot participate in sports teams predominated by the opposite sex.   The featured article follows below:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A boy who wanted to compete on his high school’s girls’ gymnastics team cannot sue for gender discrimination, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

The District 4 Court of Appeals upheld a judge’s dismissal of Keith Michael Bukowski’s lawsuit against the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, which has a rule prohibiting boys from competing in girls’ sports. Bukowski filed the lawsuit as a junior at Stevens Point Area High School in 2004. He argued the WIAA rule preventing him from trying out for and competing on the girl’s gymnastics team discriminated against him because his school did not have a boys’ team.

Bukowski argued that the rule violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution as well as a federal law known as Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funds.


Citigroup U.S. gender bias lawsuit expands December 1, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit, Sexism.
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NEW YORK, – A sex discrimination lawsuit against Citigroup Inc. has grown to include charges that the bank’s policies were designed to deprive female brokers of opportunities offered to male brokers, court papers show.

An amended complaint filed on Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco accuses the bank’s Smith Barney unit of using past performance, which it called “the results of historical discrimination,” as a criterion for awarding business and pay.

Two female brokers joined three others from the original lawsuit, which was filed in March 2005.

The women contend that even small advantages that the bank gave to men accumulated over time. As a result, according to the complaint, Citigroup “keep(s) male brokers at the top of the compensation scale and female brokers at the bottom.

“During discovery, it became apparent that Smith Barney’s policies with respect to account distribution and compensation perpetuated past discrimination,” Beth Alexander, a partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP in Nashville, Tennessee, who represents the plaintiffs, said in an interview.

“That cumulative advantage causes men to have greater income than women, not based on their efforts today, but based on what happened at Smith Barney in past years,” she added.


Editorial: Sexism in video games November 29, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, female, male, Sexism, Sexist, Women.
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“The portrayal of women in video games is disgusting.”

That’s a quotation I’ve heard many times, from both men and women alike. The truth is that they have a point. Most of the time, female avatars are portrayed with large breasts, small waistlines and finely toned bodies all around. Commonly, the blame for this is put on the fact that “sex sells” and game development is a male dominated industry.

The theory is that the perception of a predominantly male audience wants to see gorgeous female toons when they’re playing a game. That’s why, so it’s said, that the game’s developers create unrealistic, fantasy women to populate their worlds. Let’s face it, when’s the last time you were playing a game and came across a female toon that was anything less than “ideal” unless it was a plot point?

Video games certainly aren’t a new addition to this pop-culture phenomenon. Look anywhere: television, magazines, billboards, etc. They all show us unrealistic representations that really can and do cause real women, young and old, to feel inferior and imperfect in society. This can lead to feelings of depression, eating disorders and any number of other things.


Network Ten denies sex, age discrimination November 29, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Age Discrimination, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Sexism, Sexist.
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Australia-Ms Spicer, 39, has been told she is no longer wanted by Ten after 14 years as a national newsreader, and after returning to work last month following the birth of her second child.

She served Ten with a 10-page letter of demand yesterday, alleging breaches of the federal Sex Discrimination Act and the Trade Practices Act.

In a statement today, Ten said reports her contract was not renewed because of age or sex discrimination were simply untrue.

“Ten does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, religion or sexual preference,” it said.

“Ten employs more female news presenters than any other Australian commercial television network, with at least one female news presenter in every bulletin in every state.

“Ten also has more women in key editorial and news management roles.”

Ten said Ms Spicer’s sacking, after months of discussions, was “related to continued restructuring within Ten’s news division and associated cost efficiencies”.


Former employees file suits against Navajo Nation Medical Center November 26, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Race, Racism, Racist, Sexism.
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GALLUP — Several current and former employees of Navajo Nation Medical Center have filed complaints in U.S. federal court claiming that they have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race and retaliation, and discrimination on the basis of sex.

All four plaintiff’s are have filed against Michael O. Leavitt, secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and are being represented by Donald G. Gilpin, attorney for Gilpin & Keefe, P.C. of Albuquerque.

The plaintiffs in the suits include Isabelle Castillo-Kee, Steven Miller, Fernando Nakai and Beverley Farley.

The complaints are as follows:
Castillo-Kee, a registered nurse who has been employed at the hospital since October 1993 filed her complaint Nov. 13.In the complaint, Castillo-Kee states that she was subjected to a hostile environment where her supervisor, physicians, and co-workers would use foul language in the operating room. Castillo-Kee states within the compliant that she has been called a “b**ch”, and a “f-ing b**ch”.

In November 2004, Castillo-Kee claims that a physician threw a piece of wadded paper into her bra, and then touched her inappropriately, and Castillo-Kee told the physician to never touch her again. The complaint also states that Castillo-Kee was shoved against the wall by a physician in the operating room, and was subjected to jokes and comments of a sexual nature. The complaint does not list any specific co-workers names.