discrimination

Age Discrimination Lawsuit
6:09 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Age Discrimination Lawsuit Leaves Wounds In Seniors-Only Retirement Haven

Ryderwood's place in history is noted as you enter the town, pop. 400.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

When you approach your golden years, who doesn't look forward to peace and quiet surrounded by a supportive community? That desire led some retirees to relocate to a tiny town deep in the woods of southwest Washington. Ryderwood bills itself as the nation's first seniors-only retirement village. But the tranquility that lured people there went missing during a long and divisive lawsuit. The case questioned whether this 400 or so strong community could be so exclusive. It came replete with allegations of shunning, death threats, uncollected garbage and the tossing of a headless rabbit. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on the relief that has followed a settlement.

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Religious Practice Accomodations
6:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Washington Supreme Court: Employers Must ‘Reasonably’ Accommodate Religious Practices

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Washington employers must “reasonably” accommodate the religious practices of their employees.
Credit Cacophony / Wikimedia

Washington employers must “reasonably” accommodate the religious practices of their employees. That’s the ruling of the Washington Supreme Court Thursday in a case that split the justices 5-4. The case involves four men employed by a company that makes meals for airline passengers at Sea-Tac.

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Anti-Discrimination Law
6:02 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Idaho City Narrowly Upholds Gay Rights Law In Closely Watched Vote

An effort to overturn one Idaho city's gay rights ordinance appears to have failed – but narrowly. The anti-discrimination law in Pocatello was upheld Tuesday night by a projected margin of 90 votes.

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Oregon Discrimination
5:50 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Former Federal Employee In Oregon Awarded Back Pay For Discrimination

A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has awarded back pay to a former federal law clerk in Oregon who was denied health benefits for her same-sex domestic partner.
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A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has awarded back pay to a former federal law clerk in Oregon who was denied health benefits for her same-sex domestic partner. 

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Employment Discrimination
6:12 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

U.S. Senate Passes Employment Anti-Discrimination Act

After a nearly 20-year battle to approve the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act, the U.S. Senate Thursday passed it by a two-to-one margin.
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After a nearly 20-year battle to approve the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act, the U.S. Senate Thursday passed it by a two-to-one margin. The bill would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Idaho Gay Rights
4:01 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Sen. Crapo Says Idaho Should Respect Local Gay Rights Laws

US Senator Mike Crapo
US Senate

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:06 pm

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted this week against a federal ban on workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people. But Tuesday he said Idaho cities should be able to maintain their local gay rights ordinances.

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Border Patrol Case
3:58 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Border Patrol to Share Records About Olympic Peninsula Traffic Stops

Under current law, Border Patrol agents can set up vehicle checkpoints within 100 miles of the Canadian border.
Credit U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Civil rights attorneys in Seattle will get reports of all U.S. Border Patrol traffic stops on the Olympic Peninsula for the next 18 months. That’s one of the settlement terms announced today in a lawsuit that alleged agents racially profiled people they pulled over.

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Transgender Discrimination Verdict
5:07 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Portland Bar Ordered To Pay Up In Discrimination Case

Google Maps. The Twilight Annex - formerly known as The P Club - club was ordered to pay $400,000 to members of a transgender group.

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:57 pm

The state of Oregon has ordered a Portland bar to pay up in a case that involved alleged discrimination against a group of cross-dressing men. Some in the transgender community say this type of treatment is far from unusual.

The case involved a Portland watering hole known as the P Club, which has since changed its name to the Twilight Annex. The owner phoned members of a cross-dressing group that met there occasionally and told them they weren't welcome to come back.

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Richland Florist
5:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Court Hears Case Of Florist Who Refused Flowers To Gay Wedding

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 5:39 pm

A lawsuit against a Washington florist who refused to do the flowers for a gay couple's wedding went to court Friday. Attorneys for the Richland florist disputed the state's claim that her refusal on moral grounds violated consumer protection law.

Attorneys for florist Baronelle Stutzman argue the state shouldn't be in court at all. They say claims of discrimination against gays and lesbians should first be reviewed administratively by the Washington Human Rights Commission.

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Civil Rights
7:03 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Coeur d'Alene Makes Waves With Gay, Lesbian Ordinance

The reaction is split in Coeur d’Alene after the city council passed an ordinance banning gay and lesbian discrimination Tuesday night.

Paige Browning reports.


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