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Harassment case in Oxnard 'was about dignity,' attorney says
Ventura County StarDecember 1, 2011

The settlement, filed Monday, requires Cyma to assign an equal employment opportunity coordinator to ensure the staff is trained to prevent future harassment, discrimination and retaliation. EEOC lawyer Anna Park commended Cyma for making changes. ...more »

The Enron cast: Where are they now?
Financial NewsDecember 1, 2011

The leading characters in the Enron saga have had varied fortunes since the disgraced trading giant collapsed into Chapter 11 bankruptcy a decade ago this week. A few went to prison, a couple have since died, while another employee went on to become a ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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ACLJ Urges Supreme Court to Consider ObamaCare Appeal in Tandem with Florida Case
Sacramento BeeDecember 1, 2011

In a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, the ACLJ urges the high court to take its appeal after a federal appeals court in Washington, DC earlier this month declared the individual mandate constitutional. "The stage is set for the Supreme Court to ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Maine gets $6 million to implement health care law it's suing to stop
Lewiston Sun JournalDecember 3, 2011

Maine this week became one of 13 states awarded grants by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Maine is also one of 26 states challenging the constitutionality of a key component of the health care law, derisively called "Obamacare" by ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Philadelphia Catholic college revises code after firing homosexual prof.
LifesiteDecember 14, 2011

The statement went on to say, “Discrimination on any of the following basis is prohibited: race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, disability, or status as a ...more »

Native Americans
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Connecticut College professor wins book prize
TheDay.comDecember 26, 2011

Connecticut College Professor David Canton's recent book, "Raymond Pace Alexander: A New Negro Lawyer Fights for Civil Rights in Philadelphia," has been awarded the 2011 WEB Du Bois Book Prize from the Northeast Black Studies Association. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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In Geneva, Secretary Clinton focuses on global LGBT rights in UN Human Rights ...
San Diego Gay & Lesbian NewsDecember 6, 2011

In many places including my own country legal protections have preceded not followed broader recognition of rights. Laws have a teaching effect. Laws that discriminate, validate other kinds of discrimination, laws that require equal protections ...more »

Eminent Domain
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City Council Discusses Rte. 28, Eminent Domain with State Lawmakers
Patch.comDecember 1, 2011

City Council broke bread and discussed issues pertinent to Manassas Park with state lawmakers during the city's annual legislative dinner on Tuesday at the Manassas Park Community Center. By Jamie M. Rogers Credit Jamie M. Rogers ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Sexting Former Wisconsin DA Accused Of Sexual Harrassment By State Agency
TPMMuckrakerDecember 1, 2011

The Office of Lawyer Regulation in Wisconsin released a report this week that accuses former Wisconsin District Attorney Kenneth Kratz of sexual harassment and eleven violations of state rules of conduct for his alleged “sexting” of domestic abuse ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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FBI recorded personal data at Muslim events
San Francisco ChronicleDecember 2, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained the documents under the US Freedom of Information Act, accused the FBI of misusing its community outreach programs to collect information on people at Muslim-related events that the FBI organized or ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Some observers believe Indiana Supreme Court's newest justice could become its ...
The RepublicDecember 8, 2011

The court later upheld its own ruling 4-1, but said the ruling was not intended to gut Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. In response to the ruling, a General Assembly study committee proposed legislation that would ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Online piracy bill under scrutiny
The Desert SunDecember 3, 2011

They voted in April to express disapproval of the Federal Communications Commission's proposed “net neutrality” rules, designed to keep Internet companies from giving more favorable treatment — such as faster downloading — to certain types of content ...more »


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