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The Takeaway

Too Fat to Work as a Health Professional?

Friday, April 06, 2012

Citizens Medical Center is, by most measures, a respected and respectable hospital. A non-profit, their mission is to serve their community of South Texas. And in their mission, they’ve been mostly successful, appearing on Thomas Reuters’ list of top 100 American hospitals three times over the past decade. 

And yet, the Victoria, Texas hospital has people across the country outraged. The reason: a hiring policy they instituted last year. In short, the policy requires potential employees to have a body mass index below 35. This means that a man who is 5-foot-10 and 245 pounds would not meet the hospital’s hiring requirements.

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WNYC News

Former Worker Files Discrimination Suit Against MTA

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A former Metro-North employee is suing the MTA for discrimination based on his sexual orientation.

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WNYC News

Micropolis: Pondering the Many Meanings of a Hoodie, After Trayvon

Friday, March 30, 2012

The hoodie has become synonymous with the black Florida teen gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain as he walked through a neighborhood wearing the sweatshirt.

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WNYC News

Judge Says City Could Owe $128M to Minority FDNY Applicants

Thursday, March 08, 2012

A federal judge in New York has ruled that the FDNY could owe up to $128 million in back-pay and compensation to black and Latino firefighters who took two entrance exams deemed discriminatory.

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On Being

Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises [remix].

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Desmond Tutu says that despite all the evil and suffering in the world, human beings are "remarkable things" who are "made for goodness." We explore how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's shaped — and even through

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On Being

[Unedited] Desmond Tutu with Krista Tippett

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Desmond Tutu says that despite all the evil and suffering in the world, human beings are "remarkable things" who are "made for goodness." We explore how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's shaped — and even through

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WNYC News

NYC Wants Judge in FDNY Discrimination Case Removed

Saturday, January 21, 2012

New York City says a judge overseeing a discrimination case against the fire department abandoned his neutral role and was preoccupied with press coverage of the proceedings.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of 'Ministerial Exception'

Friday, January 13, 2012

In a unanimous decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that churches and religious organizations are exempt from employee discrimination laws when hiring or firing their own employees and leaders. Many are heralding this decision as key in reinforcing the separation between church and state, while others worry that this will allow these organizations far too much power. The initial complaint that motivated Hosanna-Tabor Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stemmed from a teacher at an elementary school who felt she was being fired for pursuing a disability claim. 

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WNYC News

Death of Asian-American Soldier Prompts Debate About Army Culture

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The death of an Asian-American soldier has prompted considerable debate about Army culture and the problem of racial discrimination. Eight soldiers have been charged in the death of Private Daniel Chen, who died of a gunshot wound to the head after allegedly being subjected to abuse and ethnic slurs.

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WNYC News

Group OKed to Make Home Visits to Black FDNY Applicants

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A federal monitor overseeing the FDNY’s hiring process is allowing the Vulcan Society, a group of black firefighters, to follow up directly with black candidates who haven’t completed their paperwork for an upcoming entrance exam by making home visits.

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The Takeaway

Countrywide Ordered to Pay $335 Million for Lending Bias

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bank of America, which now owns mortgage giant Countrywide Financial, will pay $335 million for Countrywide discriminating against minorities during the 2004-2008 housing boom. Countrywide brokers are accused of steering blacks and Latinos into more costly home loans than white borrowers with the same financial profile. An estimated 200,000 people were affected.

An estimated 200 thousand borrowers were affected. 

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The Takeaway

Feds Accuse Arizona Sheriff of Civil Rights Abuses

Friday, December 16, 2011

The country's "toughest sheriff" has had his gold star revoked. A scathing U.S. Justice Department report released Thursday found that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office carried out a blatant pattern of discrimination against Latinos and held a "systematic disregard" for the Constitution amid a series of immigration crackdowns that have turned the lawman into a prominent national political figure.

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The Takeaway

A Closer Look at the Term 'Islamist'

Friday, December 02, 2011

In response to the coverage of Egypt's elections, the Takeaway has heard a lot from listeners about our use of the term "Islamist" to describe the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and other parties in Egypt. One Takeaway listener wrote on our Web site, "Is there Christianists and Jewists? It is about time that sensitivity was built in the media discourse."

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WNYC News

New FDNY Exam to Be Delayed

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The next FDNY entrance exam scheduled for January is likely to be delayed by at least a month.

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WNYC News

Federal Judge Orders Monitor to Oversee FDNY Hiring

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A federal judge in New York wants an independent monitor to oversee the FDNY's hiring and recruiting practices.

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WNYC News

FDNY Boasts More Minority Applicants

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The FDNY said nearly half of the applicants for its new exam are minorities as the department continues its efforts to recruit and attract a more diverse force.

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A Day After Discrimination Suit Decision, Mayor Says He's 'Proud' of Bloomberg L.P.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he was proud of Bloomberg L.P., the financial news and media company he founded that claimed a major victory Wednesday when a federal judge tossed out a class-action discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of pregnant women who worked at the company.

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WNYC News

Judge Tosses Out Bloomberg L.P. Discrimination Suit

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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A federal judge ruled there was not enough evidence to show that Bloomberg L.P., the business and financial news company founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, discriminated against pregnant women and mothers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

EEOC Reconsiders Criminal Background Check Policy

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is reexamining its requirement that employers do criminal background checks on job applicants. Glenn E. Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affairs at the Fortune Society, weighs in.

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WNYC News

On Heels of Discrimination Suit, FDNY Aggressively Courts Minorities

Monday, July 18, 2011

The FDNY has launched an aggressive campaign to attract minority applicants and get word out about its revamped exam following a judge's ruling last year that the city's test discriminated against blacks and Hispanics.

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