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Sign-Up for New FDNY Exam Could Begin Within Days

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Registration for the new FDNY entrance exam could begin within a matter of days, according to the New York City Law Department.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Next for Women Workers at Wal-Mart?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lizabeth Schalet, employment discrimination attorney and partner at Lipman and Plesur, and Beverly Cooper Neufeld, President of New York Women's Agenda and director of the Equal Pay Coalition of New York City, discuss the future for class action sex discrimination litigation after the Supreme Court's dismissal of Wal-Mart v. Dukes.

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WNYC News

Judge Says Appointee Should Handle FDNY Claims Process Following Discrimination Suit

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

A federal judge who deemed the FDNY's entrance exam racially-discriminatory has issued new guidelines to speed up a claims process that could provide compensation for thousands of fire department candidates who allege discriminatory hiring practices.

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The Budgetary War on Women

Thursday, March 03, 2011

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When women feel unable to carry a pregnancy to term, they do seek termination services, even when those services are illegal, difficult to find or dangerous. So not only would we expect a rise in abortions, we might also expect a rise in negative outcomes for women’s health.

Melissa Harris-Perry, columnist at The Nation magazine and associate professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Home Loans to Minority Applicants Plunge

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

In the 1980s and 1990s banks avoided lending in minority neighborhoods and Blacks and Latinos were denied mortgages at disproportionately higher rates than equally credit-worthy whites. Redlining and mortgage discrimination was the norm. It seemed those days came to an end in the 2000s, when mortgage lenders began lending eagerly to anyone they could, and instead of being accused of avoiding minority borrowers, faced accusations of predatory lending in minority communities. However, now the tide has turned once again.

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Features

East Village Bar Accused of Racist Door Policy

Monday, January 31, 2011

Dress codes in New York nightclubs that may disguise racial discrimination are under scrutiny. The New York City Commission on Human Rights is investigating The Continental, an East Village bar accused of having a racist door policy.

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What the Oscars Don't Tell Us About Race in America

Friday, January 28, 2011

Too often, the stories black and brown (and women) filmmakers want to tell cannot get a green light. Studios do not want to take the chance on a story that is out of what they perceive to be the mainstream. So, come Oscar time, you don’t see diversity -- in front of the camera, or behind it.

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The Takeaway

Does Debt Discrimination Infringe On Your Civil Liberties?

Monday, December 27, 2010

We come back to an ongoing conversation as regards debt and unemployment in America. Last week we spoke with Takeaway and WDET listener Christine Tobin, from southeast Michigan. She told us she believes she was turned down for a job because her credit check came back with a prior bankruptcy.

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The Takeaway

Kaplan Accused of Discriminatory Hiring Practices with Credit Checks

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lenders typically ask to access someone's credit scores in order to see what kind of loans they have paid back in the past. Agreeing to a credit check has become an expected part of preparing to lease a car, buy a house or rent an apartment. But did you know a potential employer may also check your credit score before you get hired?

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The Takeaway

Workplace Discrimination against Muslim Americans on the Rise

Friday, September 24, 2010

In 2009, workplace discrimination against Muslims rose 20 percent to a record 803 claims, according to federal data cited in the New York Times.

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WNYC News

City Rejects Judge's Alternative Hiring Proposals for FDNY

Friday, September 17, 2010

New York City won't be hiring new firefighters anytime soon, even though city officials say they are needed to keep the city safe. On Friday, the city rejected all five of the hiring plan options laid out by a federal judge. Judge Nicholas Garaufis proposed the alternatives this week to allow the city to hire more than 300 firefighters who took an exam he had ruled was discriminatory.

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WNYC News

City Allowed to Hire More Than 300 Firefighters

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New York City will be able to hire more than 300 firefighters who took an entrance exam deemed discriminatory by a federal judge last month. Judge Nicholas Garaufis says his new ruling is designed to balance the city's public safety needs with concerns over fair hiring practices by the Fire Department. Garaufis has given the city until Friday to accept one of his hiring plans.

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The Takeaway

Discrimination and Language: The Word 'Boy'

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Sometimes a word is just a word. But other times, it’s an indicator of something more troubling on the part of the speaker. Take, for example, the word “boy.” When being used to refer to a small child, most of us don’t think twice. But when the word “boy” refers to an adult black man, and the speaker is his white supervisor who’s just passed him up for a promotion, it takes on a much different meaning.

It’s for this reason that John Hithon, an employee of the Tyson chicken processing plant in Gadsden, Alabama, sued his employers for workplace discrimination.

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WNYC News

At B&H Photo, Employees Say Not Everything Is Picture Perfect

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

While big-box chains and online stores increasingly dominate the retail landscape, New York City remains home  to many independent shopping mecca’s. At B&H Photo, 21st Century technology meets traditional Jewish customs. But what some call ethnic quirkiness, others call discrimination.  The store is currently embroiled in its second discrimination lawsuit.

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WQXR News

NYC Blocked From Hiring New Firefighters Based on 'Invalid' Entrance Exam

Thursday, August 05, 2010

A federal judge is blocking the city from hiring new firefighters, based on a 2007 hiring test, which he says was unfair to black and Hispanic applicants. The New York City Fire Department says it needs to hire 300 new members before the end of August. But Judge Nicholas Garaufis says the city can only do this if it can prove its hiring needs are so urgent that they justify using a test that Garuafis describes as "invalid."

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WNYC News

City Blocked From Hiring New Firefighters Based On 'Invalid' Entrance Exam

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A federal judge is blocking the city from hiring new firefighters, based on a 2007 hiring test, which he says was unfair to black and Hispanic applicants. The New York City Fire Department says it needs to hire 300 new members before the end of August. But Judge Nicholas Garaufis says the city can only do this if it can prove its hiring needs are so urgent that they justify using a test that Garuafis describes as "invalid."

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WQXR News

Staten Island Hate Crime Victim Speaks Out

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

In Staten Island, police have made one arrest and are expected to make another shortly for last weekend's assault on an 18-year-old high schooler who was heading home from his job busing tables early last Saturday morning.

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WNYC News

Staten Island Hate Crime Victim Speaks Out

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

In Staten Island, police have made one arrest and are expected to make another shortly for last weekend's assault on an 18-year-old high schooler who was heading home from his job busing tables early last Saturday morning.

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WQXR News

Black Firefighters Say City's Most Recent Entrance Exam Also Racially Discriminates

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A federal judge in Brooklyn will soon decide whether a 2007 entrance exam for firefighters discriminated against blacks and Hispanics.

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The Takeaway

'English-only' Rules in the Workplace

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tennessee became the first state to pass a law which allows businesses to require their employees to speak English at work. Tennessee is leading a trend seen by a number of cities throughout the country, which are implementing laws that allow English-only rules in one form or another.

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