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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 22, 2012 Iowa Supreme Court: OK to fire 'irresistible' worker
QUOTE: "We are asked to decide only if a genuine fact issue exists as to whether Dr. Knight engaged in unlawful gender discrimination when he fired Nelson at the request of his wife. For the reasons previously discussed, we believe this conduct did not amount to unlawful discrimination, and therefore we affirm the judgment of the district court."
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 30, 2011 Fat Stigma Spreads Around the Globe
QUOTE: Negative perceptions about people who are overweight may soon become the cultural norm in some countries, including places where plumper, larger bodies traditionally have been viewed as attractive. “We know in developed countries that obese people are less successful, less likely to get married, less likely to get promoted…” “The fundamental message we’re putting into the world is that fat people deserve shame for their own health…”
New York Times Nov 30, 2010 Beauty Discrimination During a Job Search
QUOTE: an attractive man needs to send an average of five résumés with a photo to get one interview. An ordinary-looking man needs to send 11 résumés with a photo to get a single interview. But the apparent bias in favor of job candidates with photos didn’t hold true for women.
New York Times Jun 04, 2010 Dressed to Distract
QUOTE: Aesthetic allure is evolutionary...So it was unusual when a knockout in New York, Debrahlee Lorenzana, a 33-year-old single mother, filed suit against Citigroup, claiming that she was fired in August from the Citibank branch at the Chrysler Center for looking too sexy.
New York Times May 04, 2010 Tearing Away the Veil
QUOTE: Through a legal ban, French parliamentarians want to uphold a principle that should apply to all: the visibility of the face in the public sphere, which is essential to our security and is a condition for living together. A few extremists are contesting this obvious fact by using our democratic liberties as an instrument against democracy. We have to tell them no.
New York Times Dec 01, 2009 In Job Hunt, College Degree Can’t Close Racial Gap
QUOTE: there is ample evidence that racial inequities remain when it comes to employment.
New York Times Nov 15, 2009 Racial rethinking as Obama visits: Increasing diversity, born out of boom, forces Chinese to confront old prejudices
QUOTE: As the country gets ready to welcome the first African American U.S. president, whose first official visit here starts Sunday, the Chinese are confronting their attitudes toward race, including some deeply held prejudices about black people.
Washington Post Nov 14, 2009 Forest People May Lose Home in Kenyan Plan
QUOTE: The Kenyan government is gearing up to evict tens of thousands of settlers, illegal or not, from the Mau Forest, the Ogiek’s ancestral home and a critical water source for this entire country. The question is: Will the few thousand remaining Ogiek be given a reprieve or given the boot?
New York Times Sep 11, 2009 Post 9/11, Americans say Muslims face most discrimination: But many also see Islam as a violent religion, according to a Pew Forum survey.
QUOTE: Eight years after the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, Americans believe that Muslims face more discrimination than any other religious group in the US.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 31, 2009 Latinos say they also face racial profiling by police
QUOTE: Many Latinos say they know how Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates felt during a recent arrest because they believe police often racially profile Hispanics, too.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 25, 2009 The Gates Case: When Disorderly Conduct Is a Cop's Judgment Call
QUOTE: In law enforcement, there are few situations that are clear-cut, and disorderly conduct is one of the fuzziest.
Time Magazine Jun 29, 2009 Paris Police Use Racial Profiling, Study Finds
QUOTE: The Paris police stop young Arab and black men for identity checks far more often than young whites, according to a study
New York Times Jun 21, 2009 On Culture: Well-Heeled, But With a Bill You Can Foot
QUOTE: No one pretends that a three-inch heel is ever going to be comfortable, but the conventional wisdom has been that an expensive pair of stilettos is going to be more comfortable than cheap ones because all that high-priced engineering is going to make the heel more stable, thus waking walking without tipping over less of a challenge. Women have always known that to be an exaggeration.
Washington Post Jun 05, 2009 10 Things Plastic Surgeons Won't Tell You
QUOTE: 1. “I trained a whole weekend to learn this procedure"....2. “I make a mint off other surgeons’ mistakes”....3. “Sure, I can turn back the clock, but it just starts ticking again"....4. “You’d be better off spending this money on a good therapist.”
Smart Money May 27, 2009 Ethnic profiling doesn't stop terror: A new study finds the tactic is worse than useless in combating terrorism.
QUOTE: The report [from the Open Society Institute]... argues that [ethnic] profiling is both ineffective and counterproductive
Salon Mar 10, 2009 Muslim Woman Asked to Leave Line at Credit Union Because of Head Scarf
QUOTE: A Muslim woman was asked to leave her place in line at a credit union in Southern Maryland and be served in a back room because the head scarf she wore for religious reasons violated the institution's "no hats, hoods or sunglasses" policy...
Washington Post Jan 03, 2009 Airline Apologizes For Booting 9 Muslims: Group Plans Discrimination Complaint
QUOTE: A U.S. airline apologized yesterday to nine Muslim American passengers from the Washington area who were removed from a flight out of Reagan National Airport, but a Muslim civil rights group said it intends to press a discrimination complaint against the airline for its treatment of the passengers.
Washington Post Oct 23, 2008 Commentary: For women in public eye, looks matter
QUOTE: here is an incredible double-standard here....There has been plenty of talk and plenty written about Sarah Palin's jackets, her hair and her looks...Compare that with the attention given to Sen. Barack Obama's $1,500 suits or Sen. John McCain's $520 Ferragamo shoes.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 18, 2008 Mormon Beefcake: Did a frisky calendar get an LDS member excommunicated?
QUOTE: Pin-up calendars are nothing new, but this one has a twist: it shows handsome, recently returned Mormon missionaries both in and out of traditional missionary garb. That fusion of sexuality and religion in "Men on a Mission" was so combustible that last weekend the calendar's creator, Chad Hardy of Las Vegas, was excommunicated by a disciplinary council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Newsweek Jun 09, 2008 A Self-Described Steroid User Loses Job as Fitness Model
QUOTE: "I didn’t think I would get into that much trouble, because I thought it was pretty apparent that the top people in the industry use steroids to look like we do.” A company whose products he endorsed, Iovate Health Sciences, apparently did not think so, and promptly severed Mr. Boeving’s contract.
New York Times Jun 06, 2008 Turkey’s High Court Overturns Headscarf Rule
QUOTE: Turkey’s highest court dealt a stinging slap to the governing party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, ruling that a legal change allowing women attending universities to wear head scarves was unconstitutional. The Constitutional Court said in a brief statement that the change, proposed by Mr. Erdogan’s party and passed by Parliament in February, violated principles of secularism set in Turkey’s Constitution.
New York Times May 21, 2008 Health and Your Career: Is Your Weight Affecting Your Career?
QUOTE: overweight people who have experienced weight-based discrimination in the workforce. While many victims of the bias have suspected their appearance has been hurting their careers, two new studies analyzing decades' worth of research show just how pervasive the problem is.
Forbes Apr 08, 2008 Moscow Killings Blamed on Racism: Non-Slavs Targeted, Rights Groups Say
QUOTE: The killing of [a Moscow man], which remains under investigation, is part of a wave of racially motivated murders in Moscow that has put the city's migrant communities on edge, particularly people from Central Asia, according to human rights groups. Easily singled out because of their non-Slavic appearance, Central Asian workers have borne the brunt of the attacks by skinheads and neo-Nazis.
Washington Post Mar 26, 2008 This Land: A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly
QUOTE: Bullying is everywhere, including here in Fayetteville...A decade ago a Fayetteville student was mercilessly harassed and beaten for being gay. After a complaint was filed with the Office of Civil Rights, the district adopted procedures to promote tolerance and respect — none of which seems to have been of much comfort to Billy Wolfe.
New York Times Mar 14, 2008 The Dark Side of 'Corking Up': Minstrelsy may be dead, but white actors playing people of color is still a thorny issue.
QUOTE: Armisen's Obama does provide us an opportunity to revisit the thorny subject of whether or not it's OK for actors to darken their skin in order to play minority characters...Why are some "blackface" performances pounced on while others skate by?
Newsweek Feb 29, 2008 Did 'SNL' Go Beyond the Pale With Fauxbama? Lorne Michaels Defends Casting Of Non-Black Man in Sketch
QUOTE: The Obama portrayal has given critics a chance to make a second claim about "SNL": that it under-employs African American performers. When it began looking for someone to play Obama, the show had few alternatives..."It's not about race," [producer Lorne] Michaels insisted via phone. "It's about getting a take on Obama, where it serves the comedy and the writing..."
Washington Post Jan 29, 2008 Weighty Assumptions: Doctors Too Quick to Blame Obese Patients' Ills on Fat, Studies Suggest
QUOTE: Overweight and obese patients have long complained that doctors treat them insensitively and are too quick to attribute health problems to their weight. But their claims of bias were often met with skepticism -- until recently. [New research] is adding to evidence that the problem may be real and may affect patients' quality of care.
Washington Post Sep 04, 2007 Looks matter at high-profile trials
QUOTE: Their impressions of Spector's over-the-top fashion statements and nebbish-like demeanor could weigh as heavily, legal analysts say, as any of the conflicting expert testimony about ballistics, blood spatter and other forensic evidence.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 23, 2007 Fighting harassment on India's streets: Despite resistance, women's groups are challenging the country's catcalling culture.
QUOTE: The efforts of academics, women's groups, and artists like Patheja are raising major questions about gender issues and the need for safe public space in a country that's often preferred to ignore them.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 08, 2007 Will Her Face Determine His Fortune?
QUOTE: Is America ready for a president with a trophy wife? The question may seem sexist, even crass, but serious people — as well as Mr. Thompson’s supporters — have been wrestling with the public reaction to Jeri Kehn Thompson...
New York Times Jun 18, 2007 In Louisiana town, wearing low-rider pants may cost you: Supporters say the new ordinance aims to curb indecent behavior while opponents say it infringes on freedom of personal expression.
QUOTE: in its zeal to right what they see as a fashion wrong that touches on immorality and indecency, critics say this gritty Cajun shrimp-and-oil village has waded into a racial and generational morass.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 04, 2007 Too Hairy To Teach? (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: While the principal behaved legally, she acted unethically and unprofessionally by basing a hiring decision on your husband's facial foliage (if that is actually what she did)....This system is odd and unnecessary -- a single rate that factors in sleeping and waking time would achieve similar results -- but it is not unjust.
uExpress Dec 01, 2006 Is there a "black vote" in Venezuela?
QUOTE: Barlovento is home to one of the largest concentrations of black Venezuelans in the country, and it is a center of the growing Afro-Venezuelan movement. But leaders here say that their struggle for increased visibility is too often a lonely one, even though the government claims to represent the world's downtrodden.
Slate Nov 18, 2006 FDA Ends Ban on Silicone Implants: Safety Concerns Led to '92 Moratorium
QUOTE: "The Food and Drug Administration ended its 14-year ban on the cosmetic use of silicone breast implants yesterday, despite lingering safety concerns from some health advocates."
Washington Post Nov 12, 2006 Lured Toward Modern Life, Pygmy Families Left in Limbo: Lured Toward Modern Life, Pygmy Families Left in Limbo
QUOTE: Perhaps more so than any of the 400 other ethnic groups in Congo, Pygmies have historically been ostracized or romanticized for their traditions, and cut off from education, health care and any legal means of securing land they have inhabited for centuries in the forests.
Washington Post Oct 20, 2006 Taking on the veil: West looks to assimilation
QUOTE: The longer the cultural dissonance generated by 9/11, the "war on terror," and suicide attacks ensues, the harder it is getting to ignore the semidetached status of Muslim communities.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 18, 2006 Immigrants and the Whiter-Shade-of-Pale Bonus
QUOTE: legal immigrants to the United States who had darker complexions or were shorter earned less money than their fair-skinned or taller counterparts with similar jobs, training and backgrounds.
Washington Post Sep 13, 2006 Will racial fairness 'Survive'?
QUOTE: If it sounds absurd that a quintet could represent all the millions of African Americans in this country, it's supposed to. That's as plausible as viewers getting to know these contestants as individuals when "Survivor" has lumped them into groups based on the color of their skin.
Detroit News Jun 12, 2006 Body Suit: She Grew in Her Career as a Dancer, Maybe Too Much. Cue the Lawyers.
QUOTE: Allegedly getting fired for the prudish-sounding sin of busting out of one's costume is even more surprising... But the dance world doesn't necessarily view such firing decisions as hypocritical; they are merely business as usual.
Washington Post Apr 13, 2006 Black Driver Sues Over Montgomery Police Stop
QUOTE: An African American martial arts instructor filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against Montgomery County and a county police officer, alleging that he was pulled over and handcuffed because he is black.
Washington Post Mar 12, 2006 Bachelet Sworn In As Chile's President: Economic Development And Equality Top Goals
QUOTE: Vowing to capitalize on the surging spirit of equal opportunity that helped vault her into Chile's presidency, Michelle Bachelet on Saturday took control of a country eager to shed its dictatorial past and bolster its economic development. Bachelet, 54, inherits a comfortable budget surplus and extensive international trade relations, but also persistent inequalities that she attributes to discrimination on the basis of class, sex and geography.
Washington Post May 03, 2005 Ugly Children May Get Parental Short Shrift
QUOTE: Parents would certainly deny it, but Canadian researchers have made a startling assertion: parents take better care of pretty children than they do ugly ones.
New York Times May 04, 2004 Operation for Obesity Leaves Some in Misery
QUOTE: A recent study [of gastric bypass surgury--Ed.] suggests that the overall death rate is twice the figure of 0.5 to 1 percent that is usually cited, and higher still if a surgeon lacks experience. Researchers also express concern that the operations are being performed on children and teenagers with scant evidence about long-term effects.
New York Times Nov 29, 2003 As Obesity Rises, Health Care Indignities Multiply
QUOTE: "Size discrimination is the last bastion of bigotry in this country, and the medical profession isn't any more sensitive than anyone else," said Dr. Butch Rosser.
New York Times Sep 17, 2003 Bolshoi Decides It's Over Before 'Fat' Lady Dances
QUOTE: ...one of Russia's most famous ballerinas, was fired by Moscow's Bolshoi Theater because they claimed she was too fat to dance in their ballet troop.
New York Times Aug 04, 2003 Obese People Are Taking Their Bias Claims to Court
QUOTE: "While the nation's fair-employment laws bar discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex or age, those laws generally do not prohibit employers from discriminating based on physical appearance..."
New York Times Jul 20, 2003 Race, sex, and age drive ticketing: Minorities and men least likely to receive warnings
QUOTE: In Boston, for example, 42 percent of white women, 53 percent of white men, 58 percent of minority women, and 68 percent of minority men were ticketed when cited for speeding 15 m.p.h. over in a 30 m.p.h. zone.
Boston Globe Jul 07, 2001 Social Warming: Japan's Disabled Gain New Status
QUOTE: ...the establishment of a program at Tokyo University, Japan's oldest, most prestigious such institution, represented a watershed for the disabled.
New York Times Jan 01, 1111 Body Art in the Workplace
QUOTE: Men and women flaunt pierced navels at the beach, sterling silver glinting in the sun. Tattoo parlors have popped up in suburban areas....Companies can limit employees' personal expression on the job as long as they do not impinge on their civil liberties.
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