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The stage for discrimination: How one Spokane man desegregated the Pantages chain of vaudeville theaters

On Sept. 15, 1918, Samuel Moore and his girlfriend Sadie Miller attempted to attend a vaudeville performance at Spokane’s Pantages Theatre. An usher told them that because they were black, …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 7:04 p.m.

Train station experiment reveals one way to counteract bias against Muslims

The findings, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal that discrimination is a somewhat fluid phenomenon that can be mitigated – within certain limits.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Twitter bans ‘dehumanizing’ posts toward religious groups

Twitter now prohibits hate speech that targets religious groups by using dehumanizing language, a ban it says may extend to other categories like race and gender.


Judge: Census question might have discriminatory motive

New evidence paints a “disturbing picture” that racial discrimination may be the motive behind the Trump administration’s push to ask everyone in the country about citizenship status, a federal judge …


University of Idaho professor files discrimination lawsuit

A University of Idaho law professor says she was discriminated against based on her gender and race and faced retaliation after reporting concerns.


Poll finds older Americans more likely to believe they face workplace discrimination

A poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research says about half of Americans think there’s age discrimination in the workplace.


Microsoft overhauls how it investigates office misbehavior

Microsoft is revamping its practices for investigating workplace investigations after a group of women shared stories of discrimination and sexual harassment.


Face recognition researcher fights Amazon over biased AI

Facial recognition technology was already seeping into everyday life – from your photos on Facebook to police scans of mugshots – when Joy Buolamwini noticed a serious glitch: Some of …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

Facebook will overhaul its ad-targeting systems to prevent discrimination in housing, credit and employment ads as part of a legal settlement.


Vancouver police officer files suit alleging sex discrimination

Another gender discrimination lawsuit was filed against the city of Vancouver last month, this time by a police officer, alleging discrimination based on sex, harassment and retaliation.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:45 a.m.

In first opinion of new term, justices issue unanimous ruling backing firefighters alleging age discrimination

The Supreme Court has decided unanimously that local governments with small workforces must comply with a federal law against age discrimination.


Older workers get wiser: More Americans are delaying retirement, but finding jobs later in life isn’t so easy

A growing share of baby boomers is opting to work well into what traditionally would be their retirement years, but the challenges of remaining employed or re-entering the workforce at …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 2:39 p.m.

U.S. regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

Federal regulators have served Facebook with a complaint alleging the company’s advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination.


Japan urges quick probe of female med school discrimination

Japan’s government urged a medical university to promptly disclose the results of an investigation into its admissions process Friday after reports alleged it had altered the test scores of female …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Facebook must end discriminatory ad practice under deal with Washington attorney general

Facebook will be legally required to end its practice of allowing businesses to block certain groups like blacks, gays and immigrants from viewing ads under an agreement reached with the …


NAACP lifts American Airlines travel advisory that warned of discrimination against black passengers

The NAACP announced Tuesday it is lifting a travel advisory warning black passengers against traveling with American Airlines that was put in place last year following a string of incidents …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 11:50 a.m.

Idaho pharmacist sues hospital after alleged discrimination

A former pharmacist for a Boise hospital has filed a lawsuit alleging she was subject to racist and sexist harassment by multiple employees before being wrongfully terminated after just five …


Deal struck to settle discrimination suit against Motel 6

Motel 6 has tentatively agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleges it discriminated against some Latino customers at two Phoenix locations by giving their whereabouts and personal information to immigration …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

Women suing Microsoft did not prove companywide bias practices, judge says

Two women suing Microsoft over gender discrimination did not prove that performance reviews were conducted so uniformly across the company that thousands of other women could join the bias case, …


Saints ex-cheerleader files discrimination complaint against team

A former New Orleans Saints cheerleader has filed a discrimination complaint against the NFL team with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 7:53 a.m.

New law targets discrimination against low-income renters

Washington landlords can’t turn down prospective tenants or evict current ones for paying some of their rent with vouchers or other government aid, a new law says.


Homelessness bill bans discrimination against those on aid

Legislators are advancing a bill that would prohibit landlords from turning away tenants who rely on Section 8 vouchers, Social Security or veterans benefits.


State uses sting operation to fine companies accused of veteran housing discrimination

Three Spokane-area rental companies illegally discriminated against veterans who use federal housing vouchers, according to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.


Romanian PM who called rivals ‘autistic’ cleared of bias

A government council cleared Romania’s prime minister Monday of wrongdoing for using the word “autistic” to describe political rivals.


Then and Now: The Harlem Club

Ernest James “Jim” Brown, born around 1891 in Tennessee, arrived in Spokane in the mid-1920s as the chauffeur for H.D. Lee, the businessman responsible for Lee overalls. By the early …


Cincinnati area shaken by racial taunts, insults in schools

From a middle-school teacher’s warning to a black student that he could get lynched to derogatory chants by students at a high school basketball game, racial issues have triggered an …


Suit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against Latino customers

A civil rights group sued Motel 6 on Tuesday, alleging it discriminated against some Latino customers at two locations in Phoenix by giving their whereabouts and personal information to U.S. …


Survey: Half of women in STEM jobs say they’ve faced discrimination

As Silicon Valley’s workplace diversity wars play out, a Pew Research survey finds that half of women who work in science, technology, engineering and math say they have experienced some …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Spokane City Council votes to ‘ban the box’ for private employers, fines delayed one year

A five-vote supermajority of the Spokane City Council voted Monday night to “ban the box” and potentially impose fines on noncompliant businesses beginning in 2019. The law will take effect …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:41 a.m.

Spokane City Council may ban businesses from asking for job seekers’ criminal backgrounds on applications

Three years after eliminating the question about criminal history from applications for jobs at City Hall, lawmakers are proposing a measure that would extend to all employers within city limits. …