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An assault on the concept of “diversity” in college admissions is underway, this time by Asian Americans and older Americans. A group called Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) recently filed a brief in U.S. District Court of Massachusetts seeking immediate judgment in its favor in its 2014 lawsuit against Harvard University. The group is equating …
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A study committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine is urging sate legislatures and Congress to pass new laws to better protect targets of sexual harassment from retaliation. In a recently released report,  the Committee on the Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia states that current laws, policies and procedures don’t work …
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A working group conceded this week that the federal judiciary’s policies for addressing complaints of sexual harassment and workplace abuse are inadequate. However, the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group issued a report that makes a troubling recommendation and fails to address what to do about federal judges with lifetime tenure who engage in sexual …
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What happens when  an individual or group asserts a human right that interferes with another individual or group’s rights and freedoms? If the disadvantaged group is older Americans, their rights silently slip away. Earlier this month, a coalition of 55 top U.S. companies  called The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative issued a press release touting a  “long-term …
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Democracy in America is under attack, according to The National Judicial College. The NCJ, based in Reno, NV, sounds a warning bell in an email fundraising appeal entitled, “In times like these, America is counting on judges.” According to the NCJ: “Democracy’s last line of defense is being tested … Today many foundational elements of …
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The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that employees can simply insert a clause in a contract to prevent workers from joining class-action lawsuits. In other words, the Court ruled 5-4 that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) of 1925 trumps a law passed by Congress a decade later, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935. …
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The vast majority of Americans are effectively locked out of federal courts because they have no money and the “system” is almost intentionally hostile and  un-navigable for lay people. Yet U.S. courts are more than willing to spend endless hours and unlimited taxpayer dollars on cases where the guilt is patently obvious if the parties …
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The case primarily involves age discrimination but includes a sex discrimination claim. The sex discrimination claim gave rise to a venue dispute involving where the lawsuit could be filed. The federal government said the case had to be transferred from Arizona to Nevada because of a special venue provision in Title VII of the Civil …
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It is unfortunate that 64 women have signed a letter supporting Tom Brokow, the NBC television journalist who was accused of sexual harassment by two women this week. The thrust of the letter, signed by Rachel Maddow, Maria Schriver and Andrea Mitchell, is that Brokaw was respectful to them so he can’t possibly be a …
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A recent poll has found that civility is worsening, promoting political gridlock, causing people to disengage from politics and leading to intolerance of free speech. These were the findings of the 8th installment of Civility in America, an online poll conducted in January by KRC Research of Washington, DC, for two public relations firms,  Weber …
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