From Robert To Emma: The Journey Of A Transgender MinnesotanCaitlyn Jenner told the world what the transgender community needs while accepting an award for courage last week. The former Olympian announced months ago she would begin living as a woman. A transgender woman from Minnesota made the same decision, and she is now documenting her very personal story.
Carpenter Alleges Workplace Racism After Finding Noose, Being FiredA Twin Cities man believes he was targeted at his workplace because of his race. Lee Jackson says Lunda Construction hired him to work on the St. Croix Crossing project that will replace the Stillwater Bridge. After just a few months, he says he discovered a noose at the job site.
North Dakota Governor Wants Ban On Gay DiscriminationNorth Dakota's Republican governor on Thursday said state lawmakers missed an opportunity to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination when they failed for the third time in six years to pass a measure that would prohibit bias in housing and employment based on sexual orientation.
Discrimination Claim Filed Against University Of MinnesotaA complaint has been filed against the University of Minnesota that alleges gender discrimination in intercollegiate athletics. The university says in a statement that a complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Twin Cities Woman Successfully Sues NorwayA Twin Cities woman has won a historic case against the country of Norway. Ellen Ewald sued Norway after finding out she had different benefits and pay than her male coworkers at the Norwegian Consulate.
Beyond Marriage, Challenges Ahead For Gay Rights GroupsEven as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories. In Congress, for example, liberal Democrats plan to introduce civil rights bills in the House and Senate that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
Man With Disabilities, Walker Refused Service By 5 Cab DriversA Twin Cities man with disabilities says five different cab drivers refused to take him home. It happened Saturday night when Mike Cohn went to leave Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in St Louis Park.
Man With Service Dog Sues Minneapolis McDonald'sA Minnesota man is suing McDonald's after he says a manager told him he wasn't welcome with his service dog. Robert Mingo uses a wheelchair. His dog, a springer mix named Max, helps with everyday tasks. Mingo filed a discrimination lawsuit against the store.
EEOC Sues Minnesota Home Health Care ProviderA federal agency is suing a Minneapolis area home health care provider for allegedly discriminating against a former employee with a disability. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit Monday against Baywood Home Care.
City Leaders, Activists Look To Chief's Action On MPD MisconductOn Saturday, the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation issued a statement about two cases involving off-duty officers accused of racial bias. The Federation says it concurs with Chief Janee Harteau's statement that "racism and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated within the MPD." They said they want exactly what Chief Harteau wants: the community's trust that officers will impartially and objectively protect the public. The union wants a seat at the table when the powers that be meet to discuss how to deal with these accusations of misconduct.
Chief Harteau: MPD ‘No Place For Racism Or Discrimination’Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau issued a statement Friday afternoon regarding her department’s stand on racism and discriminatory behavior after two off-duty Minneapolis Police officers were involved in a racially-charged incident in Green Bay, Wis in June. Chief Harteau says the conduct of Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell “overshadows” the work of her department and her staff, and will not be allowed.
Good Question: Can You Be Fired For Off-The-Job Comments?Whatever the real reason the Vikings had for cutting punter Chris Kluwe, every employee and employer struggles with the line between at-work conduct and off-hour behavior. Can you be fired for what you say outside of work?
Suit: United Discriminated Against Muslim CoupleA Muslim couple is suing United Airlines for alleged racial discrimination after they were asked to leave a Minnesota-bound flight in 2011.
Opinion: Obama Is Trying To Buy The Hispanic And Female Vote With Another Government GiveawayConveniently-timed for Obama's reelection, the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Resolution program began September 24, 2012 – just a month-and-a-half before the election. Apparently the Obama administration did not care about this alleged injustice to females and Hispanics any time in the past three-and-a-half years. It just happened to be thought about and addressed now – just before voters pull the lever.
Fired Senate Staffer Denied Unemployment BenefitsThe Republican Senate staffer fired for an affair with the majority leader had been denied jobless benefits, reports Minnesota Public Radio.