Author: Frank Kineavy

Court Finds Blanket Policies Not Discriminatory

By Frank Kineavy Magic Kingdom Should people with disabilities expect companies to cater to their convenience even if the companies already provide proper accommodations A federal judge in Orlando says no. The Walt Disney Company (No. 38 on the 2016 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity) in 2013 revised its…

Muslim Feminists Fight Islamophobia, Defy Stereotypes

By Frank Kineavy Photo: Shutterstock A new generation of Muslim feminists is emerging in America, dedicated to reshaping how the Western world views their culture. Attempting to combat stereotypes and create their own brand of feminism, these women are fighting against Islamophobia, racial profiling and surveillance, as well as promoting…

Iraqi Refugee Kicked Off Flight After Speaking Arabic

By Frank Kineavy Khairuldeen Makhzoomi An Iraqi refugee is seeking an apology from Southwest Airlines after experiencing what he calls “Islamophobia” from the airline and its employees. On April 5 Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a 26-year-old political science major at the University of California-Berkeley, had the opportunity to attend the World Affairs…

University Officials Face History of Sexual Harassment Allegations

By Frank Kineavy University of California-Berkeley Campus Academia giant University of California-Berkeley has a deep-seated sexual harassment problem embedded in its higher administration. Over the past five years, at least 19 UC-Berkeley employees have violated the university’s sexual harassment policy, resulting in resignation. A series of documents spanning from January…

Trump: Put Tubman on $2 Bill

While all of Republican party presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remaining election opponents have come out in support of the decision to feature civil rights icon Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill, Trump expressed disappointment in the U.S. Department of Treasury’s decision to bump former President Andrew Jackson…

Disability Activists Arrested for Protesting Outside White House

By Frank Kineavy AP Photo During a demonstration on the lawn of the White House, 49 protesters from the disability rights group ADAPT were arrested for blocking the sidewalk. ADAPT, which was one of the earliest groups to champion equality for people with disabilities, was calling on the president to…

Chicago Mayor Names New Police Chief, Ignoring Police Board

By Frank Kineavy Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday formally appointed Eddie Johnson, a Black, 27-year veteran of the force, to be the city’s interim police superintendent. Johnson’s appointment follows a tumultuous few months that saw the firing of former police superintendent Garry McCarthy in December amid growing calls for…

Corporate Pressure Forces Georgia Governor to Veto Anti-LGBT Law

By Frank Kineavy Bowing to pressure from various U.S. corporations, including a handful of DiversityInc Top 50 companies, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal this morning announced he plans to veto a proposed “anti-LGBT” bill. Deal was expected to sign the bill on May 3. Last week, companies pressured the governor to…

Lawmakers in N.Y., S.C. Seek to Unwelcome Refugees

By Frank Kineavy As the conflict in Syria escalates and ISIS continues to grow its global footprint, state representatives in South Carolina and New York say that while they are sympathetic to Syrian refugees, they prefer they not be in their states, citing the threat of terrorism as the reason….

Congressman Challenges 'Predatory Lawsuits' Exploiting ADA

By Frank Kineavy Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) New legislation has been introduced in California in response to a number of lawsuits from “high-frequency litigants” that are exploiting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to hurt small businesses. Since George H. W. Bush signed into law the ADA in July 1990,…