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What Does Segregation Look Like Today

By Chris Hoenig When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with America 50 years ago, undisguised segregation was the norm. In schools and bathrooms, on buses and at water fountains, overt racial division was not just accepted, it was advertised. Dr. King’s goal was simple: absolute equality. “I…

Walmart to Offer Domestic-Partner Benefits

By Chris Hoenig and Barbara Frankel Photo by trekandshoot / Shutterstock.com After years of urging by DiversityInc and the Human Rights Campaign, the world’s largest retailer is going to offer health-insurance benefits to domestic partners, including same-gender partners, starting next year. Walmart officials say the decision was spurred by a…

Obama on The Butler: 'Oprah, My Girl, She Can Act'

By Chris Hoenig Photo by Shutterstock Commander-in-Chief More like Reviewer-in-Chief. Doing his best Siskel and Ebert, President Obama shared his opinion of Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Oprah Winfrey’s performance in particular, during a radio interview from the Oval Office. “Oprah, my girl, she can act,” the President said of…

Study: Latino Families Not Served by Autism Tests

By Chris Hoenig Photo by Shutterstock At a time when autism diagnoses are at an all-time high, most pediatricians don’t offer the tests necessary to screen Spanish-speaking children. A study by Oregon Health and Science University researchers in the journal Pediatrics found only about 10 percent of California pediatricians offer…

Oprah Responds to Racist Incident at Swiss Store

By Chris Hoenig Oprah Winfrey is taking on a media balancing act: trying to downplay her recent experience as a victim of racism at a store in Switzerland while simultaneously making it clear that incidents like it are far too common. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the media mogul…

Singer Assaulted After Dedicating Song to Trayvon Martin

By Chris Hoenig Singer Lester Chambers is recovering after being attacked by a fan at a California music festival, where he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin. On July 13 at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival, in the East Bay area near Oakland—hours before a jury returned a not-guilty…

Congressman: Affordable Care Act Tanning Tax Is Racist

By Chris Hoenig A Florida congressman says a provision of the Affordable Care Act is racist because it discriminates against customers based on skin color. Proving that it’s not always sunny in the Sunshine State, Representative Ted Yoho told the crowd at a town-hall meeting in Gainesville, Fla., that he…

August Legal Roundup: How Did Employer Discover Medical-Leave Fraud

Here’s the latest on some employment-related cases that have gone before the courts: Family and Medical Leave Act | Disability Discrimination | Age Discrimination | Sex Discrimination | Religious Discrimination | National Labor Review Board Family and Medical Leave Act Talking to the press was not wise, and led to…