Discrimination

WaPo reporter sues paper for not assigning her to cover Kavanaugh matter

Featured image Felicia Sommez is a reporter for the Washington Post — part of the Post’s stable of lefty journalists. She has contributed to some of the dishonest anti-Trump stories we’ve critiqued on Power Line. See here, for example. Sommez has sued the Post and some of its editors for alleged discrimination and retaliation. Her core complaint is that she has not been assigned to cover stories about alleged sexual assault and »

In a glass house with Sheldon Whitehouse

Featured image If the media pursued Democrats as it pursues Republicans, the odious Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island would be hounded from public life. The Washington Free Beacon’s Joe Simsonson follows up on a story that we have found of interest. Imagine this: Democratic lawmakers and racial justice advocates have kept quiet about Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s membership in a racially exclusionary organization, seemingly satisfied with the Rhode Island Democrat’s explanation »

Sheldon Whitehouse belongs to all-White beach club he promised to quit years ago

Featured image Sheldon Whitehouse is among the most obnoxious members of the Senate. He’s also among the most hypocritical. Whitehouse calls himself progressive and an opponent of “systemic racism.” Yet, the New York Post reports that the Rhode Island Senator has belonged for decades to an all-White beach club. I call that regressive. Whitehouse has confirmed the truth of this report. What’s his defense? He says “I think the people who are »

Two court defeats for racist policies

Featured image There are enough destructive and unlawful woke policies going forward these days to keep dozens, if not hundreds, of public interest law firms working full time. I’m happy to report on two recent court successes (for now) in cases challenging such policies. In Texas, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has issued a temporary restraining order sought by a restaurant owner against the Biden Small Business Administration. The owner challenged the »

Chicago’s mayor to discriminate against reporters on the basis of race

Featured image Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago, has said she will base her decisions about which reporters can interview her on skin color. Only reporters with black or brown skin will have the privilege of one-on-one interviews with Her Lightness. There was a time — like this time last year — when I couldn’t have imagined a public figure doing such a thing. But now, with BLM and critical race theory »

California scraps SAT and ACT tests. Is it legal?

Featured image In a move that will favor Black applicants for admission, the University of California has agreed to no longer consider SAT or ACT scores when making admissions and scholarship decisions. Most colleges and universities are confident they can discriminate against White and Asian applicants without ditching these tests. They believe they can, in effect, award free points (hundreds of them in the case of the SAT) to Black applicants to »

Democrats Vote to Continue Discriminating Against Asians

Featured image With race the topic du jour, it is odd that more attention isn’t being paid to the most obvious discrimination in our society: that against Asians. While employers commonly engage in such discrimination, the most viciously discriminatory organizations in our society are universities. Thus, Senate Republicans offered an amendment to the new “COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act” that would have ended federal funding of universities that discriminate against Asian American applicants. »

Is United’s set-aside program for minority and female pilots legal?

Featured image Last night I wrote about United Airlines’ plan during this decade to train 5,000 pilots for jobs with United, and to have half of the 5,000 be women and “people of color.” I suggested that, unless United can show that this regime is necessary to make up for past discrimination based on race and gender, the company’s plan might lead to unlawful results. Today, a friend pointed out that in »

United Airlines plans to use race and gender-based quotas to select pilots

Featured image United Airlines has announced a new policy regarding the hiring of pilots. The company states: Over the next decade, United will train 5,000 pilots who will be guaranteed a job with United, after they complete the requirements of the Aviate program – and our plan is for half of them to be women and people of color. What if that “plan” is inconsistent with selecting the best qualified candidates for »

Biden fires EEOC general counsel for protecting religious rights

Featured image Joe Biden has fired EEOC general counsel Sharon Fast Gustafson. At least, he has tried to. I’m not sure he can. Nominated in 2018, Gustafson, a respected attorney, was finally confirmed by the Senate in August 2019 for a term of four years. However, Biden asked her to cut short her tenure after only about a year and a half. When she refused, he ordered her firing. To my knowledge, »

Amtrak, the Obama DOJ, and the ADA, a closer look

Featured image In this post, I reported that, thanks to the Trump Justice Department, Amtrak will no longer discriminate against the disabled. That’s because the Trump DOJ filed suit against the Amtrak. As a result, the company reached an agreement with the Justice Department to make its train stations accessible, as well as to provide training to staff on ADA requirements. The successful action against Amtrak is an example of how, under »

Thanks to Trump DOJ, Amtrak no longer discriminates against the disabled

Featured image It’s an article of faith among Democrats that the Trump administration did not enforce America’s civil rights laws. It’s also nonsense. As I have demonstrated, under President Trump the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, led by Eric Dreiband, vigorously enforced federal civil rights laws on behalf of all groups protected by these laws. The evidence is here. The beef of left-liberals against the Trump DOJ’s enforcement effort has nothing to do »

NASDAQ Strikes a Blow For Discrimination

Featured image Today NASDAQ filed proposed rules with the Securities and Exchange Commission that would “mandate diversity in the boardroom for companies listed on its stock exchange.” [T]he new rules would require companies on the stock exchange to have at least one woman director and one who self-identifies as an “underrepresented minority” or member of the LGBTQ community — or face possible delisting. NASDAQ’s president provided the usual spin: Nelson Griggs, the »

A perfect trustee for Dartmouth

Featured image I gave up on Dartmouth College years ago. The fact that Dartmouth has gone from a top seven ranking in campus free speech (according to the FIRE rankings) to third worst says much of what we need to know about the College’s decline in the past decade. To some extent, Dartmouth may also have given up on me. I no longer get calls from students soliciting money, even though I »

Labor Department’s disgraceful discrimination case against Oracle fails

Featured image In 2017, on its way out the door, the Obama Labor Department filed an action against Oracle for alleged pay discrimination against women and minority group members. The case was based on a flawed — indeed an indefensible — statistical analysis. I explained why in this post. The Trump administration should have dropped the case straight away. Instead, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta pursued it. So did Gene Scalia after »

Is Critical Race Training Illegal? (Part 2)

Featured image I noted here that U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow has written to the Mayor of the City of Seattle, suggesting that “critical race theory” or “white privilege” training that the city recently imposed on its employees likely violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race. Paul added that the Department of Justice has also sought information about the same training »

Parents sue Montgomery County schools over race discrimination

Featured image I’ve written before about how Montgomery County, Maryland, where I live, discriminates against Asian-Americans in education. The discrimination consists of limiting the number of Asian-Americans admitted to the County’s “magnet” programs for gifted students. The County wants more Black and Latino students in these programs. To achieve this, it admits these students based on lower standards than are required for other applicants. The result is the exclusion of some Asian-Americans »