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By [JENNIFER SKALKA] and [JENNIFER SKALKA],Sun Reporter | May 16, 2007
Gov.Martin O'Malley signed an executive order yesterday stating that state employment decisions will be based solely on merit and fitness, and reinforcing an anti-discrimination policy for hiring and personnel activity. The order also mandates that the secretary of budget and management appoint a statewide equal opportunity coordinator to ensure that Maryland is complying with state and federal employment laws. "To bring the best workers to Maryland?s state government we need to guarantee every employee the basic protections that they deserve, and that our state government sets an example for equal employment opportunities throughout Maryland," the governor said in a statement.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff writer | November 18, 1990
The Carroll County Community Relations Commission has drawn 10 complaints of discrimination on the basis of physical disability, race and ethnicity during its first 10 months.Still, "There are people who really believe we don't have those problems in Carroll County," said Carroll County Commissioner Jeff Griffith at a panel discussion and forum the Community Relations Commission conducted Wednesday night at William Winchester Elementary School in Westminster.About 30 people attended the forum, conducted to publicize the new commission's goal of investigating disputes over discrimination for race, gender, age, religion, physical and mental handicaps, marital status, national origin and ancestry.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 25, 2001
Fifty percent of Maryland voters support a state law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, while 36 percent oppose the law and 14 percent are undecided, according to a poll released yesterday. The poll by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research found that women are more likely than men to favor the law, which was approved this year by the General Assembly. The firm surveyed 625 likely voters by telephone between Friday and Monday. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
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By Chai Feldblum | September 24, 2007
On Sept. 5, Michael Carney, an openly gay Massachusetts police officer, eloquently told members of the House of Representatives why the Employment Non-Discrimination Act continues to be essential. Mr. Carney, who endured job discrimination once he made the courageous decision to come out to his colleagues, said, "Had I not been successful in fighting the bias that tried to prevent me from working, all the good I have done for some of the most vulnerable people in my community would never have happened."
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By Michael K. Burns | April 11, 1991
Bethlehem Steel Corp. police department officers traded job favors for sex from female employees, according to a federal sex discrimination suit filed by a guard who claims she was fired for threatening to expose the practice.The suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore alleges that the chief of the Sparrows Point police force and a lieutenant did not enforce discipline against several female security guards with whom they were intimately involved, while penalizing employees who complained.
FEATURES
By Cox News Service | November 16, 1990
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- At Hooters, the chicken wings come mild, medium, hot or Three Mile Island. But these days it's the breasts that are causing all the heat.A sex discrimination complaint against the popular restaurant chain could leave judges and lawyers debating one deceptively simple question -- just what does Hooters really sell? Chicken wings or cheesecake?Two weeks ago, a district director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Pasco County near Tampa found that Hooters discriminates against men by hiring only women as bartenders and waitresses.
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By Steve Chapman | June 8, 2004
CHICAGO -- David R. Gillespie may be an unlikely Rosa Parks, but we have to take our civil rights heroes where we find them. Ms. Parks rebelled because, being black, she was told to ride in the back of an Alabama bus while whites got to sit up front. Mr. Gillespie could not tolerate paying a $5 cover price on "ladies' night" at a New Jersey bar while females were getting in free. This being a civil rights drama, you can guess how it ends. Mr. Gillespie took legal action, and last week, the walls of discrimination came tumbling down.
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By CLARENCE PAGE | February 9, 1993
Washington -- A caller to a radio show recently suggested that the fate of Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott, punished by fellow baseball owners for uttering racial slurs, should be left up to market forces. If the fans are offended, the caller reasons, the fans should stay away from her ballpark.That, to me, is free advice that's worth every penny of what the listener pays to hear it.But there is another way that market forces could play a bigger role in encouraging equal opportunity. Former Harvard Law Professor Derrick Bell suggests something similar in his book ''Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | November 1, 1994
PHILADELPHIA -- After three weeks of riveting testimony and high-stakes lawyering that rivaled the film "Philadelphia," the AIDS discrimination trial of "Scott Doe" ended yesterday in a way that would never have played on the big screen.With a secret settlement, which lawyer onlookers suggested would have to be at least $1 million."I'm elated, I'm glad it's over, and I'm looking forward to getting along with my legal career," said the lawyer, 30, after the 14 federal court jurors were told that the settlement had ended the trial of his discrimination suit against his former employer, the prestigious law firm of Kohn, Nast & Graf.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | March 3, 1998
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge rejected yesterday a discrimination suit by the city's Community Relations Commission against another city agency, ruling that the commission took too long handling the 18-year-old complaint of a former city worker.Judge Thomas E. Noel ruled that the commission "failed to exercise due diligence" in waiting until 1993 to issue an order directing the city housing department to hire Denver Johnson as a housing inspector.Johnson, a former temporary housing inspector, filed a discrimination complaint with the commission June 16, 1980, alleging that he was denied a $20,982 full-time inspector's position because of his sex and that the job went to a less-qualified woman.
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