Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a lawsuit in favor of Catastrophe Management Solutions against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), allowing the company to refuse employment to people with dreadlocks.
The EEOC filed the lawsuit on behalf of Chastity Jones, a Black woman from Alabama who lost a job offer because she refused to cut her dreadlocks.
In the lawsuit, the EEOC asserts CMS’s decision to deny Jones the job based on her hair was a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s Title VII. The EEOC’s main argument was that some employers see Black people with dreadlocks challenging to work with and unsuitable in the workplace.
The court stated, “culturally associated with race” is not the same as “immutable physical characteristics.” Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a federal law that protects employees against discrimination based on certain specified characteristics: race, color, national origin, sex and religion. The courts have used Title VII to protect against “immutable characteristics” and not cultural practices.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a double-digit lead in the Democratic nominating contest, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. Sanders has 31% support nationally, up 9 points since December, the last time the poll asked about Democratic voters’ preferences.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in second place with 19%. With this poll, Bloomberg has qualified for the Nevada debate, despite not being on the ballot there for Saturday’s caucuses.
Michael Bloomberg’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination has been criticized for of one of his signature policies as mayor of New York City: “stop and frisk,” the controversial police practice of temporarily detaining, questioning and searching residents who were overwhelmingly black or Latino.
Since the month he launched his campaign, Bloomberg has issued repeated apologies for stop and frisk. But he has also offered a misleading narrative that omits key facts about his history with the policy.
India’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of equal rights in the armed forces, ordering the government to grant permanent commission and command positions to women officers on par with men.
The judgment, seen as a landmark decision for the Indian military, means that all women will now be eligible for the same promotions, ranks, benefits and pensions as their male counterparts, irrespective of their years of service or whether they had retired.
The decision comes after the government told the court that female officers were not physically and physiologically suitable to hold permanent commissions in the armed forces.
Russia announced it will suspend entry for Chinese citizens from February 20, as daily infections on the Chinese mainland fell below 2,000 for the first time since January.
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China reached at least 1,868 with 72,436 infections confirmed, according to health officials.
There have been 92 cases of human-to-human spread of the coronavirus in 12 countries outside China but the World Health Organization (WHO) does not have the data to make comparisons with China, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
A growing number of countries around the world are evacuating or planning to evacuate diplomatic staff and citizens from parts of China and a cruise ship in Japan hit by the new coronavirus.
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