Posts Tagged ‘discrimination’

Federal panel approves state’s redistricting plan

JACKSON — Three federal judges say they won’t redraw Mississippi’s legislative districts or order the state to hold a new round of elections in 2013. The order came yesterday in a lawsuit that the state chapter of the NAACP had filed earlier to challenge state House and Senate redistricting. Legislative maps have to be updated […] [...]

Judge sets opt-out deadline for discrimination lawsuit

LAUREL — A federal judge has set an opt-out deadline of Nov. 29 for those eligible for part of a proposed, $1.3-million class-action settlement alleging discriminatory hiring practices at Howard Industries, which was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants. The discrimination was filed by four black women who claimed the […] [...]

Court reverses ruling in university soccer coaches’ case

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled against three former University of Southern Mississippi soccer coaches who claimed sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. The Hattiesburg American reports the ruling reversed a 2008 Forrest County Circuit verdict that awarded a total of $1.2 million in damages to the coaches. The Supreme Court found insufficient evidence […] [...]

Lawmakers going to court to block NAACP lawsuit

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are going to federal court to oppose a lawsuit the state NAACP filed over redistricting. The suit seeks to block new state House and Senate districts that were drawn by lawmakers earlier this year and approved by the U.S. Justice Department in September. The suit by the state chapter of the […] [...]

Hosemann responds to NAACP regarding redistricting

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has released a statement following the NAACP’s legal action regarding redistricting. Hosemann wrote: “It has always been my position the Mississippi Legislature should be able to redistrict itself and not the federal courts. The Mississippi House and Senate adopted fair redistricting plans that even received approval by the […] [...]

Black dancers bring discrimination lawsuit against strip club

JACKSON — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a federal lawsuit against a Mississippi strip club that it says discriminated against black dancers. The lawsuit alleges that Danny’s Cabaret in Jackson forced black dancers to work less lucrative shifts than whites, subjected them to arbitrary fees and fines and excluded them from advertisements promoting […] [...]

Hosemann to Justice: People have spoken on voter ID

JACKSON — In response to the Department of Justice’s request for more information about the new state voter identification law, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the people of Mississippi have already spoken to whether the law is discriminatory or not. In a statement, Hosemann said: “The Department of Justice has requested information from the […] [...]

Hosemann thinks new voter ID law will hold up in court

JACKSON — Mississippi’s photo voter identification law may survive legal challenges because the state has made plans to provide free ID cards in many locations, the secretary of state says. Republican Delbert Hosemann told lawmakers he expects the U.S. Justice Department to reject Mississippi’s law after reviewing it under the Voting Rights Act. “It’s likely […] [...]

Ex-USM instructor files lawsuit with multiple allegations

HATTIESBURG — A former University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has brought numerous civil claims against the university, asking for reinstatement and unspecified actual and compensatory damages in a lawsuit removed to U.S. District Court. The Hattiesburg American reports Bonnie Gerald also lists former university president Martha Saunders, former provost Robert Lyman and faculty members […] [...]

Justice Department objects to school desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Department of Justice has objected to the Cleveland School District’s plan to desegregate two local schools. The Bolivar Commercial reports the Justice Department filed the objection this past month with the U.S. District Court. In May, the school district filed a proposal with the federal court to desegregate the East Side […] [...]

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