[Chicago Tribune] In a decision that could alter the way businesses on the Las Vegas Strip operate, the state’s civil rights panel has found that a health club discriminated against men by charging them more for membership than they charged women.
The panel, the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, found that the Las Vegas Athletic Club’s offers of reduced rates to women were discriminatory. But it also said that the gym’s decision to provide private workout areas to women, but not to men, was not.
Daily Archives: August 13, 2008
[Calgary Herald] The absolutist argument that everybody should be able to say anything they please about anyone at all falls flat. The absolutists counter talk of responsible use by grumbling about how other people’s hurt feelings result in perpetrators being “hauled” before human rights commissions.
First, nobody is “hauled” anywhere. “Hauled” evokes the image of two burly guards frog-marching a hapless individual into a building. When a complaint is filed with a human rights commission, the accused person is asked to respond via a letter outlining his or her side of the situation; “hauling” does not take place.
Thanks for the English lesson. Now allow us to practice our absolute human right to say, “Go fuck yourself.” We don’t really mean you need to “fuck” while you “go,” but you’re always welcome to try.
A lawyer complains in Toronto, and the OHRC tells the entire province’s transport system to change. Oh, and to spend your money.
[Intelligencer] City bus drivers have raised health and safety concerns over calling out bus stops, once again preventing Belleville from complying with an Ontario Human Rights Commission tribunal ruling.
Some training has begun for the announcements, Hodgson said. Information sheets have been made for drivers who may not be familiar with all the city streets and administration is figuring out how to name certain stops which are not located at intersections.
Ellis admitted he had not expected the matter to become such an ordeal.
Wanted: one traitor to change their country according to UN policy. Good benefits, flexible hours, 30 vacation days per year.
[European Voice] This is an opportunity to help influence the forthcoming European equality directive on goods and services, and to maximise the impact of UN human rights treaty processes on GB [Great Britain] policy and practice, in collaboration with policy and legal colleagues.
- Excellent benefits package
- 30 days annual leave plus 8 bank and public holidays (pro rata for part-time
- flexi-time working
- the choice of a civil service or stakeholder pension scheme
- salary sacrifice child care vouchers scheme
A smooth move from the OHRC, as they make an investment for complaints well into the future.
[CNW] Kindergarten to grade 8 students in Ontario’s elementary public schools soon will be learning how ‘racism hurts’ and what they can do to combat it, thanks to a unique campaign announced today. The campaign, ‘racism hurts’, is a partnership between the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). It consists of a poster and curriculum materials to help teachers begin a dialogue with students about human rights, discrimination, and racism, and to get students to think about what they can do when they experience or observe racism in their school and in their community.
[Globe and Mail] China was under intense scrutiny ahead of its Summer Olympics, and the host country’s media decided on Tuesday it was time to turn the tables.
Moments after announcing a new Winter Olympics press centre for Vancouver, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell was questioned closely about perceived problems with the 2010 Games.