A former employee of a California-based catering business has sued the company alleging abuse at one of their Oregon facilities by being referred to in gender specific terms.
Valeria Jones alleged that coworkers at Bon Appétit Management of Palo Alto frequently used words like "miss," "lady" and similar terms instead of more gender-neutral phrases.
Filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Jones, who lives in Oregon, is being represented by Portland attorney Donel Courtney. more >>
Planned Parenthood is set to pay $2 million to the family of a botched abortion victim in a wrongful death settlement, a circuit court in Illinois decided late last week. Pro-lifers say the punishment does not go far enough.
"The fact that Planned Parenthood has been allowed to merely pay 'hush money' to the victim's family without any further consequences is a slap in the face to every woman who walks through the doors of the nation's largest abortion provider," said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society.
The law group had filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation in February 2013 to investigate the death of 24-year-old Tonya Reaves, who died following a late-term abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility in Chicago on July 20, 2012. more >>
A church trial for a prominent United Methodist theologian who officiated his son's same-sex wedding ceremony has been postponed.
Initially the trial for retired seminary dean the Reverend Thomas Ogletree was scheduled for March 10, but a postponement was announced Monday.
A bill that aimed to ban sexual orientation change therapy for minors in the Commonwealth of Virginia was defeated in committee.
House Bill 1135 was recently defeated in a House of Delegates subcommittee of the Committee on Health Welfare and Institutions.
Barring transgender boys from using the girls' bathroom is a violation of Maine's Human Rights Act, according a state Supreme Court ruling last month.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled 5-1 that banning transgender boys from using girls' bathrooms violates their rights, in a decision from a 2009 lawsuit brought by the family of Nicole Maines' and the Maine Human Rights Commission.
In Doe v. Regional School Unit 26, the court found that a public school in Orono was in the wrong when it required then fifth-grade transgender student, Nicole, to use a faculty unisex bathroom instead of the girls' bathroom because a boy, who did not identify as transgender, twice followed her into the girls' bathroom, citing that he should have the same right. more >>
A coffee shop modeled after Starbucks but with the word "Dumb" in front of it was shut down Monday by the health inspector just days after opening.
"Dumb Starbucks Coffee" was a publicity stunt that offered free coffee while taking a jab at the multi-million dollar Seattle-based coffee company. While it seems like an infringement of rights, the comedian behind "Dumb Starbucks insisted it was a "work of parody art," and therefore protected from lawsuits under free speech. However, before the real Starbucks could call their lawyers, Los Angeles County health inspectors shut down "Dumb Starbucks" four days after opening for operating without a valid permit.
The fake coffee shop opened in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles and featured an uncanny sign featuring Starbucks' famous logo- but the sign included "Dumb" on it. more >>