Four Tops Singer Sues Hospital For Racial Discrimination

Alexander Morris, the lead singer of renowned Motown group the Four Tops, filed a lawsuit against a Michigan hospital on Monday, alleging that staff racially discriminated against him, physically restrained him for over an hour and denied him proper health care. Morris went to Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital on April 7 because he was having chest … Read more

Singer sues hospital, says staff thought he was mentally ill and wasn’t member of Four Tops

WARREN, Mich. — The lead singer of the Four Tops said a Detroit-area hospital restrained him and ordered a psychological exam after refusing to believe that he was part of the Motown music group. Alexander Morris, who is Black, filed a lawsuit Monday against Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, alleging racial discrimination and other misconduct … Read more

Ottawa to invest over $110M in new anti-racism strategy – National

The federal government is investing $110.4 million in an anti-racism and discrimination strategy, Canada’s minister of diversity, inclusion and persons with disabilities Kamal Khera announced Saturday. Khera said at a press conference the funds will support “hundreds” of projects and change the lives of “thousands” of Canadians. “The strategy incorporates the voices and lived experiences … Read more

Colorado the first state to move forward with attempt to regulate AI’s hidden role in American life

DENVER — The first attempts to regulate artificial intelligence programs that play a hidden role in hiring, housing and medical decisions for millions of Americans are facing pressure from all sides and floundering in statehouses nationwide. Only one of seven bills aimed at preventing AI’s penchant to discriminate when making consequential decisions — including who … Read more

Can Medicare money protect doctors from abortion crimes? It worked before, desegregating hospitals

ATLANTA — The Supreme Court’s pending Idaho abortion ruling may hinge on how federal spending power might protect doctors against a state’s criminal code. For guidance, the justices can look to the very beginning of Medicare in the 1960s, when the promise of federal funding finally persuaded hospitals in the Jim Crow South to desegregate. … Read more

A Minnesota city will rewrite an anti-crime law seen as harming mentally ill residents

A Minnesota city has agreed not to disclose private medical information about renters with mental health issues and to pay $175,000 to resolve a complaint from the federal government that the city discriminated against mentally ill residents in enforcing an anti-crime law. The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced its agreement with the city … Read more

Judge strikes down NY county’s ban on female transgender athletes after roller derby league sues

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — A New York judge on Friday struck down a Long Island county’s order banning female transgender athletes after a local women’s roller derby league challenged it. Judge Francis Ricigliano ruled that Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman didn’t have the authority to issue his February executive order, which denies park permits to … Read more

New York judge blocks amendment barring discrimination on gender identity and pregnancy outcomes

ALBANY, N.Y. — A proposed amendment to New York’s constitution barring discrimination based on “gender identity” and “pregnancy outcomes” cannot appear on the state ballot in November because legislators made a procedural error during an initial round of approval, a judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling from state Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Doyle found lawmakers … Read more

‘Shardlake’ is a Tudor-era mystery series. It’s also a win for disabled characters, its star says

LONDON — Matthew Shardlake steps out of the pages of the late C.J. Sansom’s popular historical mystery novels and into a new show, bringing with him disability representation. “We don’t see a lot of leading disabled characters,” says Arthur Hughes, who plays the title character. “Well, we might, but they might not be played by … Read more

New federal rule bars transgender school bathroom bans, but it likely isn’t the final word

A new rule from President Joe Biden’s administration blocking blanket policies to keep transgender students from using school bathrooms that align with their gender identity could conflict with laws in Republican-controlled states. The clash over bathroom policy and other elements of a federal regulation finalized last week could set the stage for another wave of … Read more