A bill (H.R. 283) introduced by Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) would amend existing law to allow grant funds to be used specifically for bullying and gang prevention programs in schools and communities. Currently, the law allows grants for "violence prevention." H.R. 283 would expand this language to read "violence, bullying, and gang prevention" programs.
A federal appeals court has ruled that an employer who terminated a pregnant employee is guilty of pregnancy discrimination. The court ruled that because her managers discussed her pregnancy in relation to her termination, saying that her “belly would be in the way,” the comments were discriminatory.
A federal court has awarded a former security officer more than $50,000 in back wages and attorney’s fees after he was fired for refusing to shave his beard as requested by his employer. The officer kept his beard closely cropped but maintained that the beard was part of his religious observance. The court found that the company’s request was religious discrimination.