Not-So-Equal Opportunity: 10 Discrimination Issues That Made Headlines

Discrimination casesWe've come a long way since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, legislation that Martin Luther King Jr. is credited with helping push through.

Society has continued to diversify, attitudes have (generally) widened and employers have become strong advocates of "equal opportunity" for all employees and job applicants.

Or have they?

AOL Jobs has covered countless workplace discrimination cases, and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we highlight some of the most significant and interesting civil rights issues it reported in the last year. From race to appearance, religion to sexuality, these 10 run the gamut.

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sugarcreekchile

The military should not be included here. There are age, height and weight requirements to enlist. They're not going to take people who are overweight, anorexic or vertically challenged. Soldiers know they have to continue to meet phyical performance standards to stay in. Those standards differ by sex and change with age. A 40 year old is not expected to meet the same standards as an 18 year old. So what's this gal's complaint, they already made an exception for her age? The military has to have standards since people need to be able to keep up with each other. If fleeing an enemy with comrades, who wants to be the Goodyear blimp trailing 45 seconds behind everyone else?

January 16 2012 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dmgg711

She definitely discriminated against a transgender who wants to dress as a female. A business canniot discriminate and if the sales woman couldn't handle it then she better work somewhere else, in this case she was fired and rightly so.

January 16 2012 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
petsinger

Here's one that DIDN'T make the news, but you continue to pay for:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im7UGqKfeiQ

January 16 2012 at 9:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sylvie

Discrimination or discrimination allegation? There is a difference.

January 16 2012 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
namtult

What if she was right , and it was guy dressed in womens clothes!
There are preditors in the wolrd, and you child is in a room changing , that would bother me!
As a consumer , the employee was looking out for the best interest of real women.
Women that want to be men and vise versa , there should be a designated area, including bathrooms now that society has divided its self into transgender. I my self, dont feel confident that another women could be looking at me sexually, if a man does it, hes a preditor! Why should another woman get away with it! It comes down to sexual. So give them their own space , and me mine. MEN, Women, transgender, 3 dressing rooms , 3 bathrooms Think about your child dressing or in a bathroom , with someone unknown dressed to be opisit sex, very confusing and can be scary to some children to feel safe!

January 16 2012 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
boonita1

It's sad but true!! In 2012, some people and establishments are still threatened and full of ignorance. Our Society is in enough trouble, yet we're still more concerned with blatant discrimination. Don't forget about discrimination against any, minority students in major colleges(ie; Penn State particularly) being treated diferently, and openly being demoralized. I spoke with a director about this and they wanted to sweep the incident under the rug. This is sure form of robbery, to assure minorities don't get ahead. Unfortunately, the student left the school because they did not receive proper help or attention from support staff or professors.

January 16 2012 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
polish120

I read a comment by a person below about lowering the standards for FL police standards for testing. Why do you think kids in school are coming out not even being able to read. Schools also are lowering standards just to move students out.

January 16 2012 at 7:02 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
polish120

Hertz did not fire them fro religion purposes but for stealing time for not punching out on the time clock. What would happen if you did that. Do you think your boss will like it.

January 16 2012 at 6:50 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Sylvie

Inflamatory headlines sell advertising.

January 16 2012 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ragtopdaz

I am so tired of hearing about giving Amnesty to the illegal immigrants. We keep hearing of all these plans the White House is coming up with, lets just wave the magic wand and poof all is forgiven and now you can be here legally. Then start paying the Government your fair share out of your pay check, yes the free ride is over for you.
How many will come forward knowing no more free medical, no more sending their kids to school for free, no more food stamps, no more keeping your whole pay check after pay day.
These people are not stupid, they have a network of people who teach them on how to work the system and not get caught.
Now don't get me wrong, there will be the ones who will come forward in order to get on the SSI disability band wagon and just retire. Get themselves a nice section 8 house, rent out a few rooms to other illegal immigrants, and live the America dream...

January 16 2012 at 6:41 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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dmgg711

You don't know what a lot of these illegal immigrants have been trying to get legal work status or legal residence. Some have paid thousands of dollars to crooked immigration attorneys taking their money for years with lame excuses and promises. Many take English lessons and there is a waiting list for hundreds wanting to learn English.

I personally know a family where the parents have been trying to get legal status and have paid over $10,000 to an attorney over 18 years ago and the attorney left his practice. These people are scammed by the legal system and work field. It is wrong both morally and inhumane.

They pay taxes and have payroll deduction and will not see a penny of it when they are ready to retire. They bought a home, have cars and the husband has a licensed landscaping business. His wife works as a maid and she works on her days off helping him with his business.

These are honest hard working people and have never gotten welfare or food stamps or ever attempted for any even with the three children they have. Many are self sufficient and they make do with what they have and know how to skimp and save for whatever they need by paying cash, never in debt like the rest of the American people who are in debt up to their ears.

January 16 2012 at 9:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
wilkesgm

The University of Wisconsin has been favoring minorities for years. They admit students whose best grades are worse than white or asian students that are rejected. Didn't read about that, either. Dr. King's dream took a header.

January 16 2012 at 6:20 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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