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England and Wales: Amnesty International Worker Wins Discrimination Case

(Oct. 9, 2009) An employment tribunal upheld a claim by a worker for Amnesty International that she was discriminated against on the basis of race and ethnic origin. The worker, a Sudanese national, had applied for a promotion as a Sudanese researcher for the organization but was unsuccessful due to concerns that “her ethnic origin […]

United States: Divided Supreme Court Addresses Reverse Discrimination Claim

(July 15, 2009) On June 29, 2009, a divided Supreme Court ruled that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an employer may engage in racially disparate treatment of employees to avoid a racially disparate impact only if there is a “strong basis in evidence” that the disparate impact will subject the […]

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Draft Anti-Discrimination Law Creates Controversy over Gay Marriage Rights

(July 10, 2009) It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Inter-Religion Council of Bosnia, a representative body of the Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, and Jewish communities established after the 1992-1995 civil war in that country in order to foster better cooperation among ethnic groups, has taken an uncharacteristic unified stance against a draft law […]

Australia: Red Cross Can Refuse Blood from Homosexual Donors

(June 1, 2009) On May 27, 2009, the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal of Tasmania, a division of the Australian island state's Magistrates Court, found that the Australian Red Cross policy of refusing blood donations from sexually active homosexual males was not discriminatory. The Tribunal was established in conformity with the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998. It may consist […]

Nigeria: Discrimination Against the Disabled Outlawed

(Mar. 19, 2009) On March 9, 2009, the Nigerian Senate passed into law a bill outlawing discrimination against the disabled. This law, which was sponsored by Senator Bode Olajumoke of Ondo State, requires government and public organizations to make their premises accessible to the disabled. It states that “a public building shall be constructed with […]

United Nations: Criticism of Israel and Religions Dropped from Racism Conference Agenda

(Mar. 19, 2009) A draft resolution for the upcoming Durban Review Conference, organized by the United Nations, has reportedly been changed to drop criticism of Israel and not to include references to “defamation of religion.” According to U.N. officials, the resolution now speaks only of concern about the negative stereotyping of religions and does not […]

Nigeria: Bill on Discriminating Against Persons Living with AIDS

(Mar. 10, 2009) It was reported on March 3, 2009, that a bill that makes discriminating against people living with HIV and AIDS a criminal offense is under consideration by Nigeria's House of Representatives. The bill underwent a second reading on March 2, 2009, and was referred to the Joint Committees on Human Rights and […]

United States: New Law Overturns Supreme Court Ruling on Statute of Limitations in Pay Discrimination Lawsuits

(Feb. 26, 2009) On January 29, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which reverses a 2007 Supreme Court decision interpreting the statute of limitations for lawsuits under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The new law clarifies that the statute of limitations for employment […]

Nepal: PM Pledges to Ban Dowry System, Criminalize Caste-Based Discrimination

(Feb. 2, 2009) It was reported on January 26, 2009, that Nepal's Prime Minister, the Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dhal, known as Prachanda (“the fierce one”), had announced his government's intention to ban the dowry system and to criminalize caste-based discrimination. There has apparently been a surge in dowry-related violence against women over the last […]

United States: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 Signed into Law

(June 2, 2008) On May 21, 2008 the President signed into law House bill H.R. 493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA”). GINA provides broad protection from discrimination against individuals based on their genetic information. To accomplish its purpose in the area of health insurance discrimination, GINA amends the Employee Retirement Income Security […]