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Federal court judge refuses to dismiss discrimination case

US District Court Judge Joseph McKinley dismissed a motion by Chinese company Qindao Haier, Co., owner of GE Appliances, in the case of Mykel Mickens, who claims he was the victim of discrimination at GE Appliances in Louisville.

“[W]hat is clear is that the plaintiff’s complaint sufficiently alleges facts to support discrimination or disparate treatment claims based upon race and gender nonconformity or sex stereotyping.

--McKInley

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Louisiana Trans man wins discrimination case

Tristan Broussard was hired as a management trainee for Tower Loan in Lake Charles, Louisiana in February of 2013. He was required at the time to submit his driver's license, which listed the transgender man as female.

According to lawsuit documents, a supervisor asked about the license, and Broussard responded that he was a transgender man. Broussard was then asked on March 11, 2013, to sign a statement agreeing to dress, act and be treated like a woman to continue his employment.

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Two Trump Economic Trajectories

I don't have a crystal ball. I did not know, for example, that Donald Trump would be elected President, despite coming 2nd in the popular vote.

But the Macroeconomy in the short and medium term is not very complicated. It's unpredictable to be sure, but the reasons that it is unpredictable are themselves reasonably straightforward and uncomplicated. The Macroeconomy is the sum total impact of hundreds of substantially relevant decisions made by millions of people, and sometimes we can't predict what millions of people are going to do in hundreds of different, important, ways.

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Employing transgender people

Among other events late August saw the convening of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of commerce in Palm Springs, CA. Among the presentations was a 75-minute discussion about transgender inclusivity in the workplace. Conducted by Beck Bailey of the Human Rights Campaign and Chris Crespo of Ernst & Young, the discussion outlined best practices for companies and coworkers in order to foster an inclusive environment.

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Donald Trump and the Law of Unintended Consequences

It is going to be tempting to many on the left side of politics in the United States to see the Clinton / Trump contest as a put-up, a conspiracy to get a weak candidate of the Corporate Party elected based on how incredibly ... yes, seemingly implausibly bad ... the other candidate from the other Corporate Party seems to be.

But I don't see it that way. To me, this is the Law of Unintended Consequences of craven political games hitting us big time.

What I mean by that, under the fold.

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The Inside-Out Strategy and the 2016 General Election

The Democratic party is one of the two alternative governing parties for a corporate commercial republic, which in the 80s bit the bullet and built and invited in membership for a corporate wing in order to continue to be allowed to compete to be the party of government.

They will go as low as they think they have to go to win office, and not go any higher than they think they have to go.

Indeed, I am guessing that this is why Senator Bernie Sanders did not flip his lid when the DNC leaks revealed how egregiously the DNC broke its own rules. As a long time independent, none of this seems like it would have been a surprise to him. I am thinking this baked in bias of the Democratic party establishment against progressive politics and progressive politicians was already baked into his response to falling short of a majority of pledged delegates in this repeatedly rigged and distorted series of primary contests.

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Bernie or B... wait, what? Or? It's Build, Bernie, Build.

Luckily, Jet Lag in my summer vacation return to the US from China prevented me from being awake during the Republican National Convention, so like most of American political events while I am in China, I followed political events last week through the ripples they sent through my Twitter and Facebook feeds.

But the tyranny of the sun slowly but inexorably resetting my internal clock left me weary but not sleeping for much of the Monday "progressive" show at the DNC. Including, of course the lovely "America" ad from the Bernie Sanders campaign.

I've got some thoughts, and most of them simply will not fit into 140 characters. So I'm going to thinking them, out loud, below the fold.

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Nearly half of employers discriminate against transgender job seekers

The National LGBTQ Task Force and the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights released a resource guide this week to help fight workplace discrimination against transgendered and gender non-conforming people.

It is one of many issues that we concentrate on this week and it is an ongoing issue in general.

--Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan, Trans/Gender Nonconforming Justice Project

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KFC fires manager for discriminating against transgender worker

 photo KFC_zpsj6mvldru.jpgTransgender fast food worker Georgia Carter was hied by a Richmond, Virginia, KFC and fired about an hour later upon discovery that she was trans.

He was like you have got the job. I am going to start you out at $7.50 an hour. It is yours. We are going start you training on the computer tomorrow. It was like 11 to four (o clock).

--Carter

She went home happy, but received a phone call shortly afterward.

He was like my supervisor, and I have a problem because on your license it says male but you’re … I said I’m transgender.

Oh, we can’t hire you because we don’t know which bathroom you can use.

--Carter

In a statement to Eater, KFC chief people officer John Kurnick relayed news of that manager's termination following an internal Yum! Brands inquiry. KFC's franchisee policy bars discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, Kurnick said.

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