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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Senate committee voted Monday to prohibit discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The measure proposed by Sen. Donald McEachin, a Henrico County Democrat, was approved by the Republican-controlled General Laws and Technology Committee on an 8-7 vote. Republican Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel of Fauquier County joined minority Democrats in support of the bill.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and Community Legal Aid Society are targeting Delaware's charter school laws, saying they violate the rights of minority students and students with disabilities.
The two groups filed a complaint Wednesday with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education against the state and the Red Clay school district in northern Delaware. It alleges Delaware's charter school law and policies have significantly contributed to the resegregation of public schools.


A Pocomoke City police officer charges he endured racial discrimination and harassment when he was part of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team.

Franklin Savage is African American and served for two years on the team which investigates drug crimes.

Savage says the harassment included the use of the n-word as well as a racially hostile work environment.

WBOC reports that he filed a complaint in July with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which charges the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office with discrimination based on race as well as retaliation.

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The entry policies of the Northbeach bar in Dewey Beach are being questioned after 32 year old Michael Brown claimed that he and other African American males were denied entry one evening.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a video posted on Facebook shows some white patrons were also denied that night.

Eventually, Brown was allowed in.

Alex Pires who owns the bar said he was there that night and gave instructions to his doormen to try to keep an even ratio between men and women patrons.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An effort to repeal a bill banning discrimination against transgender people in Maryland has fallen short.

Backers of a petition to repeal the bill conceded Sunday that they gathered about 1,000 fewer signatures than they needed to get the issue on the November ballot.

The bill would ban discrimination against transgender people on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to hear a Frederick County immigration enforcement dispute.

The high court said Monday it won't hear the county's appeal of a ruling last August by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The dispute now goes back to U.S. District Court in Baltimore for further proceedings.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a bill to prevent discrimination against people who are transgender.

The Senate voted 32-15 on Tuesday for the measure.

It aims to stop discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations such as hotels and restaurants.

There were 31 Democrats who voted for the bill and one Republican. There were 11 Republicans who opposed the bill, and four Democrats.

The measure now goes to the House of Delegates

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Zachery Tyndall, a former paramedic with the Berlin Fire Company is suing them for $8 million alleging harassment and discrimination in U.S. District Court.

His lawsuit names his former employer and four individual members of the fire company as defendants.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that court documents charge that the defendants believed that Tyndall was gay and repeatedly called him homosexual slurs.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on a bill aimed at protecting transgender people in Delaware by outlawing discrimination based on gender identity.

Tuesday's scheduled House vote could be the final legislative hurdle for the bill, which was approved by the Senate earlier this month.

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With the Delaware state legislature considering a law that would prohibit discrimination against transgender men and women, we reprise the AP award winning series by Jamyl Krempel. In part one, what is it like to discover that your sexual identity is not what most people might think.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate could soon vote on a bill aimed at protecting transgender people in Delaware by outlawing discrimination based on gender identity.

After a public hearing Wednesday, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said the bill could be ready for a floor vote as early as Thursday.

The legislation defines gender identity as "a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth."


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill outlawing discrimination in Delaware based on gender identity has been filed in the state legislature.

The bill, filed Wednesday, adds gender identity to the existing list of protected non-discrimination categories, including race, age, marital status, creed, color, sex, handicap, sexual orientation and national origin.

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The Berlin Mayor and Town Council filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Norris Phillip Donohoe the former Berlin Fire company paramedic who claims that he was wrongfully dismissed.

The case involves the decision by Berlin officials to cut $600,000 in funds for the Berlin Fire Company after the agency failed to deal with allegation of discrimination and harassment in the department.

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The federal government is suing the Worcester County for gender discrimination at the Worcester County Liquor Control Board.

The US Equal employment Opportunity Commission alleges that Donna Smith Kylesh Connor and Sharee Dale were willfully paid less than their male counterparts.

The women are seeking back pay and wages reaching back to July 1st of last year when Worcester county took over from the independent state-based Liquor Control Board.