A 1997 lawsuit charging 11 Orlando, Florida, high schools with violating Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally funded education, including athletics programs, will return to court this week with two of the 11 high schools still breaking the law. The suit arose in 1997 after complaints by students that the girls’ softball teams at 11 Orlando high schools had to play on off-campus fields peppered with litter, and in facilities that offered dirty bathrooms and sub-standard dugouts, while the boys’ baseball teams enjoyed fields on-campus with water coolers and lights for night games. The judge’s ruling in 1997 required the schools to improve girls’ sports facilities, providing clean bathrooms, sturdy bleachers and lights on the field. After three years, Titusville High School and Astronaut High School have yet to comply with the judge’s ruling. The same judge, Justice Anne C. Conway, will rule in the case this week and could require the two high schools to spend as much as $250,000 to improve girls’ sports facilities.
Media Resources: Associated Press – November 2, 2000; Feminist Majority Foundation
10/13/2015 EEOC Launches Hollywood Gender Discrimination Probe - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has contacted several women directors in Hollywood in an effort to determine whether legal intervention is necessary to disrupt the industry's discriminatory hiring practices.
In a letter sent to some 50 women filmmakers, the EEOC - which is responsible for protecting individuals from employment discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion and national origin through enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - requested interviews with them to "learn more about the gender-related issues" women behind the camera face in both the film and television industries.
In May, following the release of a study by the San Diego State University Center for the Study of Women in Television in Film revealing only 7 percent of 2014's 250 top-grossing movies were helmed by women, the ACLU of Southern California and the national ACLU Women's Rights Project urged state and federal rights agencies to investigate Hollywood's failure to hire equal numbers of women. . . .
10/12/2015 Report Finds Texas' HB2 Increases Abortion Wait Times - A new report released by the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Policy Evaluation Project found patients seeking abortions in Texas have experienced an increase in wait times since the passage of HB2, the 2013 Texas omnibus anti-abortion bill that attempts to cut off abortion access by requiring abortion providers in the state to fulfill medically unnecessary ambulatory surgical center requirements and secure hospital admitting privileges.
More than half of 42 clinics providing abortion in Texas have been forced to shut their doors since HB2 passed two years ago, leading Texas women to wait up to 20 days for a first consult at one of the surviving 18 reproductive health clinics operating in the state, the second most populous in the nation. . . .
10/9/2015 Federal Judge Orders Anti-Abortion Group to Cede Footage to NAF - On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and its leader David Daleidan must turn over all previously unreleased "sting" videos and outtakes of National Abortion Federation (NAF) meetings the group obtained surreptitiously as part of a smear campaign against the abortion provider.
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