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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland Police Declare Unlawful Assembly During Protest

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty addressed event organised by NAACP focused on Black Lives Matter

Shootings Increase During Portland Protests

Between June 1 and end July 31, 2020 there were 125 reported shootings compared to a total of 59 shootings in 2019

Portland Protest Scene Relatively Calm After US Drawdown

Under the deal announced by Governor Kate Brown, the federal agents will withdraw in phases.

Portland Approves $114 M Relief Budget with Focus on Communities of Color

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty voted no, arguing for better houseless resources.

NEWS BRIEFS

Barbara Bush Foundation Partners with Barbershop Books and Penguin to Provide Child-Friendly Reading Spaces in Baltimore and Detroit Barbershops

Developed in Harlem, Barbershop Books is a community-based program that leverages the cultural significance of barbershops in...

All Classical Portland Awards Grant to Support Emmanuel Henreid's 'Livin' in the Light'

Livin’ in the Light documents Onry’s experience as a Black, male, professional opera and crossover singer in Portland, Ore. ...

House Approves Legislation to Stop Trump Attack on Fair Housing

Ocasio-Cortez, Blumenauer amendment would block rollback of anti-discrimination rule ...

Louis Mair Named as New Principal at Harriet Tubman Middle School

Louis comes to Harriet Tubman from Georgia, where he was a leader in building an inclusive and supportive learning community. ...

Portland City Council OKs Independent Police Oversight Board

The measure advanced by City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty would set up a commission of undetermined size ...

Gyms will need to triple distance for exercising indoors

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released updated guidance Monday for gyms and fitness facilities that nearly triples the minimum distance required for patrons exercising indoors, except for those practicing certain team sports.Starting Aug. 10, instead of the current...

Seattle police chief upset after protesters visit her home

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s police chief urged the City Council to tell protesters to stop visiting the homes of elected officials and others during emotional debates over reducing funding for police.Chief Carmen Best wrote a letter to the council after protesters showed up at her home...

Missouri's Drinkwitz takes side in mask-or-no-mask debate

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz has been the head coach at Missouri for just over seven months. He has yet to lead the Tigers onto the football field, much less win a game, yet his role in the community already has forced him to take some important stands.First, it was supporting his new...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

OPINION

Bill Deiz urges Oregonians to Defend their Constitutional Rights

Elements of federal police, sent in by our president, are nightly tormenting our citizens with tear gas, impact munitions, kidnappings and beatings, and other criminal acts, in order to suppress our rights of free speech and free assembly ...

The Power of Love

Powerful lessons for me today on forgiveness. ...

Loretta Smith—Vote Yes

The Skanner News endorses Loretta Smith for City Commissioner, Position 2 ...

Essay on War Against Portlanders Who Support Black Lives Matter

The author questions how people can see only the cops' side when their criminality and lawlessness against peaceful protest is fueling the rage on the streets. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Golden Knights rally for 5-3 playoff win over Stars

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Will Carrier scored the tiebreaker with 5:12 left in the game, Robin Lehner had 24 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 in Western Conference round-robin play on Monday.Carrier backhanded a rebounded shot through the legs of Stars goaltender...

Stars, Knights players kneel in support of social justice

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Players from the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars knelt on the ice before their game Monday to support Black Lives Matter and other social causes.Dallas forward Tyler Sequin and Jason Dickinson knelt alongside Vegas forward Ryan Reaves and goaltender Robin...

Public ideas for Mississippi flag: Magnolias, stars, beer

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Magnolias and stars. Crosses and guitars. Beer cans and crawfish. A Gulf Coast lighthouse. Elvis Presley and Kermit the Frog. All appear on proposals the general public submitted for a new Mississippi flag.Mississippi recently retired the last state banner with the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Pandemic parody of `Goodnight Moon' to be released in fall

NEW YORK (AP) — A popular online spoof of the children's favorite “Goodnight Moon,” reworked for the coronavirus, will be published by Penguin Random House this fall. The Penguin imprint Philomel Books announced Monday that “Good Morning Zoom,” written by Lindsay...

Steve McQueen sets 3 premieres at New York Film Festival

Three original films by Oscar-winner Steve McQueen will debut at the New York Film Festival this year, organizers said Monday. The “12 Years a Slave” director will get the opening night slot for the 1980s-set music romance “Lovers Rock” in addition to two other premieres...

Lucky No.7: Taylor Swift nabs 7th No.1 album with 'folklore'

NEW YORK (AP) — To no one's surprise, Taylor Swift's surprise album “folklore" is dominating the music charts.Swift's eighth album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 200 albums chart this week, marking the best first-week sales of the year and giving the pop star her seventh No. 1 title...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Stocks rally worldwide, S&P 500 back to within 3% of record

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks started August with more gains, and a worldwide rally on Monday sent Wall Street...

St Louis series at Detroit off after positive Cards tests

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19,...

Kids getting caught in crossfire as US gun violence surges

CHICAGO (AP) — July in Chicago ended as it began: Mourning the death of a child whose only mistake was...

Journalist and police guard killed in southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Press groups called for justice Monday after unidentified gunmen killed a journalist in...

Rajapaksa brothers to get strong support in Sri Lanka polls

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s powerful, popular Rajapaksa brothers are likely to get strong...

Spain's former king leaving country amid financial scandal

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s former monarch, Juan Carlos I, is leaving Spain to live in another,...

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In 1994, Bridget O'Connor began an internship at Rockland Psychiatric Center, where one of the doctors allegedly began to refer to her as Miss Sexual Harassment, told her that she should participate in an orgy, and suggested that she remove her clothing before meeting with him. Other women in the office made similar claims.

Yet when O'Connor filed a lawsuit, her sexual harassment claims were dismissed because she was an unpaid intern. A federal appeals court affirmed the decision to throw out the claim.

Unpaid interns miss out on wages and employment benefits, but they can also find themselves in "legal limbo" when it comes to civil rights, according to law professor and intern labor rights advocate David Yamada. The O'Connor decision (the leading ruling on the matter, according to Yamada) held that because they don't get a paycheck, unpaid interns are not "employees" under the Civil Rights Act -- and thus, they're not protected.

Federal policies echo court rulings. The laws enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including the Civil Rights Act, don't cover interns unless they receive "significant remuneration," according to commission spokesperson Joseph Olivares.

"At least with respect to the federal law that we enforce, an unpaid intern would not be legally protected by our laws prohibiting sexual harassment," Olivares said in an email to ProPublica.

It's unclear how many interns are sexually harassed at work. The commission doesn't keep those statistics, according to Olivares. And as the Chicago Tribune detailed in 2011, interns often don't know where to turn when faced with harassment or can fear retaliation from bosses they look to for future jobs or recommendations.

"You can understand perhaps why there haven't been more cases," said Yamada. "If you're a young student, and have been trying to get a career off the ground, the bind that puts someone in is significant, because there's retaliation."

Olivares noted that while federal laws don't protect unpaid interns, company policies and state or local laws could sometimes broaden workplace protections.

In June, Oregon passed a law expanding discrimination and harassment protections to interns, whether they are paid or not. According to Charlie Burr, spokespersonfor the state's Bureau of Labor and Industries, Oregon is the first state to pass such protections.

"Those principles of protecting people in the workplace have been in place for a long time, but they've never applied to interns," said Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. "It really left them with few options."

Oregon's law protects interns from sexual harassment and discrimination based on race, religion, gender, disability, and sexual orientation and covers wrongful termination tied to discrimination — but it doesn't create an employment relationship or impact wages, an issue the state was careful to avoid, according to Avakian.

The idea for the law came from Carole Delogu, a former unpaid intern in the state's Bureau of Labor and Industries, after she read an article in the Public Interest Law Journal on the workplace protections not afforded to interns.

"I was in disbelief," Delogu said, of her reaction to the loophole. "Interns are in a fragile place, they want to get their foot in the door, so they don't complain."

So Delogu brought her concerns to the Labor bureau, and helped draft a proposal to close the gap in protections. Under the new law, Delogu hopes "more people will be able to stand up for their rights."

D.C. has made similar strides to protect interns. Council member Mary Cheh lobbied successfully to extend the D.C. Human Rights Act protections against sexual harassment to interns after hearing the story of one intern's sexual harassment claims against her employer, a massage and body therapy center in Friendship Heights. The intern's case was dismissed because she was unpaid.

Yet as Maurice Pianko, attorney and founder of Intern Justice, points out: if for-profit employers paid their interns when they should (and usually they should be paid), protection from discrimination and sexual harassment would automatically apply.

"It's a surprise to me to see that there are still companies not paying their employees," Pianko said. "If any general counsel wants to find out the law they can, and honestly I don't know what they're thinking." 

 

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