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The Latest: Oregon Republicans Missing for Second Day

Republican senators in Oregon engaged in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship Friday with Democratic lawmakers and prepared to remain absent from the Capitol for a second day

Trail Blazers Select Nassir Little With 25th Pick

The Portland Trail Blazers selected North Carolina forward Nassir Little with the 25th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

High Court Avoids New Case Over Same-sex Wedding Cake

The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.

Milwaukie Family Files Tort Claim

Grade-school instructor told kids they were lucky not to be picking cotton

NEWS BRIEFS

Chief Outlaw Relaxes Police Officer Hiring Standards

The Portland Police Bureau is experiencing a staffing shortage, as it currently has 128 officer vacancies, with a large number of...

Portland Winter Light Festival 2020 Now Accepting Art Submissions

Portland Winter Light Festival 2020 is now accepting art submissions for the annual event ...

National African American Reparations Commission, ACLU to Host Forum on Reparations

Forum to Follow Congressional Hearing on Bill to Form a Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals ...

Must-See Shows Open in OSF Outdoor Theatre

New shows are Alice in Wonderland, Macbeth and All’s Well That Ends Well. ...

Roosevelt High School Students Earn National Recognition for Resiliency

Students from Roosevelt High School who recently started a storytelling and resiliency-building initiative have been invited to...

Pilot who died in Oregon float plane crash identified

SUNRIVER, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have identified the pilot who died in a single-engine amphibious plane crash into Oregon's Deschutes River.Rescue divers found Kevin Padrick dead after the plane took off from Sunriver Airport then flipped onto its top and submerged Saturday.The Deschutes...

2 men found shot, dead in rural Washington state

AMBOY, Wash. (AP) — A homicide investigation is under way after sheriff's deputies found the bodies of two men in rural Washington state.The Clark County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrived at a home in Amboy Saturday night and found the two bodies. A news release Sunday says it appears...

OPINION

Creative + Strategic = Effective Movements for Change

Author and Editor Rivera Sun says if you want to make change, think outside the protest box. ...

Mayor Dyer and Chief Mina Accused of Excessive Force in Lawsuit: What Has Changed?

During an arrest in 2015 of bank department executive, Noel Carter, who happens to be a Black man was viciously and brutally beaten along Orange Avenue early in the morning. ...

U.S. Attempt to Erase Harriet Tubman

Traitors like Jefferson Davis and other Confederates are memorialized while a woman who risked her life time and again to free enslaved people is simply dismissed. ...

Watching a Father and Son

You must have seen this video of a father speaking with his pre-verbal son about the season finale of Empire. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

BET Awards honor Mary J. Blige, Nipsey Hussle, Tyler Perry

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts, from Cardi B to Lil Nas X. But the show belonged to artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J. Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.Hussle,...

A list of winners at the 2019 BET Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A list of winners at the 2019 BET Awards, which aired live Sunday from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.____— Video of the year: Childish Gambino, "This Is America"— Best female R&B/pop artist: Beyoncé— Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno...

The Latest: Nipsey Hussle honored with award at BET Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 2019 BET Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater (all times local):8:20 p.m.The late Nipsey Hussle was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards.Rapper T.I. presented the posthumous award Sunday to his family that...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Michael Jackson drug' still prompts curiosity from patients

It remains the most widely used anesthetic in U.S. hospitals, but many patients still remember propofol as the drug that killed Michael Jackson.Most are no longer afraid of it, doctors say, though many still ask if they will get "the Michael Jackson drug" before an operation. And most of them...

Dave Bartholomew, co-wrote 'Ain't That a Shame," dies at 100

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dave Bartholomew, a giant of New Orleans music and a rock n' roll pioneer who with Fats Domino co-wrote and produced such classics as "Ain't That a Shame," ''I'm Walkin'" and "Let the Four Winds Blow," has died. He was 100.Bartholomew, a member of the Songwriters Hall of...

Michael Jackson's popularity endures, even after new scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The documentary "Leaving Neverland" presented a disturbing depiction of Michael Jackson as a child molester, but the initial wave of negative publicity hasn't greatly diminished the King of Pop's image or the enduring popularity of his music.Many believe Jackson's musical...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

BET Awards honor Mary J. Blige, Nipsey Hussle, Tyler Perry

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts, from Cardi...

50 years later, the moon is still great for business

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years after humans first visited, businesses are still trying to make a buck off the...

New technology helps search teams find people in wilderness

HONOLULU (AP) — Yesenia D'Alessandro loaded a GPS tracking app on her cellphone and trudged into a remote...

Protesters block Hong Kong building access, plan new action

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters fearing an erosion of Hong Kong's legal autonomy blocked access to a government...

Russia starts army drills to respond to Central Asia threats

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has launched a massive exercise to simulate a response to possible...

UN rights chief: Relatives of ex-IS fighters should go home

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says thousands of relatives of former foreign fighters in the...

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Aaron Smith CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A federal judge in California ruled that Abercrombie & Fitch violated the law in firing a Muslim employee for refusing to take off her religious head scarf at work.

The lawsuit, originally filed in 2011, accused the popular teen clothing retailer of discriminating against Umme-Hani Khan.

Abercrombie fired Khan, then 19, from a store in San Mateo "for refusing to take off the hijab that her religious beliefs compelled her to wear," the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a press release.

The U.S. EEOC, a plaintiff in the case along with the former employee Khan, said the ruling by U.S. district judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in San Francisco on Monday is the third ruling against the store Abercrombie & Fitch "involving Muslim employees or applicants wearing hijabs."

The judge said, in court documents, that store managers initially allowed Khan to wear her head scarf, or hijab, so long as it was in accordance with the store's color code. But after she worked there for several months, a district manager visited the store and asked her to take off the hijab while at work.

Khan refused, on the basis of her religious beliefs, so she was suspended. The manager asked her a second time to remove the head covering, and she refused again and was eventually fired, said the judge. "Khan's refusal to remove her hijab was the sole reason for her suspension and termination," reads the court document.

Abercrombie denied the allegations in a prepared statement to CNNMoney: "Abercrombie & Fitch does not discriminate based on religion and we grant religious accommodations when reasonable."

Abercrombie & Fitch has an employee dress code called a "look policy" that forbids head coverings. But it also has a section of its web site called "diversity & inclusion," which includes a quote from Chief Executive Mike Jeffries: "We are determined to have a diverse culture, throughout our organization, that benefits from the perspective of each individual,"

The EEOC said federal judges have found Abercrombie liable in two other discrimination cases, for refusing to hire hijab-wearing job applicants in Northern California and Tulsa, Okla.

 

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