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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 17, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com It's been 30 years since the pioneering federal law known as Title IX first prohibited sexual discrimination in school sports, activities, and academics. "Without a doubt, Title IX has opened the doors of opportunity for generations of women and girls to compete, and to pursue their American dreams," U.S. Secretary of Education Roderick Paige said last June, when he created a Commission on Opportunity in Athletics to examine the law. Girls and women have made enormous strides in catching up. But as worthy as Title IX is, it's confusing and could be tightened, according to the commission's report, submitted last month.
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NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2012
A fight filmed on the steps of the historic Berkeley County Courthouse played out on televisions across the country Sunday night as part of TLC's “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.” Two young Romanichal gypsy women shoved and punched each other following a wedding in the reality series that depicts the everyday lives of families like Mellie Stanley's. She was charged with disorderly conduct after the brawl. Cameras caught Mellie and the maid of honor, Diamond, in what Mellie called “a huge argument.” It centered around comments allegedly made about the bride's mother-in-law.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | September 29, 2010
The longtime Jefferson County administrator fired in September 2009 on a 3-2 vote by the county commissioners this week filed an eight-count civil suit claiming discrimination, human rights violations and wrongful discharge, according to the suit filed in the Jefferson County Circuit Clerk's office. Leslie Smith's suit alleges that all five commissioners violated her rights, discriminated against her on the basis of sex and age, harassed her and broke her work contract, and accuses them of retaliatory discharge and violating the state's wage payment and collection act in firing her Sept.
OPINION
September 1, 2012
Aging people still have a lot to contribute To the editor: Regarding the letter to the editor from John Longanecker, of Aspers, Pa., concerning the age of Vice President Joe Biden: The letter was sheer discrimination. Age discrimination involves treating (be it an applicant or employee) someone less favorably because of age.  The Age Discrimination in Employment Act only forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. It does not protect workers under the age of 40, although some states do have laws that protect younger workers from age discrimination.  I retired three years ago from the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic assistant.
LIFESTYLE
May 13, 2013
Hagerstown Hopes will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the area around the Arts Pavilion at Doub's Wood Park, off Maryland Avenue. The theme of the 2013 festival is discrimination of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning community. Speakers will talk about issues such as becoming a homeless teen because of sexual orientation and discrimination in employment or housing. Musical guests will include Lawren Hill and Lance Trussell, DJ JerrBear, and Shawn Nakia.
NEWS
BY SARAH MULLIN | March 20, 2002
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In the past two months, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission administrative judges have awarded two employees of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Berkeley County, W.Va., a combined $327,000 in discrimination suits. Now, two of the men involved in the suits for alleged acts of discrimination and harassment may lose their jobs at the hospital, according to Richard Smith, vice president of the local chapter of the National Association of Government Employees, the union that represents medical center workers.
NEWS
October 15, 1997
BALTIMORE - The Maryland State Conference of Branches, Youth Councils and College Chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its 57th annual convention Oct. 24 and 25 at the Columbia Hilton, 5484 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, Md. The theme of the convention is "Building the Gap to the 21st Century: Making Democracy Work. " Issues will be discussed and courses of action will be mapped out in education, political action, employment discrimination and Women in the NAACP workshops.
NEWS
July 15, 1998
EDITORIAL: Equal pay and education Men and women who do the same job should get the same pay. It's a simple concept, but it took 10 years to make it a reality in Washington State, according to a consultant who is helping West Virginia with the pay-equity issue. Work on the issue began this year when the West Virginia legislature passed SB 31, which orders the state government to study ways to eliminate gender discrimination, including pay inequities. The bill set up an Equal Pay Commission, which is due to report back to the legislature's Joint Committee on Government and Finance by the year 2000.
NEWS
By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | June 21, 1999
The Hagerstown Suns claimed early victories in their Church Bulletin Days discrimination legal battle on Monday, saying that an administrative law judge had denied several motions from the plaintiffs in the case. According to a statement from the team, Maryland Administrative Law Judge Georgia Brady denied a motion for summary judgment, and denied two separate requests to bar certain testimony from the June 28 hearing. In general, summary judgment can be granted in cases in which both parties agree on the facts of a case.
NEWS
March 29, 2001
Committee approves gay rights bill By LAURA ERNDE / laurae@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Gay rights legislation embarked Wednesday on what's expected to be a speedy trip through the Maryland House of Delegates. The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-8 to send the bill to the House floor, where it will likely pass, although most Washington County delegates plan to vote in opposition. The bill bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in the areas of housing, public accommodations and employment.
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