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Car Dealers Charge White Customers Less Than Everyone Else, Study Finds

Things that are okay for a car dealer to do: charge a buyer seeking financing a different rate based on his or her credit history. Things that are completely not okay for a car dealer to do: charge a buyer seeking financing a different rate based on his or her race. And yet they just keep doing it anyway. [More]

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Costco Settles Gender-Discrimination Lawsuit for $8 Million

Giant wholesale retailer Costco has tentatively settled a gender-discrimination class-action lawsuit for $8 million, the Seattle Times reports.  The settlement will become finalized if the court approves it at a hearing in February. [More]

Judge Tells Baker: You Can’t Sell Wedding Cakes Only To Straight Couples

Judge Tells Baker: You Can’t Sell Wedding Cakes Only To Straight Couples

In a case similar to another wedding cake situation in Oregon, a baker in Colorado who turned a same-sex couple away has been ordered by a judge to serve all couples, straight or gay, or face fines. The judge said that by refusing to accept gay customers, the owner of the bakery was discriminating against them. [More]

Restaurant Has No Choice: It’ll Allow Customer Who Didn’t Agree With Waitress’ Lifestyle Back

Restaurant Has No Choice: It’ll Allow Customer Who Didn’t Agree With Waitress’ Lifestyle Back

While it might seem unlikely that the customer who stiffed a waitress and wrote on the receipt that he or she didn’t agree with the lesbian waitress’ lifestyle would think, “Hmm, now’s a good time to go back there to eat,” if the patron decides to do so, it’s not like the restaurant could, or would, stop them from doing so. [More]

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New York A.G. Investigating Macy’s & Barneys Over Claims Of Shopper Discrimination

After four shoppers came forward in recent weeks claiming that retailers Macy’s and Barneys New York New York discriminated against them because they’re African-American, New York’s attorney general is launching an investigation into security practices at those two department stores. [More]

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What Kind Of Jerk Refuses To Tip A Waiter Because He’s Gay?

While endless debates about the practice of tipping food-service employees rage all over the Internet, most people agree on one thing: if you’re happy with the service you received, you should leave some kind of tip. Some diners at a Kansas Carrabba’s restaurant allegedly made their own exception to that: “unless you disapprove of the server’s personal life.” [More]

Hobby Lobby Totally Wants To Spin The Dreidel With You Now

Hobby Lobby Totally Wants To Spin The Dreidel With You Now

In a statement released late on Friday afternoon, Hobby Lobby put out what it probably hopes is the last update in the controversy over the Oklahoma-based chain’s lack of Jewish holiday items on its shelves. What started as one customer’s simple search for a bar mitzvah card has become a pre-holiday public relations nightmare for the craft retailer. [More]

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Is Hobby Lobby Deliberately Excluding Jewish Merchandise?

Hobby Lobby doesn’t really try to hide that their owners are very devout Christians. If the instrumental hymns on the store’s sound system didn’t clue you in, maybe the evangelical Easter newspaper ads, the company’s legal fight over health insurance reform, or stores being closed on Sunday would be a hint. But does that translate to deliberately excluding merchandise and holiday decorations for other religions? [More]

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Judge: Abercrombie & Fitch Violated Civil Rights Of Former Worker By Banning Head Coverings

It isn’t just disabled customers or extra-large shoppers Abercrombie & Fitch has been accused of discriminating against — a judge says the clothing retailer’s Hollister brand was also in the wrong when a store fired a worker after she refused to remove her head covering, a hijab she wears for religious reasons. [More]

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Lawsuit Claims Starbucks Employees Discriminated Against Deaf Customers In NYC

Starbucks is facing a lawsuit brought by 12 customers in Federal court claiming that employees at the chain discriminated against deaf people in New York City. The plaintiffs say they were refused service, ejected from the store and made fun of for how they speak. [More]

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Study: Same-Sex Couples Face Bias When Seeking Info On Housing Rentals

A brand new study, the first of its kind, from the Department of Housing and Urban development found that same-sex couples aren’t getting quite a fair shake compared to heterosexual couples looking for info about rental housing advertised on the Internet. Which means that gay and lesbian couples aren’t hearing back as often to e-mail inquiries about renting an apartment. What’s more, gay couples face slightly more discrimination than lesbian couples. [More]

Customers Revolt, Make U.K. Pharmacy Chain Stop Sorting Toys By Gender

Customers Revolt, Make U.K. Pharmacy Chain Stop Sorting Toys By Gender

Early on, kids don’t care very much about what they’re supposed to enjoy playing with. Sometimes boys play with trucks, and girls play with sparkly magic wands. It bothers some people when toys are sorted into “Boys” and “Girls” sections, even if they aren’t explicitly labeled as such. But customers of UK pharmacy chain Boots got very upset when they noticed that toy sections had clear pink and blue labels, and a line of scientific exploration toys were only in the “boys” section. The message, detractors said: science isn’t for girls. Perhaps that caring for babies ins’t for boys, either. [More]

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Is The USPS More Likely To Lose Boxes Emblazoned With The Word ‘Atheist’?

Here’s something odd. Would you think that packages would get lost more or less often according to the brand on the box or the words on their packaging? That shouldn’t be the case. A German company that sells handmade, minimalist shoes, did a cool branding thing and uses tape with the company’s name printed on it to seal their shipping boxes. That company’s name? “Atheist.” They noticed that a lot of packages sent to the United States were significantly delayed, and wondered why that was. So they conducted an experiment. That experiment proved that if you want a package to get lost, brand it with the word “ATHEIST.” [More]

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Gay Couple Asked To Leave Family Entertainment Center Because They’re “Not Family”

UPDATE: The owners of this alley claim that the allegations made by the couple are “blatantly false.” More details, and the couple’s response, here. [More]

Automatically Adding Gratuity Only To The Bills Of Foreigners Is Pretty Much Discrimination

Automatically Adding Gratuity Only To The Bills Of Foreigners Is Pretty Much Discrimination

If you’ve ever traveled abroad, surely you’ve been told things like, “You don’t have to tip at restaurants in Europe” or other local customs you can expect to encounter. But servers at restaurants in Burlington, Vt. aren’t so sure an influx of travelers from Quebec  are clued in to how tipping works, so some are just adding gratuity automatically to those bills. Awkward. [More]

Woman Says She Was Fired From Restaurant For Having The Audacity To Be A Mom

Woman Says She Was Fired From Restaurant For Having The Audacity To Be A Mom

A new mom says her pregnancy wasn’t the warm and glowing time it should’ve been, because her employers at a restaurant in Chicago picked on her for becoming a parent. And after she had the baby, she claims she was fired from her job as a server and manager amidst nasty comments about breastfeeding. [More]

EEOC Investigating Coffee Chain For Alleged 'Hot Chicks Only' Hiring Policy

EEOC Investigating Coffee Chain For Alleged 'Hot Chicks Only' Hiring Policy

A food-service business that only hires attractive young women for customer-facing jobs? Gasp! Who can imagine such a thing? But that’s what Boston-based chain Marylou’s Coffee has been accused of, and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken notice. They’re conducting an investigation to see whether otherwise qualified uglies, oldies, and fatties are being passed over for jobs at Marylou’s. [More]

Does 'No Outside Food' Discriminate Against People With Food Allergies?

Does 'No Outside Food' Discriminate Against People With Food Allergies?

Domenica is gluten intolerant, and there are a number of other foods she can’t eat as well. During a recent visit to the movies, she was caught bringing in outside food and argued with the manager. There isn’t anything available at the concession stand that she can eat without becoming ill. Sure, a private business can set their own rules. But is it discriminatory? In spite of what theater owners might tell you, buying snacks at the cinema isn’t mandatory, and no one’s going to go hungry after a few hours. [More]