FROM Melissa Goodman
Sexism in Hollywood It’s no big secret that Hollywood is a man’s world. But now the status quo is being challenged as a violation of civil rights: specifically, the dearth of women in the director's chair. The A.C.L.U. is pushing the agencies that oversee employment practices to look into what they call rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors. What’s the civil rights organization asking for, and what is it like to be a woman working in the business today?
New Legal Protections for Transgender Students Transgender students in public schools are about to get the protection of state law . After January 1, they'll be able to use the bathrooms set aside for the gender they prefer — not the one dictated by biology. The same will be true for sports and other activities. What will that mean?
Gay-Straight Alliance Struggles at Sultana High in Hesperia Sultana High School in Hesperia, in the Inland Empire has a club called the Gay-Straight Alliance, but members say it's not being allowed to staged events or put up posters the way other clubs are. Now the ACLU has filed suit , contending that administrators — and even teachers — are discriminating against gay and lesbian students. We hear more from Melissa Goodman of the ACLU and from Kyle Bodda, president of the Sultana High chapter of the Alliance.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.