A New Report From the NCAA Shows Wage Gap

The number of women competing at the highest level of college athletics continues to rise along with an increasing funding gap between men’s and women’s sports programs, according to an NCAA report examining the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

The report, released Thursday morning and entitled “The State of Women in College Sports,” found 47.1% of participation opportunities were for women across Division I in 2020 compared to 26.4% in 1982.

Yet, amid that growth, men’s programs received more than double that of women’s programs in allocated resources in 2020 – and that gap was even more pronounced when looking at home of the most profitable revenue-generating sports: the Football Bowl Subdivision, the top tier within Division I that features the Alabamas, Ohio States and Southern Californias of the sports world.

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The FDA Orders Juul to Pull Products

U.S. health regulators on Thursday ordered Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the market, the latest blow to the embattled company widely blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping.

The action is part of a sweeping effort by the Food and Drug Administration to bring scientific scrutiny to the multibillion-dollar vaping industry after years of regulatory delays.

The FDA said Juul must stop selling its vaping device and its tobacco and menthol flavored cartridges. Those already on the market must be removed. Consumers aren’t restricted from having or using Juul’s products, the agency said.

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More Than 1,300 Southwest Airlines Join the Picket Line

More than 1,300 Southwest Airlines pilots stood on a picket line Tuesday in Dallas, sounding off about what they say are unfair working conditions and inadequate pay, according to the pilots’ union.

“The Pilots of Southwest have been in contract negotiations with the company for more two years with no meaningful movement toward a new contract,” the union said in a statement to NBC News, adding that “pilot fatigue rates have reached an all-time high.”

Pilots from across the commercial airline industry have called attention to chronic staffing shortages that have forced carriers to either delay or cancel many flights.

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The Supreme Court Rejects Bayer’s Request to Block Roundup Lawsuits

The Supreme Court has rejected Bayer’s appeal to shut down thousands of lawsuits claiming that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer.

The justices on Tuesday left in place a $25 million judgment in favor of Edwin Hardeman, a California man who says he developed cancer from using Roundup for decades to treat poison oak, overgrowth and weeds on his San Francisco Bay Area property. Hardeman’s lawsuit had served as a test case for thousands of similar lawsuits.

The high court’s action comes amid a series of court fights over Roundup that have pointed in different directions.

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The Human Rights Campaign Sets a New Standard For Companies Listed as ‘Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality’

The Human Rights Campaign announced Wednesday that companies wishing to keep their title next year of “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality” will need to advance the community’s rights in the public sphere. 

Writing in The Advocate, HRC interim President Joni Madison said her organization would no longer automatically award the distinction to firms achieving a top score in the Corporate Equality Index, the group’s tool to measure companies’ support for LGBTQ workplace inclusion.

“Corporate social responsibility today is about going beyond HR plans and benefits,” she wrote in an op-ed. “It’s about the business companies do and how their values carry through everything they do — from internal policies to products to politics.” 

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The FTC Will Probe the ‘Prescription Drug Middleman Industry’

The Federal Trade Commission is starting an inquiry into the operations of pharmacy benefit managers, and what the agency calls the “prescription drug middleman industry,” that control access to medications for millions of Americans.

The consumer protection agency said Tuesday that that it will order the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, to provide a range of information and records detailing how they do business. 

PBMs run prescription drug coverage for big clients that include health insurers and employers that provide coverage. They help decide which drugs make a plan’s formulary, or list of covered medications. They also can determine where patients go to fill their prescriptions.

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Crypto Exchange Gemini Faces a $36M Lawsuit Over Negligence

A retirement account trust company is suing the crypto exchange Gemini for failing to have the “proper safeguards in place” to protect its customers’ assets.

IRA Financial Trust alleges hackers stole $36 million in crypto assets belonging to their customers’ retirement accounts which were reportedly in Gemini’s custody.

The South Dakota-based trust company has pledged to use proceeds from the lawsuit to reimburse the impacted customers. The firm claims Gemini’s Application Programming Interface (API) had a single point of failure, and that the exchange’s system had a “sweeping vulnerability that allowed for a breach of a single customer account to metastasize across all accounts.”

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A Federal Judge Dismisses a Lawsuit Over the Removal of a Christopher Columbus Statue

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by an Italian American group that wants New Haven to bring back a Christopher Columbus statue that was removed from a city park in 2020.

American Italian Women for Greater New Haven argued that the statue’s removal was discriminatory, reflecting what the group called a “pro-African American/anti-Italian American policy” in the city.

In a decision issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Janet Hall wrote that the organization hadn’t brought forward “any facts to make this conclusory allegation even remotely plausible,” and that the group’s other legal claims also failed.

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Doctor Named in Mississippi’s Abortion Case Is Not Involved With the Lawsuit

Dr. Thomas Dobbs has never gotten involved in political fights over reproductive health, but his name has become shorthand for a legal case that could end abortion rights in the United States. If he has feelings about the situation, he pretty much keeps those to himself.

Mississippi’s top public health official is named in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a dispute over a state law that would ban most abortions after the 15th week but that could be used to overturn Roe v. Wade.

A leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion shows a conservative majority of justices are ready to use the case to topple the court’s landmark 1973 ruling that established abortion rights nationwide.

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A Former Employee Sues Kraft Over Alleged Racial Discrimination

Former employee Travis Walker filed a complaint against Kraft Heinz Food Co. LLC., alleging the defendant engaged in racial discrimination in the workplace and wrongful termination.

The plaintiff worked at Kraft from November 2019 until January 2021, per the complaint. In February 2020, the plaintiff applied for a lead position; he said he was passed over by two employees who required more training than him.

The plaintiff then made a protected complaint of racial discrimination to Kraft’s human resources department, the complaint alleged. In August 2020, the plaintiff was called to a meeting with the head of the company to discuss his protected complaint. The complaint alleges that Kraft failed to take action with respect to racial discrimination in the workplace. The complaint cites several instances where the plaintiff was reprimanded for an action others were not, like wearing a personal face mask instead of the company’s, missing an initial on some paperwork, and others.

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