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Last week, the California arm of the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in San Diego's federal district court challenging the constitutionality of the state's recent ban on high capacity magazines. This is the second lawsuit filed by gun advocates against the gun control legislation that took effect last year in California.

In addition to the case against high capacity magazines, a case was filed last month in the federal court for the Central District of California challenging the ban on assault weapons. The NRA previously announced that they expect to file five separate lawsuits challenging different parts of the legislation.

Last week, President Donald Trump signed another executive order, this time creating the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to investigate voting processes and registration for federal elections. Ostensibly, this commission will root out past voter fraud and advise the Oval Office on measures to prevent it in the future.

But the American Civil Liberties Union is wondering why there's a need to create such a commission in the first place. On the same day Trump signed his executive order, the ACLU filed a freedom of information request for any evidence the Trump administration has supporting its claims of voter fraud.

The United States Chess Federation was recently sued by a group of angry parents who alleged the organization was discriminating against their children. No, this had nothing to do with the white pieces always going first, but rather, the parents allege discrimination for their children being homeschooled. While homeschooling does not necessarily entitle a person to protection from discrimination, if there is a religious reason behind the decision to homeschool, that could amount to religious discrimination.

The lawsuit came about after the US Chess Federation (USCF) refused to allow a team of home schooled kids to participate in their "Super-Nationals" tournament this coming weekend. Last year, USCF disqualified one member of the same team of homeschooled children from a non-super national chess competition over a minor rules violation raised by a competing team's coach (that also happened to be a USCF board member). Due to the rules violation, the team dropped from 3rd to 9th place.

For whatever reason, high school proms bring out the anti-LGBTQ side of school administrators. One Mississippi school cancelled its prom rather than let a lesbian student bring a female date, and then allegedly put on a "sham prom" for that student alone while the rest of the school partied at another location.

And according to a lawsuit filed by a gay student in Buffalo, the run-up to this year's prom has been filled with announcements over the loudspeaker advising students that "couples" tickets are reserved for opposite-sex couples, same-sex dates are prohibited, and if same-sex students are seen dancing at the prom, the principal will separate them. Not exactly an LGBTQ-friendly atmosphere, but not unexpected from a school that allegedly also won't allow students to form a Gay-Straight Alliance.

Throughout its existence, Airbnb has been plagued with reports of racial discrimination and profiling by hosts. While the company has taken action to ban some discriminatory hosts (as recently as last month), an agreement signed with California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing might be the online rental platform's biggest move yet to combat racial profiling.

Under the agreement, Airbnb will submit to fair housing testing and allow the DFEH to audit hosts for racial bias in part by creating fake renter profiles. Here's how the program will work.

School safety can be a controversial subject. Although everyone agrees that safe schools are important and essential in every community, not everyone agrees on how to achieve safe schools. Zero tolerance policies began emerging in the 1980s and 90s in response to the increased efforts in the government's war on drugs, as well as part of the Gun Free Schools Act.

Over time, many schools expanded their zero tolerance policies to include other behaviors including fighting, or possessing drugs or alcohol, and even less serious offenses. After the tragic Columbine shooting in 1999, many more schools started instituting zero tolerance policies for students caught carrying weapons. However, now that there is decades of data for researchers to review and analyze, zero tolerance policies have come under the microscope.

When an employer or boss has a ‘favorite,’ it can create real tension in the workplace. The term itself is highly subjective, and even somewhat offensively whimsical. Even if it is based on objective performance criterion, declaring a favorite rather than a top performer is demoralizing and cheapens employees’ performances and accomplishments.

Unfortunately for workers, workplaces can be downright awful. But that’s just one of the facts of life. To make matters worse, unless you’re being sexually harassed, discriminated against, or physically attacked, there sometimes can be very little a person can do without risking job security. Even where legal protections exist, there’s still no real job security, as retaliation happens with alarming frequency. Suing isn’t really a solution, but rather a remedy, which frequently isn’t going to be available.

Federal laws make it illegal to discriminate based on race, age, sex, nationality, disability, or religion when it comes to employment, housing, voting rights, education, and access to public facilities. And some states have extended these protections to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Some states, on the other hand, haven't just declined to enact statutes against LGBT discrimination, but have passed laws limiting the authority of cities located within their borders to do so. Here's a look at these anti-anti-discrimination laws.

A law in the Missourian town of Maplewood penalizes people for calling the police, even if there is a legitimate need for police assistance. As a result of this law, a mother of two, who is also the victim of domestic abuse, was evicted from her home. In other words, as crazy as it sounds: a woman was evicted from her home for calling the police about domestic violence incidents.

Rosetta Watson, who's now 58 years old, was facing repeated domestic violence in her Maplewood home. Even though she was the victim, she was still evicted due to being a "nuisance." After being evicted, Ms. Watson faced stretches of homelessness due to being unable to find stable housing. While the damage has been done, the ACLU has taken on her case, and has filed a lawsuit not only to get rid of this nonsensical law, but to also recover damages on Ms. Watson's behalf.

The Fair Housing Act, passed as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, protects renters and home buyers from a variety of discrimination based on everything from sex, race, and national origin to religion, marriage status, and pregnancy. But until Wednesday of this week, no court had extended those protections to include lesbian, gay, or transgender people.

That all changed when a federal court in Denver ruled that sex discrimination under the Fair Housing Act includes discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation, including discrimination motivated by outdated stereotypes about how men and women should act and with whom they should romantically partner.