civil rights


Does France's 'burqa ban' protect — or persecute?

In 2004, France banned the wearing of all conspicuous religious symbols in grade schools. Then, in 2010, France enacted the so-called "burqa ban," making it illegal for Muslim women to wear the traditional face and body covering in public. These rules, based in France’s extreme separation of church and state, have stirred debate over whether France is protecting secularism or stifling religious freedom.



California takes a big step to equalizing pay between men and women

While the federal government remains stalled on any legislation to require equal pay for men and women, one state is acting. In California, a new law — tougher than any federal measure considered to date — will force employers who pay men more than women in the same position to prove that the differential is based on something other than gender.