US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is (in)famous for remaining silent during oral arguments, but last week during the oral argument of Flowers v. Mississippi, he broke his silence to ask a question. The case presents a question about whether a Mississippi prosecutor engaged in unlawful exclusion of jurors on the basis of race in the series of trials of Curtis Flowers, who was charged with several murders.
Earlier this week, a group of people whose visa applications were not approved under the current administration’s travel ban filed a lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and various government agencies. The lawsuit, Emami v. Nielsen, was filed in the Northern District of California, and plaintiffs come from all five of the Muslim-majority countries affected by the ban: Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Syria, and Libya.
Google has reportedly spent approximately $270,000 to close unexplained pay gaps it identified among over 200 employees in six job groups. As part of this effort to close any "statistically significant" pay inequities, Google reviewed any job group with 30 or more employees, and at least five employees in every demographic group for which it had data. The pay increases occurred following a revised class action that was filed against the search giant earlier this year, alleging that women make less than their male counterparts at Google.