Gillibrand Legislation Would Help Women And Minority Small Businesses Get Little Loans

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester Monday announcing bipartisan legislation to expand the Small Business Administration’s microloan program, helping women and minority owned businesses succeed. The Microloan Modernization Act will strengthen the current program, Gillibrand said, by raising the total limit on outstanding loans from intermediary lenders, which would allow for more loans to be made. "The lending organizations aren’t making enough loans. And they’re not reaching enough entrepreneurs to actually reflect the population of incredibly diverse communities like the ones here in Rochester. And they’re not reaching enough women entrepreneurs."


Second Women’s March Planned In Seneca Falls

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Last January, a day after the inauguration of President Trump, an estimated 10,000 people flocked to Seneca Falls for a women’s march and rally. Organizers are planning a similar event on January 20, 2018. Rev. Leah Ntuala, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, says the call to action has not diminished since last year. "(This) year, I think everybody was worried about what possible changes the administration could make that would roll back rights women had made ground in getting and maintaining, and (now) we've realized some of those fears." The 2018 march and rally is called "per-Sisters for Women's Equality."


Harassment Complaint Filed In Federal Court Against University of Rochester

Nine professors and students who filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the University of Rochester three months ago, on Friday filed a lawsuit against the university, President Joel Seligman and Provost Robert Clark. (the court papers are at the end of this story)

The 192-page complaint echoes many of the allegations contained in the EEOC complaint, many of which centered around Professor Florian Jaeger, in the university’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Jaeger has denied the charges, and was placed on administrative leave. The lawsuit alleges inappropriate behavior, sexual harassment, and retaliation for bringing the allegations to light. Earlier this week, TIME Magazine included two of the  plaintiffs, Celeste Kidd and Jessica Cantlon in their ‘Person of the Year’ issue.

Report Shows Trans People Aren't Treated Equally

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A recent report shows transgender people in Pennsylvania--and across the country--face significantly higher-than-average rates of unemployment and poverty. The numbers are part of a country-wide study by the National Center for Transgender Equality. The figures show that in the year 2015, 11 percent of the commonwealth's transgender population was unemployed, as opposed to just five percent of the general, national population. A whopping 31 percent were impoverished, which contrasts with the national 14 percent poverty rate. Sandy James, a spokesman for the center, said Pennsylvania is part of a much bigger trend.