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Levi's, Yelp Join Coalition Pledging Not to Discriminate

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(AP) -- Levi Strauss, Yelp and Lyft are leading a coalition of 1,200 businesses and cities that are pledging not to discriminate against employees or customers based on race, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.

Normally, making a promise to serve every customer might seem like a no-brainer. But the Open to All coalition is launching in a highly charged atmosphere, with florists refusing to provide flowers for gay weddings and stores turning away Muslim customers. The aggrieved include a transgender woman who in June was harassed by staff at a Washington restaurant for using the women's restroom.