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Senate Democrats propose applying the Civil Rights Act's ban on customer discrimination to the banking system.

The landmark 1964 law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin in "public accommodation" locations – including hotels and restaurants – but does not include financial institutions.

A bill by Sens. Sherrod Brown from Ohio, Tina Smith from Minnesota, Cory Booker from New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts and Chris Van Hollen from Maryland would change this and prohibit financial institutions from discriminating based on race, religion or nationality, origin, gender , Gender identity or sexual orientation. (Read the full story here.)

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