A drug charges case in another state has made national headlines. Police are accused of arresting 65 people after finding a tiny amount of marijuana at a house party. The district attorney handling the case has actually dropped the charges against all but one of the accused. The NAACP, however, is only just getting started on the civil rights violations claims it plans to file. This is a case that could change how police in New York and everywhere treat such drug crime cases in the future.
It is hard to go a day without hearing stories in the news about people's rights being violated. It happens far too frequently. Sometimes, those responsible try to brush such accusations under the rug, but victims do not have to let such behavior stand. Those in New York who are victims of civil rights violations may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.
In the face of a federal civil rights lawsuit, the NYPD has cut back on its stop-and-frisk practices and "broken windows" policing overall. Since the 1990s, the department had been aggressively enforcing minor offenses such as public drinking or riding a bike on the sidewalk. The idea was that cracking down on minor offenses in high-crime neighborhoods would set a tone that would reduce crime overall. Unfortunately, the policing practices often translated directly into racial profiling.
Jewish community centers across the country have recently been targeted by multiple bomb threats. Many of these establishments, including one in New York, have been subjected to a number of threats over a two-week period. A federal investigation is underway to determine if there are any possible civil rights violations associated with the threats.
As a parent, you do everything you can to give your child a positive and joyful upbringing that also prepares them for the harsh real world. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your child ends up learning about human cruelty first-hand, thanks to school bullies. If your child's teacher and school administrators aren't taking steps to curtail the bullying, it may be time to consult with an attorney. This particularly applies in cases where the bullying results from your child's gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. An attorney can help advocate for your child to the school.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees every citizen of American civil rights of personal liberty regardless of the age of the citizen. A lawsuit alleging civil rights violations was recently filed on behalf of a child in another state. It might interest New York residents to see how even children can experience discrimination by adults. The defendants in this lawsuit include the county's Board of Education and its superintendent along with the liaison for homeless children of the school district.
The federal government filed a lawsuit against the property owner of the apartment complex in New York. The claim alleges civil rights violations against a disabled tenant. The U.S. Attorney's office says the resident's deteriorating health necessitated the help of a service dog, and this was where the problem arose.
Three women, one of them from New York, recently filed a lawsuit against Facebook. In this class-action claim, they accuse the defendant of civil rights violations by allowing its users to place discriminatory advertisements. The plaintiffs assert violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
Undocumented workers in the United States worry daily about the threat of deportation, and this concern often leads to a fear of filing claims for relief due to workplace injuries. The good news is that New York State and the federal government have laws in place that protect undocumented workers from retaliation by their employers. These laws bar threats of deportation, and it is illegal for an employer to report someone to Immigration and Customs Enforcement as punishment for a workplace injury claim. While the threat of deportation is always there, it cannot legally come from the employer of an undocumented worker who was injured on the job.
A class-action lawsuit regarding bullying in New York City public schools has recently been brought against the New York City Department of Education. The lawsuit alleges that there is an atmosphere of violence and harassment in these schools that deprives students of their right to safely receive an education. The suit was filed in New York's Eastern District and names both the DOE and its chancellor, Carmen Farina.