August 10, 2017 Customers of four California Chinese restaurants might have noticed a change in ownership and management at the locations during the spring of 2017 after the former owners and managers were arrested for wage theft and tax evasion totaling $6.5 million. The arrests also uncovered stories of immigrant workers who were housed in…

July 10, 2017 A Minnesota police officer who fatally shot popular cafeteria employee, Philando Castile, 32, during a traffic stop in 2016 was acquitted on all charges by a jury in June 2017. Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled Castile over in a suburb of Minneapolis, claiming he believed that Castile matched the description of a robbery suspect….

June 10, 2017 Francine Arthur, African-American mother of two, claims in an October 2016 lawsuit that she was harassed since April 2012 and wrongfully terminated by the Disney Corporation in California. Prior to her termination, she received multiple promotions since she began working as a night shift custodian in 2008. She moved up to Ghirardelli,…

May 20, 2017 On April 4, 2017, eight judges on a Chicago appellate court ruled to protect LGBT employees from discrimination in the workplace under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, making this the first decision of its kind. An Indiana federal district court will rehear the case. According to Gregory Nevins, a lawyer from the…

May 10, 2017 On April 10, 2017, Deirdre Harris, a 42 year-old African-American woman, from Huntington Beach, filed a civil rights lawsuit against Safeway and its subsidiary Albertson’s. The lawsuit claims that a store manager allegedly failed to take steps to correct or apologize for a checkout employee’s actions after the cashier incorrectly assumed Harris…

April 10, 2017 In February 2017, the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in favor of awarding a Mexican-American Texas death row inmate a new sentencing hearing. The reason for the change was that one of the jurors was heard to say during deliberations that the defendant must be guilty because Mexican men “take whatever they want.” In…

March 10, 2017 Despite pressure from the Department of Education and the newly appointed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, President Trump recalled protections for transgender children who want to use the school bathroom that matches their gender identity. The Justice Department joined civil rights officials from the Education Department arguing for continued choice by students when…

February 10, 2017 In the weeks leading up to the 2017 Presidential inauguration, civil rights protestors continued their fight to pursue criminal justice and voting rights under the new administration of President Trump. Part of the President Elect’s platform included revamping the healthcare system, restrictions on refugees and immigration and building a wall on the…

January 20, 2017 A transgender Ohio student, age 11, has permission to keep using the girls’ bathroom until the case makes its way through the court system, according to a ruling by a U.S. appeals court in December 2016. The student, who identifies as a girl but who is a biological boy, has been using…

January 11, 2016 In June 2012, the Obama administration enacted a policy called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This policy permits certain immigrants who entered the country illegally before June 2007 and their 16th birthday to receive a work permit and gives them a two-year deportation grace period—deferred action—renewable every two years. In…

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