Civil Rights

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Dec 2, 2011

Savannah State University recently settled a lawsuit filed by its former football coach Robby Wells, who alleged he was released by the historically black college because he is white.

Wells received $240,000 in a settlement with the university to dismiss his federal discrimination lawsuit, and a copy of the settlement obtained by The Associated Press showed that his legal team was paid $110,000 by the school, as well.

The 12-page settlement document that was signed on November 10 stated that Savannah State University still denies any wrongdoing in the case of Wells being rele

Nov 30, 2011

A privacy complaint that was filed by the Federal Trade Commission against Facebook was recently settled by the social networking company.

The FTC alleged Facebook made private information public on the social networking site.

Nov 23, 2011

A lawsuit filed against Savannah State University by its former football coach, Robby Wells, was recently dismissed after the two sides settled.

Wells filed the lawsuit against the historically black school for firing him because of racial prejudice.

Sep 16, 2011

Citing concerns for small business owners, California Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed a bill to amend the state's Unruh Civil Rights Act.

The Unruh act prohibits California businesses from discriminating against customers on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability or medical condition.

Sep 14, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union recently threatened to sue the city of Eugene, Oregon, saying its sign laws violate the free speech rights of business owners.

During the past several months, city authorities told owners of businesses along West Sixth Avenue to remove signs protesting a proposed transit system expansion. The city said the signs violated the ordinance governing sign usage, and if not removed, would result in fines of $100 a day.