Civil Rights

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Feb 14, 2011

The city of Antioch, California, has agreed to pay a number of residents including a former San Francisco police inspector $750,000 in order to settle a civil rights lawsuit, the Contra Costa Times reports.

Marvetia Lynn Richardson filed the lawsuit against the city in U.S.

Feb 4, 2011

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission is investigating a restaurant that automatically adds a 15 percent gratuity to the bill of customers who don't speak English, reports Fox News.

The Waikiki restaurant, Keoni by Keo's, justified the charge by saying that many of its customers are foreign tourists who do not tip due to the practice not being part of dining custom in their home countries.

Jan 25, 2011

In a new decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has expanded a provision in the Civil Rights Act to protect loved ones of those who file discrimination complaints from being fired in retaliation, reports CNN.

The court ruled unanimously in favor of Miriam Regalado and her husband, Eric Thompson.

Jan 13, 2011

Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi, has urged the state legislature to earmark $50 million for a civil rights museum after making controversial remarks on civil rights history last month, reports Reuters.

"The civil rights struggle is an important part of our history, and millions of people are interested in learning more about it," Barbour said during his address.

Jan 4, 2011

Melvin Jones III, a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, has filed a civil rights lawsuit after he was allegedly beaten by city police officers during a traffic stop, reports The Associated Press.

In the lawsuit, which was filed against the city, the police commissioner and six individual officers, Jones claims that he was "unjustifiably hit, pushed, kicked and beaten with a flashlight." Jones, who is black, also claimed that one of the four white arresting officers used a racial slur during the beating.

The alleged assault reportedly left Jones unconscious and b