Civil Rights

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Nov 2, 2010

Attorneys for the family of a Guatemalan day laborer who was killed by police in September say they plan to file a civil rights lawsuit in federal court, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The attorneys claim that the Los Angeles Police Department's official version of the events is actually contradicted by several witnesses.

"We wouldn't have taken this case unless we had a good-faith belief that there were deficient tactics on the part of the officers," said an attorney representing the family of Manuel Jaminez Xum, an immigrant from a Maya community five hour

Oct 22, 2010

A New Jersey man recently admitted to sending threatening e-mails to employees of five different Latino civil rights organizations while using an internet pseudonym, the Associated Press reports.

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Oct 13, 2010

Lana Lawless, a transgender woman who won the 2008 Women's Long Drive Association (LDA) championship, has filed a lawsuit against the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the LDA for violating her civil rights.

Lawless, who is a professional golfer, applied to enter the LPGA's qualifying events in order to gain tour eligibility, but was rejected based on the association's rule that requires all players on the tour to have been born female.

A former male SWAT team member, Lawless underwent a complete gender reassignment and is legally female.

Oct 9, 2010

A creative writing professor at the University of South Carolina has filed a federal lawsuit against the university, claiming his employers have discriminated against him based on his gender and age, the Free Times reports.

Ben Greer, a 61-year-old associated English professor who has taught at the university since 1980, says he hopes to subpoena three of the university’s previous presidents, hoping they will take the stand if the case goes to trial, according to the news source.

In the suit, filed before the beginning of the 2010 fall semester, Greer claims the univers

Oct 8, 2010

Boston Public Schools and federal officials have reached an agreement after allegations that the schools did not provide English instruction to those with a limited knowledge of the language, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

As part of the settlement, Boston Public Schools agreed to assess the English proficiency of a group of approximately 7,000 students who had not been previously tested.