Monthly Archives: October 2016

Lawyers’ Committee Receives “Organization of the Year” Award

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice received the Organization of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA). The award was presented at a reception held at Locke Lord in Boston, MA. As our Executive Director, Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, noted at the reception: “We’ve had an amazing year tackling diversity and

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Lawyers’ Committee Urges Amazon to Halt Employment Practices that Harm Communities of Color

In a letter issued today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice called on Amazon to reverse recently-implemented employment policies that bar qualified individuals from being Amazon delivery drivers based not on job performance, but rather solely on past contact with the criminal justice system. In the Boston area, these new policies have

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Appeals Court Finds That Boston Police Department’s Drug Screening Method is Flawed & Scientifically Unreliable

On Friday, October 7, in Thompson v. Civil Service Commission, a case filed on behalf of Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) members, the Massachusetts Appeals Court found that the Boston Police Department’s use of hair samples in drug screenings is scientifically unreliable. The Appeals Court affirmed a Superior Court order reinstating six officers with back

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Kids Sent Home from School Improperly

Massachusetts schools are skirting a state law meant to curb suspensions by quietly sending students — many of them with special needs — home without properly recording the absences, according to the Boston Herald. Matt Cregor, of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, noted: “We are hearing from families that they are not getting the

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