Tag Archives: discrimination

Boston Globe Calls for Action on Exam School Diversity

The Boston Globe Editorial Board calls for “more urgency” in closing Boston Latin’s diversity gap, citing the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice: “There is simply nothing meritorious about a public school admissions policy that favors those who can pay for private test preparation,” said Matt Cregor, the Education Project Director of the

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Response to Racial Discrimination at Mystic Valley Charter School

On May 12, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice learned that Mystic Valley Charter School is disciplining of African-American schoolgirls for wearing braids. Today, we sent a letter in response to the school’s discriminatory policy. We do so for three reasons: First, the parents in today’s article expressed concern that White students

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Protecting 30,000 Households

Fighting the Wave of Hate: Federal Civil Rights Settlement Extends Fair Housing Protections to 30,000 Households The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and our pro bono partner Foley Hoag LLP are pleased to announce a groundbreaking federal Fair Housing Act settlement that will provide protection against racial harassment to over 30,000 rental

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Travel Ban Targets Seven Muslim Countries

The federal government has closed the nation’s borders to refugees from around the world, and temporarily suspended immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. On February 3, 2017, WGBH’s Basic Black discussed the legal and policy implications of the travel ban with Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson; Abdirahman

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Black and Latino Amazon Drivers File Discrimination Class Action

BLACK AND LATINO DRIVERS FILE CLASS ACTION DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS AGAINST AMAZON Complaints Allege Amazon Illegally Fired Drivers Based On Overly Stringent Background Checks A group of eight Black and Latino former Amazon drivers filed class action complaints today with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), charging that Amazon illegally discriminated against them and other similarly-situated

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Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges

Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges The federal government has all but abandoned its commitment to enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws. The federal government is impeding progress in voting rights and police accountability cases. Right now,  immigrants and refugees are being detained and interrogated in airports. Overnight, we’ve had to create a shield to

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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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Statement on the Failure to Indict the Police Officers Involved in the Shooting of Tamir Rice

Statement on the Failure to Indict the Police Officers Involved in the Shooting of Tamir Rice The announcement that a grand jury failed to indict the police officers who gunned down Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy playing with a toy gun in a playground in Cleveland, Ohio, is the latest in the steady drumbeat

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