Tag: Legal

3 Court Cases That Have Taken Religious Freedoms Too Far

As upheld by the First Amendment, anyone and everyone has the right to practice their religion of choice or not practice one at all. While people have the right to go to court when they feel their religious freedoms are infringed upon, those cases have sometimes yielded results that beg…

5 Biggest News Stories of the Week: August 25

As the saying goes, the news never stops — but there’s a lot of it out there, and all of it doesn’t always pertain to our readers. In this weekly news roundup, we’ll cover the top news stories that matter most to our diversity focused audience. 1. Biden’s Student Loan…

judge bans gay panic defense

Virginia Becomes 12th State in Country to Ban LGBTQ ‘Panic’ as a Defense in Assault and Murder Trials

“Gay panic” or “trans panic” is a common legal defense in many trials for violent crimes and murders where the perpetrator claims they were driven into a violent rage and temporarily went “insane” after discovering the sexuality or gender identity of the person they attacked, thereby allowing the assailant to…

Marijuana legal in new York

New York State Legalizes Marijuana Usage; Millions in Tax Revenue Will Be Used to Promote Racial Equity

Possessing up to three ounces of cannabis (or marijuana) is now legal in the state of New York. Luis Ferré-Sadurní of The New York Times has reported that “after years of stalled attempts, New York State has legalized the use of recreational marijuana, enacting a robust program that will reinvest…

sex workers

New York City Moves to Dismiss Nearly 1,500 Crimes Involving Sex Work — Arrests that Disproportionately Target Trans Women and Women of Color

In an ongoing effort to decriminalize sex work within the metro area, New York City officials have moved to dismiss nearly 1,500 pending criminal cases related to prostitution — arrests that tend to be highly biased and largely target transgender individuals and women of color. On March 8, Bronx District…

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Maine Expected to End Mandatory Nondisclosure Agreements for Workplace Discrimination

A new bill introduced in Maine seeks to stop employers from requiring their employees to sign nondisclosure agreements during workplace harassment and discrimination settlements or upon hiring. The bill, LD 1529, was passed in the Maine House and Senate during the last session but paused at Gov. Janet Mills’ desk…

Archived: NJ Transit Settles $3.65 Million Discrimination Suit

NJ Transit recently settled a $3.65 million racial discrimination lawsuit with seven former African American employees, who cited racial insults from supervisors as the cause for legal action. In January 2014, accusations surfaced after a supervisor, no longer employed by the agency, put a makeshift noose around an employee’s neck…

Archived: Fraternity Ousted Over Racist Chant Lawyers Up

By Michael Nam The University of Oklahoma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has hired a very high-profile lawyer after being kicked off campus in the aftermath of the racist-chant video coming to light. The fraternity has engaged the services of Stephen Jones, best known as the lead defense attorney for…