Tag: Race

Republican, Democrat, sentences

Study Finds Republican-Appointed Judges More Likely to Give Black Defendants Longer Sentences Than Democrat-Appointed Judges

A 2018 study by the American Economic Journal discovered Republican-appointed judges impose longer sentences on Black defendants than their Democrat-appointed counterparts. The paper, “Judicial Politics and Sentencing Decisions” by Alma Cohen and Crystal S. Yang compiled data on over 500,000 federal defendants linked to a sentencing judge. The study is…

Baltimore County, discriminatory, DOJ

Justice Department Sues Baltimore County Police Department for Employment Discrimination

The Justice Department (DOJ) has sued Baltimore County, Maryland and its police department for what it has deemed discriminatory hiring practices against prospective entry-level officers. The department had been using an exam, which Black applicants consistently performed worse on than white applicants, leading to fewer Black applicants being hired in…

New York State Expands Workplace Harassment Laws

New York State legislators are heading toward the forefront of cracking down on workplace sexual harassment. They ended their 2019 session passing a plethora of expansions to the state’s existing workplace discrimination laws. Most notably, they removed the requirement for the harassment to be “severe or pervasive” in order for…