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Posted 11 months ago in Your Job & The Law by Michele Bowman  
‘N-Word’ Never OK at Work, Says NY Jury

A federal jury in Manhattan has found in favor of a black plaintiff who sued her black employer after he went on a rant filled with the n-word, finding that use of the slur is actionable harassment at work, no matter the context.    ‘Inappropriate Times’ Brandi Johnson, a 38-year-old black employment agency worker, worked for Rob Carmona at an employment agency called STRIVE in East Harlem in New York City. The company helps people who struggle to enter the …

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Posted 1 year ago in Criminal Law Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
‘Stand Your Ground’ Fails to Deter Crime

This is Part Two of a four-part series on Stand Your Ground Laws. Please see Part One: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Isn’t Making Anyone Safer [Video] and Part Three: Task Force Examines Racial Bias in Stand Your Ground Laws, Part Four: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Means More Homicides. After George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the second-degree murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin on July 13, “stand your ground” (SYG) seems to have permanently entered the public lexicon. Although Zimmerman and his lawyers chose to forego …

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EEOC Sues Employers for Using Criminal Background Checks

In two lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on June 11, the agency accused two large employers of using criminal background checks to illegally discriminate against black workers. On the same day, the EEOC filed suit in South Carolina against BMW and in Chicago against Dollar General, alleging that the companies, by requiring contracted employees and prospective employees to submit to criminal background checks, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against race discrimination.  …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Courtney Sherwood  
Zimmerman Charged with Second-Degree Murder

The Florida man whose shooting of an unarmed teen on Feb. 26 has sparked protests around the country will be charged with second-degree murder, a special prosecutor assigned to the case announced Wednesday. George Zimmerman, whose whereabouts had been reported unknown and whose attorneys publicly resigned on Tuesday, has been arrested in the killing of Trayvon Martin, she also announced. Zimmerman appears to have obtained new attorneys, special prosecutor Angela Corey said at a press conference held to announce the charges against him. …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Courtney Sherwood  
No First-Degree Murder Charges in Trayvon Martin Killing

Trayvon Martin’s killer will not be charged with first-degree murder. But George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old on Feb. 26, could still face manslaughter or other charges when a Florida prosecutor concludes her investigation. That prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey, said Monday that she will not bring the case before the grand jury scheduled to convene today. In Florida, first-degree murder charges require a grand jury’s review and a finding that the act was premeditated.  But prosecutors need not …

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