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New Census Data Shows Rise of Those in Poverty and without Insurance

Friday, September 11, 2009

According to U.S. Census Bureau data released yesterday, the number of Americans living in poverty and without health insurance increased in 2008. The number of uninsured rose from 45.7 million to 46.3 million and the official poverty rate rose from 12.5 percent in 2007 to 13.2 percent last year – the highest rate since 1997. … Read More

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Supreme Court Decision in Ricci Makes It Hard For Employers to Comply with Anti-Discrimination Laws

Monday, June 29, 2009

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court imposed a new standard on employers seeking to comply with federal employment discrimination laws in its 5-4 decision in Ricci v. DeStefano, a race discrimination lawsuit against the city of New Haven, Connecticut. Ricci involved the claim by one Latino and nine White firefighters that the city’s decision not to … Read More

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Modernizing the Way Poverty Is Measured

Monday, June 29, 2009

The focus on accounting for results in the economic recovery package has intensified the call by anti-poverty advocates to modernize how the nation measures poverty. The current measure, which was created in the 1960s and based on data from the 1950s, sets the poverty threshold at $21,000 for four, a figure that advocates say does … Read More

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Today in Civil Rights History: Charlotte E. Ray, First Female African-American Lawyer

Friday, February 27, 2009

Charlotte E. Ray graduated from Howard Law School on February 27, 1872, becoming not only the first female African-American lawyer in the United States but also the first practicing female lawyer in Washington, D.C.Ray was born in 1850 in New York City, where her father worked as a minister and was a prominent abolitionist. She … Read More

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Employment Discrimination Cases Face Uphill Battle in Federal Courts

Monday, February 23, 2009

If you are a victim of employment discrimination, your case is more likely to be dismissed compared with other types of cases, and your chances of winning in court are slim, according to recent studies.Between 1979 and 2006, plaintiffs in federal cases won 15 percent of employment discrimination cases. In comparison, the success rate was … Read More

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