Federal Appeals Court Allows Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim in the Workplace

Earlier this week, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, in an 8-3 majority, that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects employees from workplace discrimination based on their sexual orientation. This decision comes weeks after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the opposite way, stating Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act does … More Federal Appeals Court Allows Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim in the Workplace

The Issue Regarding Re-Segregation in the Public School System

Over the last few years, re-segregation in school districts across the United States has become a pressing issue that isn’t often discussed. As the graduation rates of minorities across the United States continues to be much lower than their Caucasian counterparts, quality of education for these minority students must be addressed. One of the issues … More The Issue Regarding Re-Segregation in the Public School System

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Disability Discrimination in Schools is not Pursuant to the Individual with Disabilities Act

The case, Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court last Wednesday. The majority opinion, by Justice Elena Kagan, confirmed that the parents of Ehlena Fry can sue school officials for not letting their child bring a service dog with her to school. Ehlena Fry is a 12 year old girl … More U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Disability Discrimination in Schools is not Pursuant to the Individual with Disabilities Act

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Race-Based Testimony Should Not Be Used in Sentencing

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision this week in the case Buck v. Davis. The opinion by Chief Justice Roberts condemned the use of race-based testimony in sentencing and marks another victory for civil rights advocates. The facts underlying the case are gruesome. On July 30, 1995, Duane Buck went to his former … More U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Race-Based Testimony Should Not Be Used in Sentencing

Notice of the Filing of a Petition for Declaratory Ruling

The Connecticut State Employee Campaign Committee (“CSECC”) has filed a petition for declaratory ruling with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”) on the following issues:   Does the American Family Association (“AFA”)’s exclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity from its nondiscrimination policy violate any state anti-discrimination statute or regulation over which the … More Notice of the Filing of a Petition for Declaratory Ruling

CHRO to Host Forum on Educational Access and Racial Justice

On March 8th at noon, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities will be hosting its “Forum on Educational Access and Racial Justice“ to discuss how equal access to quality schooling can aid in our mission of eliminating discrimination in the state. It will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges the state continues to have … More CHRO to Host Forum on Educational Access and Racial Justice

Fred Korematsu, Activist That Defied Executive Orders, Honored On His Birthday

If you opened up the Google homepage this morning, you would have learned that today is the 98th birthday of Fred Korematsu. Korematsu was a civil rights activist who knowingly disobeyed Executive Order 9066. Korematsu was convicted by a federal court and put on five years’ probation. The order Korematsu violated put people of Japanese … More Fred Korematsu, Activist That Defied Executive Orders, Honored On His Birthday

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules on Punitive Damages Question

After a series of trips up and down the judicial ladder, the Connecticut Supreme Court determined in a 4-2 decision that United Parcel Service was not required under General Statute § 46a-104 to pay punitive damages to former employee Michael Tomick for discrimination on account of his disability. While many points of the jury’s initial … More Connecticut Supreme Court Rules on Punitive Damages Question

Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds Honored at Kristallnacht Commemoration in Orange, CT

On November 20, 2016, Congregation Or Shalom in Orange, CT held its 10th Anniversary commemoration of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, when mobs attacked Jewish synagogues and business in Germany and Austria in 1938. Each year, the Congregation honors “Beacons of Light in the Darkness”; those who stood up to bigotry despite risk to … More Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds Honored at Kristallnacht Commemoration in Orange, CT