"When Facebook uses the vast amount of personal data it collects to help advertisers to discriminate, it's the same as slamming the door in someone's face," says a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
When you buy a car, there is typically no set price. The final price and terms be negotiated with the dealer, often with little information on the part of the consumer. As a result, it can be easy for unscrupulous dealers to take advantage of people -- and studies have shown that the people being taken advantage of are African-Americans and Hispanics.
In October 2016, the nonprofit investigative journal ProPublica published a blockbuster exposé about housing advertisements on Facebook. Advertisers could tailor their ads to exclude people based on race, gender and other factors that are illegal under the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing.
According to the National Registry of Exonerations, at least 139 people were exonerated in 2017. These innocent people spent an average of 10.6 years behind bars before their wrongful convictions were overturned. Why are there so many and what do we know about these wrongful convictions?
Today, it's shocking when people with disabilities are prevented from shopping at stores or working with businesses due to accessibility problems. It does still happen, but it is less common now thanks to the Americans With Disabilities Act.
It has been 50 years since the Fair Housing Act prohibited race discrimination in mortgage lending. Unfortunately, a major new study has found that these harmful and illegal practices continue today, despite an affirmative obligation on lenders to actively solicit business from every segment of their communities.
Police officers are supposed to keep Pennsylvania residents safe from crime, but they must also respect the rights of all civilians. Part of police duty is to make sure arrests are lawful and free from any abuse of their authority.
Highwater v. Animus, CA No.: 12-3206, (E.D.P.A. Oct. 10, 2012) is an employment discrimination case. The main issue analyzed by the court is when an action must be brought to be within the statute of limitations. These issues are not as easy as one would think because the statute begins to run in employment discrimination cases from the point at which the discriminatory act is performed.
"The overriding public policy concern is that not commencing legal malpractice actions in a timely fashion results in stale claims."
Previously, this column on attorney liability discussed various attorney liabilities arising from claims of negligence and misuse of process: Dragonetti (wrongful use of civil proceedings), abuse of process, sanctions, etc. (all underlying a claim of "frivolity"). However, attorney liability is not just confined to negligent representation or so-called frivolous pleadings: