Parents of 13-Year-Old Autistic Boy Shot by Police Files Lawsuit

The parents of a 13-year-old boy with autism have filed a federal lawsuit against the Salt Lake City Police Department and the officer believed to have shot and injured the teen.

On Sept. 4, Linden Cameron’s mother, Golda Barton, called police for help while her son was having a mental health episode. The responding officers opened fire on the unarmed teenager instead, severely injuring him. Linden’s family has sought justice in the months since, and his story has rallied groups seeking police reform in Utah.

A complaint filed in Utah District Court on Monday alleges police shot Linden 11 times.

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Guitar Center Files for Bankruptcy

New York (CNN Business)Guitar Center is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the latest company to go bankrupt during the pandemic that has decimated America’s retail sector.

The 61-year-old company — the biggest musical instrument retailer in the United States — had tried to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic by offering virtual music lessons. But Guitar Center was forced to close many of its stores in March during nationwide lockdowns, and it struggled to get customers to buy instruments as the economy headed south.
Guitar Center has 269 locations, many of which are in malls that had been struggling long before Covid-19. Foot traffic in malls has plummeted, and stores like Guitar Center that are dependent on people making discretionary purchases have been among the worst-hit this year.
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Tyson Foods Sued Over Supervisors Betting on Employees Contracting Coronavirus

A lawsuit against a Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, claims that supervisors privately placed bets on how many workers would get sick as the plant remained open early on in the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawsuit filed by Oscar Fernandez, whose father worked at the plant, claims that one of the facility’s managers created a “cash buy-in, winner-take-all” betting pool for higher-ups over how many Waterloo employees would end up becoming ill from the virus, The Washington Post reports.

Fernandez filed the wrongful death lawsuit after his father, Isidro Fernandez, died in April after contracting COVID-19 while on the job. Several other families of Waterloo facility workers have also filed lawsuits, according to The Associated Press.

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Whistleblower Lawsuit Filed Against Academy Bus for Allegedly Defrauding $15M

A company that contracts bus services with NJ Transit has been accused by the Office of the Attorney General of running no-show buses, perpetrating a fraud scheme of more than $15 million, according to allegations in court documents. 

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the decision Monday morning to intervene in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Hector Peralta, a former employee of Academy Bus. Academy and its affiliated corporations have contracted with NJ Transit since at least 2011.

“Academy’s fraud was massive,” Grewal said in court documents filed Monday in Superior Court in Essex County. “Between at least April 2012 and December 2018, Academy deliberately failed to report to New Jersey Transit tens of thousands of missed bus trips, defrauding New Jersey Transit out of more than $15 million.”

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Catholic Girls School Sued for Allegedly Turning Away Disabled Girl

NEW ORLEANS, LA. — Mt. Carmel Academy, a Catholic girls’ school in New Orleans, is facing a disability discrimination lawsuit from one of its alumnus.

Attorney Chris Edmunds is representing the family. He says his client, a 13-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, was turned away by the school because of her disability.

  “They told her in so many words not to apply, because she uses a wheelchair, and that they don’t want to have a student in a wheelchair,” said Edmunds.

The child’s mother scheduled her daughter to attend an open house earlier this year. She let the school know her daughter is in a wheelchair and might need special accommodations. Then, she received a voicemail from the school’s president, Sister Camille Anne Campbell.

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Officer in Breonna Taylor Shooting Sued Over Alleged Sexual Assault

A former Kentucky police officer facing criminal charges related to the Breonna Taylor shooting is being sued by a young woman who claims he sexually assaulted her in 2018 while she was intoxicated after giving her a ride home from a bar where he was moonlighting as a security guard.

The lawsuit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court in Louisville on Tuesday alleges former Louisville Metro Police Detective Brett Hankison used his badge and uniform to cultivate a friendship with the 22-year-old woman before he allegedly assaulted her, “leaving her physically injured and mentally battered.”

The lawsuit alleges a pattern of practice by Hankison to target unsuspecting women and contains statements from some of them who allege Hankison offered them rides home from various bars he worked at in Louisville before allegedly making unwanted advances.

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Female LAPD Officer Details Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in Lawsuit

A Los Angeles police officer is suing the city, alleging she was subjected to sexual harassment and belittled as a woman, eventually forcing her out of a coveted position working with the homeless.

Brenda Nix’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit also alleges discrimination and retaliation. She seeks unspecified damages in the suit filed Nov. 2.

“Plaintiff’s male subordinates shunned her, treated her with disrespect and were regularly insubordinate,” the suit alleges.

A representative for the City Attorney’s Office could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday.

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Transgender Youth Sues Arizona Over Changing Birth Certificates After Surgery

Transgender youth should be able to have the correct ID to match their gender identity. “Arizona should not be allowed to require my son to undergo surgery before it recognizes him for who he is.”

PHOENIX, AZ – Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), along with co-counsel Cooley LLP and Osborn Maledon, P.A. filed a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s requirement that transgender people undergo surgery before the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) will correct the sex listed on their birth certificate. That requirement excludes transgender youth from correcting their birth certificates.

The plaintiffs—D.T., Jane Doe, and Helen Roe—are transgender youth who are seeking to correct their birth certificates. Having to use their current, and inaccurate, birth certificates forces them to disclose their transgender status, private information they do not want to share, which causes them serious emotional harm and puts them at risk of discrimination, harassment, and violence.

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Real Estate Agency Redfin Sued Over Alleged Discrimination

A lawsuit filed against real estate firm Redfin alleges that the company’s minimum home price policy discriminates against those living in communities of color in many metropolitan areas. 

“Redlining, and the residential segregation it causes, represents America’s oldest racist and discriminatory real estate policy. The fact that these actions are still occurring, let alone by a major corporation, demonstrates why we need strong civil rights protections now more than ever,” said Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), in a statement. 

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National Black Pro-Life Coalition Sued Planned Parenthood for Racial Discrimination

The National Black Pro-Life Coalition last week filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Planned Parenthood saying the pro-abortion organization targeted Black women and babies for almost half a century.

The pro-life group is asking the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to “investigate and hold Planned Parenthood accountable for their continuing violations of civil rights laws,” especially because their services “have had a tremendously negative and lasting impact on Black women and children – and, overall, the Black family.”

According to Catherine Davis, president of the Restoration Project, Planned Parenthood’s “actions violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which made it illegal for recipients of federal assistance to discriminate on the basis of race.”

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