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Court denies human rights law to NY students


The New York State Court Of Appeals ruled last week that the state’s students cannot use The New York Human Rights Law— which prohibits discrimination based on “age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex or marital status”– to get recognition of discrimination or get financial compensation for such discrimination, the Huffington Post reports. Both districts argued that the public schools aren’t “an education corporation or association,” as listed for protection under the Human Rights Law. Rather, they argued, public schools are classified as “public corporations,” and are therefore exempt. Students at New York private schools can still use the New York Human Rights Law. Last year, 11 civil rights groups— Advocates for Children of New York, the Anti-Defamation League, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Disability Advocates, Empire State Pride Agenda, GLSEN, the Ithaca Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Task Force, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, the NYCLU and PFLAG– filed a friend-of-the-court brief describing the importance of protecting the state’s public students with the Human Rights Law…

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