Thursday, February 2, 2023

City National Bank Settles $31 Million After Discriminating Against Black and Latino Neighborhoods

The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a $31 million settlement with City National Bank, based in Los Angeles, California, in a historical housing discrimination case. This settlement is the most significant redlining case investigated by the Justice Department. Redlining is a longstanding set of policies and practices prohibiting banks from approving mortgages for people […]

L.A. City Councilman De Leon Refuses to Resign Amidst Uproar of Leaked Recordings

Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin De Leon said he would not resign amid an uproar over a leaked recording of Latino officials making crude, racist remarks and plotting to expand their political power. The scandal has already led to the resignation of City Council President, Nury Martinez, to resign from her position. De Leon told […]

Tensions High in Los Angeles Following the Leaked Recording of City Council Members Making Racists Remarks

With the help of cross-cultural coalitions in Los Angeles politics, Black and Latino politicians in Los Angles have made it to top leadership roles in the racially diverse city. Unfortunately, with the leaked recording of the City Council President making racist comments about their Black peers, political tension exists between the two communities. Nury Martinez, […]

Latina Ethnic Scholar and Professor Calls for Academic Change and Diversifying Efforts in Academia

One of the country’s leading scholars, Lorgia García-Peña, discloses in a new book the harassment and “institutional violence” she faced while working as a faculty member at Harvard University. Garcia-Peña’s book, “Community as Rebellion: A Syllabus for Surviving Academia as a Woman of Color,” describes her experience working at a predominantly white university and highlights […]

Migrant Worker Awarded $650,000 in Damages After a Win in Retaliation Case

This week, a federal jury in Boston ruled that Tara Construction retaliated against a migrant worker by reporting him to immigration officials. They attempted to get him deported after getting severely injured on the job. The court awarded the man $650,000 in damages.  José Martin Paz Flores, 42, was recovering from surgery after falling off […]

DOJ Settles with UPS Over Discrimination Claims Against Migrant Workers

This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had reached a settlement with UPS over discrimination claims against migrants. It is alleged that UPS discriminated against a migrant worker by asking him to present additional documents proving that he was allowed to work in the U.S. The DOJ conducted an investigation, which found […]

New report takes a deeper look at how Latinos experience discrimination in the U.S.

Latinos with darker skin tones are more likely than those with lighter skin to say they’ve been discriminated against, according to a new national poll by the Pew Research Center. A new report out today takes a deeper look at how Latinos experience discrimination in the U.S. In Leyda Diaz’s family, there’s a diversity in […]

Wells Fargo accused of discriminatory practices against Latinos and African Americans

According to a federal lawsuit that cites former employees, Wells Fargo discriminated against black and Latino homebuyers in Sacramento, California, by pushing them into more expensive mortgages than white borrowers. “Wells Fargo’s discriminatory lending practices place vulnerable, underserved borrowers in loans they cannot afford,” said the lawsuit, which was filed Friday. The city of Sacramento […]

Supreme Court Hears Case for Voting Rights Act Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week involving the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Section 5 of the Act is being challenged by Shelby County, Alabama, saying that the provision was necessary in 1695 when there was voter suppression to African Americans, but that discrimination is “non-existent today.” Supporters of the protection of the Voting […]

Texas Redistricting Discriminates Against Latinos, Federal Judges Rule

Texas statewide redistricting plans were overturned Tuesday by federal district court judges in Washington D.C., providing credence to the charge that the plans discriminates against Latino voters. The state was seeking preclearance under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This section requires lawmakers to get approval from the federal government before enacting laws based on the state’s […]