Civil Rights and Legal Issues
The Civil Rights and Legal Issues page offers resources to assist Extension and other higher education professionals comply with federal and state nondiscrimination, affirmation action and equal opportunity laws. Civil Rights and Legal Issues provides a forum for discussions about the social justice issues faced in the higher education communities across the county.
If you are looking for information on creating a Language Access Plan for your institution or organization, please see below.
NIFA Limited English Proficiency Guidance: NIFA_LEP_Guidance_Implementing_Strategy_for_Federally_Assisted_Programs.pdf
You may also view the Language Access Plan that UW has created as a model. Note that this is a draft: LanguageAccessPlan2017_10-20.pdf
Discriminatory Job Postings? What's the Deal? HigherEd Jobs. February 3, 2017
Have you ever noticed job postings that seem to discriminate against a particular group that you thought were protected under anti-discrimination laws?
“My Title IX Inquisition” by Laura Kipnis. The Chronicle Review. January 9, 2017.
“Published the week of the 2016 presidential election, Confronting Racial Bias at Work: Challenges and Solutions for 21st Century Employment Discrimination reviews the systemic barriers impacting workers of color drawing upon academic research, interviews with discrimination lawyers and EEOC officials, and surveys of worker advocates.
The report argues that we must not only reinforce the largely reactive anti-discrimination structure established by law so that it reaches more workers and protects them more effectively, we must also promote proactive systemic solutions to increase the pressures, incentives, and mandates for racially equitable outcomes in employment.”
Some of the Major Federal Employment Discrimination Laws: Diversity in the Workplace & Environmental Protection.ppt
Civil rights for Latinos and Non-Black groups.pdf This Essay discusses a number of obstacles that lie in the way of protecting Latinos and other nonblack minority groups under the cur- rent framework of statutory and constitutional civil rights, including the Thirteenth Amendment. After discussing drawbacks associated with a system of civil rights protection still inflected with the rhetoric and norms of the 1 960s civil rights movement, the Essay closes by arguing that an increasingly multiracial society such as this one needs to develop a broader, more inclusive framework and - with Latinos in mind - sketches one.
Over the next few months, we will be posting excerpts from an essay by Professor John D. Skretny called "Have We Moved Beyond the Civil Rights Revolution?" from the Yale Law Journal.
Abstract: Bruce Ackerman’s account of the Civil Rights Revolution stresses the importance of popular sovereignty and the separation of powers as the basis of constitutional significance. In this view, key spokespersons, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon Johnson, served to provide leadership in the effort to eliminate “institutionalized humiliation” based on racial discrimination. But how well does this account explain the current state of employment civil rights in the U.S.? This essay explores the rise of “racial realism” in American employment relations, where employers see race as a real and significant part of worker identity. Employers see racial difference as something useful that can affect the effectiveness of their organizations. This has two variants: racial abilities, referring to perceptions that workers differ in ability based on their race, and racial signaling, where employers perceive that worker race can
signal different things to customers or members of the public. I explore the use and advocacy of racial realism in a variety of spheres of private and public employment, including at high- and low-skilled levels, and argue that racial realism is a significant departure from Ackerman’s vision because—despite its prominence—it lacks national spokespersons, lacks statutory basis and has very little court authorization, can harm nonwhites, and has never been debated in a public, deliberative forum.
Part 3 of the essay can be found here: Civil Rights Essay Part 3.pdf
Part 2 of the essay can be found here: Civil Rights Essay Part 2.pdf
Part 1 of the essay can be found here: Civil Rights Essay Part 1.pdf
There has been some coverage about workplace bullying on our site under the Workforce Diversity section. For more on that, see here: http://tinyurl.com/mmj6oyk
However, although there is much information on recognizing workforce bullying, there is not as much information on the legal ramifications. For more on that, read this article the-legal-ramifications-of-workplace.pdf by the "Long
Island Business News."
Equal Employment Opportunity
University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Civil Rights Policy Statement
Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Civil Rights Outreach
Extension Tools and Techniques to Establish Civil Rights Contact Goals
On The Issues: Background on Civil Rights
Every Political Leader on Every Issue
Know Your Rights: When Encountering Law Enforcement
American Civil Liberties Union
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