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ACLU Settles Suit Against N. Smithfield Police for Falsely Labeling Resident “Unstable,” “Dangerous”

Posted: Nov 21, 2019 |Category: Active Case Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Open Government Police Practices

The ACLU of Rhode Island today announced the favorable settlement of a federal lawsuit filed last year on behalf of North Smithfield resident Jason Richer, challenging the police department’s refusal to remove from its files a note falsely claiming that he was “dangerous,” “psychologically unstable,” and had numerous weapons at his house.

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Lawsuit Settled Against Harmony Fire District Over Alleged Sex-Discriminatory Firings

Posted: Nov 20, 2019 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Discrimination Gender Discrimination Women's Rights Workplace Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced the settlement of a pair of sex discrimination lawsuits it had filed in 2016 on behalf of two female EMT/firefighters who alleged that the Harmony Fire District in Glocester had terminated them from their jobs because of concerns they had raised about differential treatment between male and female firefighters.

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ACLU Files Brief Challenging Federal Immigration Mandates on Receipt of Law Enforcement Funds

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration Police Practices

The ACLU has filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of a legal challenge brought by the cities of Providence and Central Falls to a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) policy conditioning the receipt of federal law enforcement funds on municipal collaboration with immigration officials.

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Barrington Sues Student for Challenging Unlawful School Suspension; Seeks Award of Fees

Posted: Oct 31, 2019 |Category: Active Case Free Speech Right to Petition & Protest Students' Rights Youth Rights

In what the ACLU of Rhode Island calls an “outrageous and shameful” attack on one of its own students, the Barrington School Committee has filed a lawsuit in R.I. Superior Court against a middle school student who successfully challenged before the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) his three-day out-of-school suspension.

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Class Action Suit Charges RI Dept of Corrections with “Inhumane” Rights Violations

Posted: Oct 25, 2019 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Criminal Justice Discrimination Rights of the Disabled

Disability Rights Rhode Island (DRRI, formerly the R.I. Disability Law Center) and attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project (ACLU) and its Rhode Island Affiliate (ACLU-RI), today filed a federal class action lawsuit against the R.I. Department of Corrections (RIDOC) alleging multiple constitutional violations of the rights of prisoners with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI).

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Lawsuit Over Ban on Non-Profit Legal Organizations Assisting Non-Indigent Clients Resolved

Posted: Oct 22, 2019 |Category: Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Free Speech Right to Petition & Protest

The R.I. Supreme Court has favorably revised a court rule that had prohibited non-profit legal organizations from representing indigent clients.

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Lawsuit Over Food Stamp Benefit Delays Caused by UHIP Computer Debacle Finally Ends

Posted: Oct 17, 2019 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process

The ACLU of RI's almost three-year-old lawsuit that challenged the widespread failure of the state Department of Human Services to timely provide SNAP food stamp benefits to needy families has finally concluded.

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