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Post date: January 19 2015

Statement From A.G. Schneiderman In Commemoration Of Martin Luther King Day

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day:

“My office is deeply committed to the essential Constitutional principle of equal protection under the law, and to assuring that no New Yorker must suffer through violations of their civil rights in silence. Every day there is more work to be done to move the needle of progress forward, but in that work there is a time and place to pause and reflect upon our victories. In the spirit of the important work carried out by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., my office is proud to have vigorously protected basic human rights in our state and will continue to fight for justice and equality every day.”

In the past four years, Attorney General Schneiderman has obtained close to 100 civil rights settlements and secured close to $6 million in penalties through those efforts. The work of the Attorney General’s office had a statewide impact, helping defend the rights of New Yorkers across the state. Among those many landmark victories, the Attorney General has:

  • Operated a statewide Election Day Hotline and fielded hundreds of complaints from voters concerning barriers to the ballot box.
  • Secured agreement with Syracuse School District to address racial disparities and disciplinary policies that contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • Filed a federal lawsuit against Evans Bank, alleging that Evans redlined Buffalo’s predominantly African-American neighborhood.
  • Obtained settlements with national retailers, including Bed, Bath & Beyond and Party City, over automatic disqualification of job applicants on the basis of criminal history.
  • Secured agreements with two nationwide retailers, Macy’s and Barney’s, to address racial profiling of minority customers.
  • Worked with major sports leagues, including the NFL, MLB and MLS, to strengthen policies concerning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The Civil Rights Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office is committed to protecting all New Yorkers from unlawful discrimination. To file a civil rights complaint, contact the Attorney General’s Office at (212) 416-8250 or civil.rights@ag.ny.gov. You can also learn more about the work of the Civil Rights Bureau on the Office of Attorney General’s website here.

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