Settlement in Title VI Retaliation Matter with the Florida State Courts System
Justice Department Obtains Settlement in Title VI Retaliation Matter with the Florida State Courts System
A Florida woman will receive $160,000 in damages after the Justice Department investigated and found that the Florida State Courts terminated an employee who assisted a limited English proficient (LEP) court user with an interpreter request and because she assisted an advocate who filed a Justice Department Title VI complaint about language access services.
The DOJ says, “The settlement resolves the Justice Department’s finding that the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida retaliated against the former employee in violation of Title VI, which prohibits race, color or national origin discrimination by recipients of federal financial assistance and prohibits retaliation against individuals who engage in Title VI protected activity, such as filing a complaint or participating in an investigation. The department concluded that the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida unlawfully terminated the employee for assisting a limited English proficient (LEP) court user with an interpreter request and for assisting an advocate who filed a Justice Department Title VI complaint about language access services”.
Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division stated, “This settlement sends a message that those who speak up for fundamental civil rights — like the right of meaningful access to our judicial system — must be able to do so without fear of reprisal. The Civil Rights Division will continue to vigorously investigate allegations of retaliation against individuals who courageously stand up to hold others accountable for compliance with the laws we enforce. I commend the Florida State Courts System for committing to address this unlawful retaliation and prevent its recurrence.”
Florida State Courts are required to implement anti-retaliation policies, training and pay $160,000 in damages to the former employee who was unlawfully terminated.
Additional information about the Civil Rights Division is available on its website at http://www.justice.gov/crt, and information about limited English proficiency and Title VI is available at http://www.lep.gov. Members of the public may report possible civil rights violations at https://civilrights.justice.gov/report/.
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