/Civil Rights

The Latest #MeToo News from South Korea

August 02, 2018

'My life is not your porn': South Korea's war against spy cameras and sexual harassment Community cam-hunter squads now conduct electronic sweeps of public spaces It has been an excruciatingly hot summer in South Korea, but those heading to the beach or the swimming pool to relax may find themselves burned by something else - [read more]

Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Illegal

February 27, 2018

2018 marks the start (or a long-overdue start) of recognizing and extending civil rights protection to all persons, regardless of his/her sexual orientation. Finding that sexual orientation discrimination is illegal, on February 26, 2018, a Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in New York in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc. et al., ruled, en banc (10-3), that a federal civil rights law under Title VII, which bans sex discrimination and bias in the workplace, extends to gay employees.

End of Money Bail in California?

October 25, 2017

On October 24, 2017, a workgroup established by the California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to study California’s bail system issued a report, recommending that California’s current money bail system should be replaced with a risk-based assessment and supervision program when determining whether a charged defendant should be in jail before he/she goes trial. This recommendation is based on a view that the current money bail system unfairly and unnecessarily compromises “a person’s liberty on financial resources rather than the likelihood of future criminal behavior,” the report said. “If adopted, the reforms envisioned in these recommendations will make major and dramatic changes to California’s criminal justice system.”

Defending the Innocent against False Rape Claims

October 15, 2017

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment and sexual assault scandal, more and more women are coming out of the woodwork with stories of humiliating and horrifying encounters of unwanted sexual advances and/or sexual assault. The Internet is flooded with such stories. Stemming from casual encounters to long-term relationships, women victims are speaking up against their male perpetrators. But are all of their stories true?