Indianapolis, IN

Civil Rights Commission won't act on housing-discrimination complaint

October 18, 2005
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission has said it won't act on a housing-discrimination complaint filed in February against New Albany residents opposed to a subdivision proposed for Linden Street.
     In a letter sent to residents last Friday, the commission wrote that the complaint did not provide the "more specific information in regard to particular acts" of discrimination required to support it. The complaint was filed by John Miller, executive director of the subdivision's nonprofit developer, the Community Housing Development Organization. The subdivision is envisioned as a way to provide affordable housing to low-income residents.

Complaint claims bias against disabled golfer

September 16, 2004
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission is investigating a complaint that the Perry Meridian Middle School boys golf coach discriminated against a disabled member of the team.
     The complaint, filed by Renee Schoettle, alleges the coach didn't give her son, Andrew, an equal opportunity to play in a match after he made the team in 2003.
     The complaint also claims coach Chad Cripe purposely ignored Andrew at team practices while offering individual instruction to the other players.

Indiana sued over license requirements

September 05, 2002
The Indiana Civil Liberties Union has sued the Bureau of Motor Vehicles over its tougher requirements for getting a driver's license. 
      The suit, filed last week in Marion County Superior Court, claims the new policy violates the state and U.S. constitutions by determining who is and who is not a legal Indiana resident, which is a federal responsibility. 
     ''The prior requirements were designed so that people who got licenses had to provide documentation to prove who they were. The new rules shifted that to an immigration check,'' said ICLU attorney Ken Falk. 

Law delineating landlord, tenant roles progresses

February 25, 2002
Rep. John Day, D-Indianapolis, took up the fight to define landlord-tenant rights 26 years ago.
     When he was elected in 1976, he already had heard all the horror stories -- evictions without notice, tenant discrimination and substandard living conditions.  
     Ever since, Day and other housing advocates have pushed state lawmakers to outline the basic duties of landlords and tenants. Each legislative session, they have been opposed by apartment owners and the business community. 

Adoption discrimination claim nixed

August 20, 2000
A discrimination lawsuit filed by a man who claimed he was not allowed to adopt a 9-year-old girl because he is gay has been dropped by the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.
      Craig Peterson had alleged in a federal lawsuit filed in January that Bruce Stansberry, director of Madison County's Division of Family and Children, stopped Peterson from adopting the girl because of a public outcry against adoption by homosexuals.
      But Sean Lemieux, an ICLU attorney, said that interviews with child welfare officials convinced him that they had followed appropriate procedures when Peterson sought to adopt the girl in 1998.
      During pretrial interviews, the lawyers found that the girl had been evaluated by two psychologists who determined she would be harmed if forced to live with a gay man, Lemieux said. The child also appeared to be influenced by her foster parents, who have said homosexuality is sinful, he said.

Indiana prison employees said racist

April 26, 2000
The Indiana State Police has refuted a report that alleges a group of white supremacist prison employees used violence and racial epithets to intimidate inmates and their colleagues.
     A state police investigation found no evidence that such a group exists, said Mel Carraway, the police agency's superintendent.
     But a 2½-year study by DePauw University's Russell J. Compton Center for Peace and Justice released Tuesday claims a racist group called the Brotherhood has operated for the past decade at Putnamville Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison about 40 miles west of Indianapolis.

Religious sign off complaint filed

November 10, 1999
A woman has filed a federal complaint against her employer after she was ordered to stop saying "have a blessed day" at work.
    Liz Anderson, an office coordinator at USF Logistics, lodged a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission on Tuesday, saying it was the only way to protect her religious freedom.
    "You never know when the Lord is going to call on you to be his servant, to be a tool, to be a vessel," Anderson said. "I'm just trying to stay focused on the original situation, and that is that I want to be able to say, 'Have a blessed day,' without the threat of being fired."


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