Social Security Justice in the News

Family files discrimination lawsuit against Detroit Country Day School

An African-American family has filed a discrimination lawsuit in the Eastern District of Michigan against Detroit Country Day School (DCDS), alleging civil rights violations, harassment, corrupt intent and gross negligence based on the student’s race. (Press Release, March 19, 2019)

Ex-Detroit Country Day athlete sues school, alleging racial discrimination

The family of a former two-sport student at Detroit Country Day School is suing the esteemed private institution, alleging racial discrimination and harassment against their son. (The Detroit News, March 19, 2019)

Detroit Country Day School sued for racial discrimination over marijuana allegation

A former Detroit Country Day School football player is suing the prestigious prep school, claiming it discriminated against him because he’s black. (Detroit Free Press, March 19, 2019)

Former student-athlete accuses Detroit Country Day School of racism

A former student at Detroit Country Day School accuses the school of having “a culture of systemic racism” in a new federal civil rights lawsuit. LaNard Graham, Jr.’s family is suing Detroit Country Day, an elite private school in Oakland County. Graham was a senior student-athlete there until 2016. That’s when the Grahams say they were forced to withdraw after he was allegedly caught smoking marijuana with two other students on campus. (Michigan Radio, March 19, 2019)

Family of former star athlete claims racial discrimination at Detroit Country Day

In 2015 and 2016 La Nard Graham, Jr. was a star running back and wide receiver on the Detroit Country Day Football team, until he was accused of smoking marijuana near the elite school grounds and was forced out. (WXYZ, March 19, 2019)

Detroit woman with HIV gets $40K settlement from Dearborn

The city of Dearborn has agreed to pay $40,000 to a Detroit woman who was ticketed by a police officer because she had HIV. Shalandra Jones of Detroit had sued the city of Dearborn in January 2014 after police Officer David Lacey berated her for not telling him earlier in a traffic stop that she had HIV. He expressed concern about contracting a disease, according to a video of the traffic stop in 2012 in the western part of Dearborn. (Detroit Free Press, Sept. 21, 2015)

HIV Positive Man Sues Employer For Discrimination

Our attitudes towards HIV have progressed a lot in the 30 decades since it was first discovered. We know you can’t catch it from touching an infected person. We know it’s not just a disease for gay men and drug users (today, African Americans are the most at-risk group). But prejudice is a stubborn thing. A 26-year-old from Michigan claims that his employer harassed and ultimately fired him for being HIV-positive. Now he’s suing. (AOL, December 23, 2011)