30-day sentence fuels debate in Rutgers anti-gay bias case

Judge Glenn Berman ordered Dharun Ravi to spend 30 days in jail for spying with a webcam on his gay Rutgers University roommate, Tyler Clementi, who killed himself days later.  Clementi threw himself from the George Washington Bridge.  The maximum sentence for the crime that was motivated by anti-gay bias Ravi is a 10-year term.  The sentence did little to settle the debate over whether Ravi should have faced bias crime charges that are normally reserved for violent assault or murder.  Steven Goldstein of Garden State Equality said although the gay rights group had not called for the maximum, it felt Ravi’s punishment was far too light. “This was not merely a childhood prank gone awry,” he said. “This was not a crime without bias.”  Full article.
Under United States law, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not enforce the protections that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.  Many gays and lesbians experience discrimination and sometime harassment in the workplace.  To date, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html.

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