A former honors student who attended NYU’s dental school sued the academic institution claiming that she had to meet a $38,000 quota in clinical work in order to earn her degree, in addition to having to invest in more classes to graduate. Katie Kickertz, 28 years old, was the former student and is now licensed to be a dentist in Illinois. Her lawsuit was won in order for NYU to honor and recognizer her BA and dentist degree. While the court case was going on, she got a BA from Purdue University and a dental degree from Illinois University. She got her license in October 2012 with plans to practice in Illinois. The Manhattan appellate court which decided in her favor found that the school’s treatment of the student “shocks the conscience.” According to Kickertz’s attorney, Jeffrey K. Brown, “Katie was tortured and tormented by NYU for 2 1/2 years…This case is about standing up to bullies, and Katie was bullied by NYU.” See full article:

The case above reminds the reader of the importance of civil rights and its role in the everyday workplace. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people from racial, sexual, or religious discrimination. In order to file a claim, a charge may be made by mail or in person at the nearest EEOC office. As a time limit, all charges must be filed with EEOC within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation, in order to protect the charging party’s rights.   This 180-day filing deadline is extended to 300 days if the charge also is covered by a state or local anti-discrimination law. The information which must be provided is:
I.    The complaining party’s name, address, and telephone number;
II.    The name, address, and telephone number of the respondent employer, employment agency, or union that is alleged to have discriminated, and number of employees III.    A short description of the alleged violation (the event that caused the complaining party to believe that his or her rights were violated); and
IV.    The date(s) of the alleged violation(s).
See: http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html

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