A black woman lawyer and her family are suing the state of Florida for failing to hire them because of a discriminatory hiring process that barred them from pursuing criminal cases.
The suit claims that the Department of Law Enforcement (DLE) failed to consider their race when hiring lawyers for cases that involve black victims of domestic violence, as well as the mentally ill, drug addicts, and people with mental illnesses.
According to the suit, Florida’s criminal justice system is disproportionately burdened by racial disparities, especially in the criminal justice community, with an overrepresentation of African-American men and a disproportionate representation of African Americans.
The DLE is a division of the Florida Department of Justice, which handles criminal justice cases, but the suit claims the agency was also biased against the family.
“The DOJ has a long history of racial discrimination and discriminatory hiring practices,” the suit reads.
“It has consistently refused to hire and supervise the same race of people in its criminal justice workforce.”
The family’s attorneys say the DLE has failed to take action against a racial disparity that “will create more racial and ethnic tensions that will exacerbate the already-escalating problem of police brutality against African Americans.”
The lawsuit is the latest in a wave of lawsuits brought by African Americans against the state and other states, as the number of black Americans incarcerated in state prisons continues to grow.
According the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), more than 6,000 cases of police misconduct have been filed in the last year against Florida, including more than 2,000 lawsuits.
Florida has also come under fire for its lack of transparency and accountability in the way it handles the criminal prosecution of black men.
A 2015 report from the ACLU found that Florida’s system of prosecuting black men in state prison was biased against black defendants.
the report, the state’s criminal court system is not as transparent as its criminal court in other states.
This means defendants may not be able to establish probable cause and prosecutors are unable to establish whether a crime occurred or was committed.
Additionally, the ACLU reported that state courts and prosecutors often failed to review evidence that could be used to secure a conviction.
The group also found that black defendants in Florida face disproportionate sentences compared to white defendants.