Hispanic Students and Discrimination

Ideally, Hispanic students wouldn’t face discrimination, but sadly we don’t live in that world yet. Maybe someday, but in the meantime, we at Cueto Law recommend that parents be practical and take steps to hold guilty parties accountable. If your child is facing discrimination as a Hispanic student, you should know it’s against the law.

Did you know that if a school is discriminating against Hispanic students, it’s breaking the law and violating civil rights?

The best thing to do is to support your child emotionally and document the discrimination to hold the school accountable. 

What to document

We at Cueto Law recommend you document all instances of discrimination. 

Discrimination can look like

  • Not providing translation services
  • Giving grades that don’t match the effort
  • Ignoring IEPs
  • Excessive and Frequent Discipline 
  • Not preventing bullying
  • And more

For a complete list, click here to download our Free Signs of Discrimination Checklist. 

Documentation can look like taking notes during meetings, a log of bullying that goes unaddressed, student work, and more. 

Additionally, keep track of all expenses you incur because of the discrimination. This can include replacing any destroyed property or medical bills, including from mental health professionals. 

What does the Law say?

The federal government knows Hispanic students should not have to face discrimination. That is why we have federal civil rights laws in this country. 

As organizations that accept federal money, schools must comply with those civil rights laws. That makes it illegal to discriminate against members of a protected class.

Protected classes include

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Orientation 
  • Religion
  • Ethnicity
  • Disability
  • National Origin
  • And More

If the discrimination in school is based on your child being a member of a protected class, then they’re violating your child’s civil rights.

For more information, click here.

Should I call a lawyer?

Yes. A lawyer can go over the specifics of your case and give your more tailor-made advice. That is why we at Cueto Law offer free consultations.

You can talk to one of our lawyers for free about what your child is experiencing. To set up an appointment, call us at 618-277-1554.

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