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Racial Discrimination in Schools

Did you know that racial discrimination in schools is a problem many families still have to deal with? Sadly, families of color still need to be on the lookout for signs of discrimination in schools. That is why we at Cueto Law have compiled resources for families.

Racial discrimination in schools can be subtle, which is why we created this free checklist of signs of discrimination.

Click here to download our checklist for free!

Additionally, families should be aware that the first thing to be on the lookout for is students and staff creating a hostile learning environment for your child.

What are the signs of a hostile learning environment?

Most of our clients become aware of a hostile learning environment when their child complains of bullying that school officials do not respond to.

We at Cueto Law have seen cases of children being bullied not only by students but by school staff, creating an environment that encourages the bullies. 

It is unreasonable to expect your child to learn in these conditions, and if the bullying and discrimination are based on your child’s race, then it could be a violation of their civil rights.

What are my legal options?

Schools, as organizations that accept federal money, are legally obligated to comply with all federal civil rights laws. If your child is being bullied because of their race, and the school does not take reasonable actions to stop it, they’re violating your child’s civil rights.

Protected categories under civil rights laws are

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

If any of the bullying is based on your child’s identity in any of these categories, you as a parent have every right to be concerned. 

To learn more about federal laws and bullying, click here!

Free Consultation

We at Cueto Law offer free consultations to all potential clients, and we don’t charge you anything unless we get you a financial settlement. 

If you are struggling with racial discrimination in schools, we want to talk to you about the specifics of your case. Please call us at 618-277-1554 to speak to one of our lawyers.

Bullying Based on Race

Children can be bullied for many reasons, but bullying based on race can be very problematic. It’s important that if your child is being bullied because of their race, their school is taking that seriously. If the school is not taking action, that might be a violation of your child’s civil rights.

Parents and children of color sometimes struggle to get schools to take allegations of racism and bullying seriously. 

Make sure to be on the lookout for common signs of discrimination. Click here to download our free signs of discrimination checklist.

How do you tell, though, if that bullying is violating your child’s civil rights though?

There are some things to be aware of.

Bullying and Civil Rights

oney, have to comply with all federal laws. This includes civil rights laws.

Civil Rights laws require schools take actions to prevent or address bullying if the bullying is based on your child’s

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

If the school does not take action or creates a hostile learning environment, they might be violating your child’s civil rights.

For more information on federal civil rights laws and bullying, click here!

What Can I do?

If you, as a parent, suspect your child is experiencing bullying based on race and their civil rights are being violated, there are steps you can take.

Save all communication you have with the school regarding the bullying or any other matters of discrimination. Take notes during meetings. 

Call us at Cueto Law for a free consultation. We would love to talk to you and can be reached at 618-277-1554. 

My Child Is Being Bullied Because of Their Skin Color

Sadly, children of color commonly feel ostracized at school, especially if they are being bullied because of skin color. Many of your child’s classmates might decide to pick on your child because they look different. However, federal law requires schools to respond to bullying.

Being bullied because of your skin color is never okay, and if your child’s school fails to take action, they might be violating your child’s civil rights. 

Make sure to download our free checklist for signs of discrimination to know what to look for!

What does Bullying have to do With Discrimination?

While there is no federal law that dictates what a school has to do about bullying, there are federal civil rights laws. Schools must comply with those laws as organizations that receive federal money.

If the bullying is based on your child belonging to a protected class and the school does nothing this is a violation of civil rights law.

Bullying based on any of the following could indicate your child’s civil rights are being violated. 

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

For more information on federal civil rights laws and bullying, click here!

What can I do?

If you or your child are seeing evidence of discrimination and bias in not only the students but also the staff, then you might have a case against your district for discrimination.

Download our free discrimination checklist to know what to look for, and call us at 618-277-1554 to discuss the specifics of your case with one of our lawyers for FREE! 

Bullying and Civil Rights

Bullying can be hard for children to deal with and for adults to get a handle on. However, if your school fails to respond to bullying, then the bullying can infringe on your child’s civil rights.  

Children are protected by federal civil rights laws, which means that your child should not lose out on opportunities because of their membership in a protected class, such as, 

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

Schools, as organizations that accept federal money, are legally required to uphold all civil rights laws. 

For more information on federal civil rights laws and bullying, click here!

What do Civil Rights have to do with Bullying?

If the bullying is creating a hostile learning environment and is based on a child belonging to one of the protected classes listed above, then the school is legally required to take action to prevent the bullying. 

These actions can include

  • Counseling Services for bullies and victims
  • Imposing and enforcing rules on cyberbullying
  • Efforts to change school culture 
  • Having and executing clear policies on bullying in the student handbook
  • Other reasonable actions

If the school fails to respond to the bullying or even makes it worse then they are not giving all students equal access to education and violating civil rights laws.

What Can I do?

If your child is being bullied and the school is not taking action to alleviate the situation then they might be violating federal civil rights laws.

Make sure to download our free checklist for signs of discrimination.

Additionally, we recommend that you take notes during all calls and meetings with school officials, as well as saving digital or hard copies of all communication you have with teachers and school staff.

Make sure to call us at Cueto Law at 618-277-1554 for a free consultation to discuss your specific circumstances.

Explaining Fiberglass Contamination to Children

If fiberglass has contaminated your home, then you have a challenging cleaning process ahead of you. It can turn a family’s world upside down. Fiberglass contamination can negatively impact children in the home. 

Fiberglass is a common component in mattresses these days as it makes a good flame retardant. However, Zinus Mattresses have what we at Cueto Law believe to be a design flaw that releases fiberglass into many people’s homes. 

This causes financial, medical, and emotional hardship.

Fiberglass contamination is hard enough if you’re single and live alone. Professional cleaners need to be hired. HVAC systems might need to be replaced, and many of our clients have even had to get treatment for medical problems caused by fiberglass. 

The worst of all however is explaining fiberglass contamination to children. 

How can Fiberglass Contamination Affect Children?

Children can be affected by fiberglass contamination in two ways, emotionally and medically. 

The most important step to take is to ensure your children are healthy. Exposure to fiberglass can cause 

  • Rashes on skin
  • Eye irritation
  • Soreness of the nose and throat
  • Stomach irritation
  • Bronchitis and Asthma from long-term exposure

For more information on fiberglass from Illinois state please click here. 

If you are concerned about your child’s health contact your pediatrician.

What about Emotionally?

Many of our clients have reported their children struggling with what has happened to their homes. Children can become emotionally distressed due to having to move to temporary housing and having to throw away treasured items.

During the cleaning process families have to throw away all soft belongings. This includes items such as 

  • Toys 
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Baby Blankets
  • Upholstered Furniture
  • Carpets/Rugs
  • Clothes
  • Drapes/Curtains 
  • And much more

Many of our client’s children have lost sleep because they’ve loved a beloved stuffed animal or blanket. 

What do I tell my children?

The best way to handle this situation is, to be honest with your children. Don’t give them more details than they can understand but be clear and sympathetic about what happened.

Use child-friendly language to explain that small pieces of glass got all over their toys and that keeping them can be dangerous. 

Apologize and sympathize with them, but do not get upset and sad yourself. If children see you becoming emotional it might make them feel unsafe. Experts instead suggest that when children get upset, you be a safe calm place for them to come back to, a refugee from their emotions. 

If they continued to struggle with emotions beyond the norm in this situation seek professional help. Many of our adult clients struggle with fiberglass contamination, and it can be even harder for children.

What do I do about the cost?

We at Cueto Law do not believe you should be forced to pay for the mistakes of Zinus LLC. That is why we are working with many other affected families with getting financial compensation.

Keep receipts for all associate expenses such as,

  • Medical bills
  • Professional Cleaning
  • Replacing Soft Items 
    • Clothing
    • Bedding
    • Towels
    • Upholstered furniture 
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Soft toys
    • And More
  • Temporary Housing
  • Vet Bills
  • And More

And if you have pets, don’t forget to contact your vet about fiberglass exposure. Click here to learn more!

To join our fight for justice, call Cueto Law at 618-277-1554 for a free consultation!

Help! I own a Zinus Mattress

Do you own a Zinus mattress or another fiberglass mattress? Then you could have brought a hazard into your home masquerading as a soft place to rest! 

Zinus mattresses are made with fiberglass. Fiberglass is sometimes used by manufacturers as a fire retardant, but Zinus LLC has created a mattress that we at Cueto Law believe is defectively designed.

The design of the mattress has caused many consumers’ homes to be contaminated by the fiberglass from their mattresses. 

When consumers removed the zippable mattress cover to wash it, fiberglass was released into their homes.

What is the problem with Fiberglass?

Fiberglass can cause health problems and the destruction of property. 

Families who have suffered from fiberglass contamination have to throw out anything they own that can be soft and have even had to pay to have their homes professionally cleaned. 

They have to pay large sums of money to replace these items, including medical bills.

Common health concerns include

  • Rashes on skin
  • Eye irritation
  • Soreness of the nose and throat
  • Stomach irritation
  • Bronchitis and Asthma from long-term exposure

For more information on fiberglass from Illinois state please click here.

What if I own a Zinus Mattress?

If you own a Zinus mattress that has not contaminated your home with fiberglass, we do not recommend throwing it away.

Disposing of the mattress could be throwing away evidence and could cost you the chance of getting compensated.

You can still be part of the lawsuit against Zinus, which is why we do not recommend throwing the mattress away. 

Do not remove the zippable cover!

Instead, you should cease using the mattress and wrap it with tape and heavy plastic. Plainly mark your Zinus Mattress as a hazard so no one accidentally uses it.

Additionally keep any proof of purchase, such as invoices and receipts.

And if it starts leaking?

Check the wrapping you put on the mattress regularly to make sure children or pets have not disturbed it. 

Be aware that even if you do not unzip the cover your home can still become contaminated. In the event that does happen, you can download our free checklist on how to deal with fiberglass contamination.

Click here to download.

Regardless of if your Zinus mattress has contaminated your home or not, make sure to call Cueto Law at 618-277-1554 to join our fight to hold mattress companies accountable for the damage they’ve caused! 

Glitter or Glass?

Have you noticed a strange glitter-like substance all over your home? Does your family’s skin itch or are you coughing? Well, we hate to be the ones to tell you this, but that’s not glitter. It’s glass! 

If your home is covered in tiny bits of glass that sparkle like glitter, that’s a clear sign that your home has been contaminated by fiberglass. 

Click here to download our free checklist for dealing with fiberglass contamination!

What is Fiberglass?

Fiberglass is small, almost microscopic, piece of glass that many manufacturers use as a fire retardant. It’s so small many people mistake the shards of glass for glitter.

How did it get into my home?

The most common source of fiberglass contamination we hear about here at Cueto Law is from fiberglass mattresses. 

Zinus is the most well-known mattress brand with fiberglass in it. Our clients experienced contamination when the zippable cover of their mattress was removed or damaged. 

However, any mattress with fiberglass poses a risk to your health. 

We are currently accepting clients who have been harmed by their Zinus mattress or any other brand.

Are there health concerns?

When you first discover that glass masquerading as glitter, you might be concerned about touching it or breathing it in. And you should be!

Prolonged exposure can lead to many many different medical problems, including 

  • Rashes on skin
  • Eye irritation
  • Soreness of the nose and throat
  • Stomach irritation
  • Bronchitis and Asthma from long term exposure

For more information on fiberglass from Illinois state please click here.

The only way to minimize the risks and make your home safe to live in again is to decontaminate it, which can involve hiring professional cleaners and replacing ventilation systems. 

Also, keep in mind that fiberglass can be hazardous to your pets as well. Make sure to call your vet!

Is it expensive to clean?

Yes, and just like glitter, fiberglass has a knack for getting everywhere. 

Professional cleaners are not cheap, and expenses can be burdensome. That is why we at Cueto Law are fighting to get our clients compensation for what we believe to be design flaws in these bed-in-the-box mattresses. 

Make sure to keep records of all your expenses and save receipts!

Common Expenses include

  • Medical bills
  • Professional Cleaning
  • Replacing Soft Items 
    • Clothing
    • Bedding
    • Towels
    • Upholstered furniture 
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Soft toys
    • And More
  • Temporary Housing
  • Vet Bills
  • And More

Where do I start?

The process of decontaminating your home can be cumbersome and difficult. Many of our clients find it overwhelming. 

That is why we at Cueto Law made a free checklist that is available to anyone, not just our clients. 

Click here to get your copy!

While it downloads, isolate the mattress to prevent further leakage of glass into your home, and make sure to call us at 618-277-1554 to join the fight to get compensation!

Help! Fiberglass is in my Home

Have you just discovered small glitter-like pieces of glass all over your home? Is your family complaining of being itchy? Did you recently wash a mattress cover? Sadly, it sounds like your home has been contaminated with fiberglass, and your mattress might be the cause. 

Your bed is supposed to be a place of sanctuary, somewhere to rest and relax. However, if you purchased a Zinus mattress you might have purchased a bed of nightmares. 

Zinus mattresses contain a substance known as fiberglass. Many companies use fiberglass to meet fire retardant manufacturing standards. The fiberglass is never meant to be noticed by the consumer. However, due to what we at Cueto Law believe to be a serious design flaw, many Zinus mattresses contaminate people’s homes with fiberglass.

By simply unzipping a mattress cover to wash, our clients unknowingly unleash glass all over their homes, causing serious risks to their health.

Risks to Your Health

If your home is contaminated with fiberglass you need to contact your health care provider immediately. 

Prolonged exposure can lead to many many different medical problems, including 

  • Rashes on skin
  • Eye irritation
  • Soreness of the nose and throat
  • Stomach irritation
  • Bronchitis and Asthma from long term exposure

For more information on fiberglass from Illinois state please click here.

The only way to minimize the risks and make your home safe to live in again is to decontaminate it, which can involve hiring professional cleaners and replacing ventilation systems. 

Also, keep in mind that fiberglass can be hazardous to your pets as well. Make sure to call your vet!

Financial Cost

These small invisible pieces of glass can settle over everything you own, and look like tiny pieces of sparkling glitter. Many of these belongings cannot be cleaned.

A lot of our clients have had to throw away and replace everything soft, including upholstered furniture, bedding, towels, clothes, rugs, children’s toys, and pet beds. 

If your mattress has contaminated your home, make sure to keep track of all associated expenses. These can include:

  • Medical bills
  • Professional Cleaning
  • Replacing Soft Items 
    • Clothing
    • Bedding
    • Towels
    • Upholstered furniture 
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Soft toys
    • And More
  • Temporary Housing
  • Vet Bills
  • And More

How do I handle this?

We at Cueto Law want to help you navigate the process of decontaminating your home. That is why we made this free checklist available to everyone, not just our clients.

Download it to learn the steps to decontaminate your home and what expenses and receipts you’ll need to save!

Click here to download.

While you wait for it to download, we recommend isolating your mattress to prevent more fiberglass from leaking out. 

Make sure to keep our checklist on hand as you go through the decontamination process, to make sure you don’t forget any vital steps. And call us at 618-277-1554 for a free consultation on your legal options!

Fiberglass and Your Health

Sleep is supposed to support your health. Some experts call it the most important part of a healthy life-style, but if your mattress contains fiberglass it can damage your health. 

Fiberglass is small, almost invisible pieces of glass. Many mattresses contain fiberglass these days, as manufacturers use it for its fire retardant properties. However, if it is released into your home, fiberglass can put you and your family’s health at risk. 

Zinus is the most well known mattress brand with fiberglass in it. If the zipable cover becomes removed or damaged, many of our client’s homes become contaminated.

However, any mattress with fiberglass poses a risk to your health.

Risks to Your Health

If fiberglass contaminates your home, you need to contact your health care provider immediately. 

Prolonged exposure can lead to many many different medical problems, including 

  • Rashes on skin
  • Eye irritation
  • Soreness of the nose and throat
  • Stomach irritation
  • Bronchitis and Asthma from long term exposure

For more information on fiberglass from Illinois state please click here.

The only way to minimize the risks and make your home safe to live in again, is to decontaminate it, which can involve hiring professional cleaners and replacing ventilation systems. 

Also keep in mind that fiberglass can be hazardous to your pets as well. Click here to learn more. 

Mental Health Nightmare

Fiberglass can also turn your mental health and entire home upside down. 

These small invisible pieces of glass can settle over everything you own, and look like tiny pieces of sparkling glitter. Many of these belongings cannot be cleaned.

A lot of our clients have had to throw away and replace everything soft, including upholstered furniture, bedding, towels, clothes, rugs, children’s toys, and pet beds. 

If your mattress has contaminated your home, make sure to keep track of all associated expenses. These can include:

  • Medical bills
  • Professional Cleaning
  • Replacing Soft Items 
    • Clothing
    • Bedding
    • Towels
    • Upholstered furniture 
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Soft toys
    • And More
  • Temporary Housing
  • Vet Bills
  • And More

How can Cueto Law Help?

Cueto Law wants to help you get justice. We believe these mattresses have design flaws that have caused you damage and upset your life. You do not deserve to be left paying for their mistakes. 

We want to help you regardless of what mattress brand contaminated your home. Our firm has received complaints from clients about many different kinds of mattresses, and are currently seeking ways to help all of them.

We would love to have you as a client. Please visit our website for more information or call us at 618-277-1554.

Your Mattress Can Ruin Precious Belongings

Does your child have a special toy that means the world to them? Is it soft? Can they not sleep without it? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you need to go check the components of your mattress because fiberglass could contaminate your home ruining precious belongings.

Fiberglass is a common component in mattresses these days, due to its fire-retardant properties. However, many consumers’ homes become contaminated with fiberglass, due to what we believe to be design flaws. 

Fiberglass is small pieces of glass that are almost invisible to the naked eye. It might look like glitter covering your home and belongings, including your child’s favorite toys.

What are the health concerns?

Exposure to fiberglass can be hazardous to your health.

Common damage Fiberglass causes include:

  • Rashes on skin
  • Eye irritation
  • Soreness of the nose and throat
  • Stomach irritation
  • Bronchitis and Asthma from long term exposure

For more information on fiberglass from Illinois state please click here

If fiberglass has been released into your home, contact your doctor immediately.

How Do I Get Rid of It?

Once fiberglass is in your home, it is very difficult to get rid of. Expensive professional cleaners have to be hired, belongings have to be thrown out, and sometimes HVAC systems even need to be replaced.

If your home becomes contaminated, keep records of all your expenses. Common expenses include things like,

  • Medical bills
  • Professional Cleaning
  • Replacing Soft Items 
    • Clothing
    • Bedding
    • Towels
    • Upholstered furniture 
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Soft toys
    • And More
  • Replacing HVAC Systems
  • Temporary Housing
  • Vet Bills
  • And More

Sadly many of our clients have had to throw out their precious belongings, including toys and blankets loved by children, uprooting their lives and causing great distress, all because of their mattresses.

How Can I get Justice for my Family?

If your home has been contaminated with fiberglass from your mattress, you have several legal options.

The most well-known mattress made with fiberglass is from Zinus, Inc. Cueto Law is currently accepting clients who have been impacted by fiberglass mattresses from any company.

We are here to help you explore your legal options, regardless of the mattress brand. 

Cueto Law is accepting clients who have been harmed by Zinus mattresses or a mattress of any brand. Call our offices at 618-277-1554 and visit our website for more information.