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Case Name Premi v. City of New York ED-NY-0012
Docket / Court 1:09-cv-02348 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
On June 2, 2009, a high school student of the Sikh faith filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York under the Civil Rights Act (42 U.S.C § 1983). The action was brought against the city of New York and the New York Department of Education. The Plaintiff was ... read more >
On June 2, 2009, a high school student of the Sikh faith filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York under the Civil Rights Act (42 U.S.C § 1983). The action was brought against the city of New York and the New York Department of Education. The Plaintiff was represented by The Sikh Coalition. Little information can be found on this case due to the August 21, 2009 order granted by the District Court (Magistrate Viktor V. Pohorelsky), which sealed most of the documents including the original complaint.

Information found on The Sikh Coalition's website describes how the plaintiff alleges that he was the victim of constant bullying at his high school on the basis of his faith. Specifically, the Coalition describes an instance where the plaintiff was punched in the face by a student who also attempted to remove the plaintiff's turban. A teacher was apparently in the room when this occurred.

On March 17, 2010, the District Court (Senior Judge Frederic Block) dismissed the case based on a settlement reached between the two parties. The settlement resulted in injunctive relief where the school district agreed to: develop lesson plans to discuss bias generally and against Sikhs specifically; discuss the school system's legal obligation to stop discrimination with school staff and security; and designate an individual at the high school to whom bias and harassment can be reported. More information about the settlement can be found on the Sikh Coalition's website and in the bullying verdicts section of the website publicjustice.net.

Patrick Branson - 10/02/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) City of New York
New York Department of Education
Plaintiff Description Sikh high school student.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts
By: Michael Rebell (Columbia University, and Campaign for Educational Equity)
Citation: (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:09-cv-02348 (E.D.N.Y.) 03/17/2010
ED-NY-0012-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulation and Order of Settlement and Discontinuance 03/18/2010 (2010 WL 1707744) (E.D.N.Y.)
ED-NY-0012-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Block, Frederic (E.D.N.Y.)
ED-NY-0012-9000
Pohorelsky, Viktor V. (E.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
ED-NY-0012-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bhalla, Amardeep Singh (New York)
ED-NY-0012-9000
Grewal, Gurbir (New York)
ED-NY-0012-0001 | ED-NY-0012-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cardozo, Michael A. (New York)
ED-NY-0012-0001
Weber, Steven Douglas (New York)
ED-NY-0012-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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