Lawyer called ‘racist,’ ‘Karen’ by colleagues wins $170K in discrimination suit: ‘I was cursed and badgered’

A Jewish lawyer who was called a “racist” and a “Karen” by her colleagues won more than $170,000 in a discrimination suit that alleged antisemitic harassment.

A taxpayer-backed Bronx law firm called The Bronx Defenders was forced to issue an apology and a $170,000 settlement for alleged discrimination against a Zionist Jewish staffer, according to the New York Post.

The Bronx Defenders reportedly admitted to no lawful wrongdoing in the confidential settlement.

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“You may remember that I was called a racist, a colonizer and a karen [slang for entitled White person], and I was told that I was worse than the dirt under your feet and that my children were murderers,” former The Bronx Defenders staffer Debbie Jonas said in an email Wednesday to The Bronx Defenders employees to inform them about the outcome of the settlement.

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A taxpayer-backed Bronx law firm called The Bronx Defenders was forced to issue an apology and a $170,000 settlement for alleged discrimination against a Zionist Jewish staffer. (iStock)

Jonas, who worked at The Bronx Defenders for eight years, has children with dual citizenship in Israel and the U.S. who have served in the Israel Defense Forces.

“I was cursed and badgered until I could no longer stand the hostility,” Jonas said.

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“The present reality of the displacement, disenfranchisement and military violence happening abroad is reminiscent of the settler colonialism, state violence

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Illinois SAFE-T Act: Former Chicago-area police chief, prosecutor sound alarm over fast-tracked safety law

Chicago-area criminal justice professionals are raising red flags over the Illinois Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today (SAFE-T) Act, which passed through the entire Illinois legislature between 4 am and 11 am CT Jan. 13, 2021, and is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

The 764-page SAFE-T Act, simply put, is an overhaul of the Illinois criminal justice system.

“I could speak for police chiefs throughout the state. We reached out and tried to get our opinions across to our local legislators and then ask them to bring that to Springfield and sit down and have some negotiations with the bill’s sponsors,” former Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel told Fox News Digital. “And there was a little bit of back and forth … but, to me, it was just to … check a box and say, okay, you know what? We did talk to the Illinois Chiefs of Police Legislative Committee.”

Concerns about the SAFE-T Act

The law, which Gov. JB Pritzker signed last year, includes numerous provisions that proponents say will improve public safety in the state and make that criminal justice system more equitable.

The law, which Gov.  Jay Pritzker signed last year, includes numerous provisions that proponents say will improve public safety in the state and make that criminal justice system more equitable.

The law, which Gov. Jay Pritzker signed last year, includes numerous provisions that proponents say will improve public safety in the state and make that criminal justice system more equitable.
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“This police reform and accountability and criminal justice legislation is a substantial step toward dismantling systemic racism by bringing us closer to true safety, true fairness and true justice,” Pritzker said in February 2021 after signing the law.

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Critics of the law take issue with some of those provisions, including ending cash bail; prohibiting judges from considering a defendant’s previous behavior when determining whether he or she

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