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Education Department's civil rights office retreats, will consider claims filed en masse

Nov 20, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

Facing a lawsuit, the Education Department said this week it would no longer dismiss civil rights complaints simply because the filer had submitted other similar claims, reversing a policy that had led to the dismissal of hundreds of cases en masse.

In March, the department's Office for Civil Rights updated its Case Processing Manual and said it would dismiss a complaint if it was part of a pattern of allegations, or if the complaint placed an "unreasonable burden" on the office.