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Employment Discrimination

Abercrombie & Fitch Employment Discrimination

In June 2003, LDF filed a class action lawsuit, Gonzalez v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, against national clothing retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, charged that in addition to selling so-called "classic" looks, Abercrombie...

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Access to Justice

AT&T Mobility LLC v. Vincent and Liza Concepcion

In October 2010, LDF filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Vincent and Liza Concepcion.  This case addresses the lawfulness of class-action bans.  Corporations are increasingly using this novel type of contractual provision...

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Employment Discrimination

Baltimore Longshoremen Case

In 2011, LDF began representing a group of nine African-American longshoremen, members of International Longshoremen’s Union, Local 333 who work on the Port of Baltimore, one of the busiest and fastest growing ports in the country.  The longshoremen filed charges with the U.S. Equal...

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Employment Discrimination

Cogdell v. Wet Seal

LDF's Economic Justice Program has filed a class action lawsuit, Cogdell v. Wet Seal, alleging that top executives at Wet Seal directed senior managers to get rid of African American store management employees for the sake of its “brand image,” and to hire more white employees....

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Criminal Records

Criminal Records: A Modern Day Scarlet Letter

Over the last several decades, the number of Americans who have contact with the criminal justice system has increased at an alarming rate.  While in 1980 the number of people incarcerated in America was about 500,000, by 2008 it had more than quadrupled to 2.3 million.  The United...

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Health Care

Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida

LDF filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida, on the constitutionality of the minimum essential coverage provision, which requires persons covered by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to...

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Employment Discrimination

Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., was originally filed in 2001 on behalf of a class of an estimated 1.5 million women affected by Wal-Mart’s discriminatory employment practices, making it one of the largest civil rights class action lawsuits in history. The women assert that pay and...

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Minority Business Discrimination

DynaLantic Corp v. United States Department of Defense

On January 19, 2005, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) filed an amicus brief supporting the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Section 8(a) program. The program is an educational and training initiative designed to support and increase business opportunities for...

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Minority Business Discrimination

H.B. Rowe Company, Inc. v. W. Lyndo Tippett

In August 2009, LDF filed a friend-of-the-court brief defending the constitutionality of the North Carolina’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program for state-funded road construction projects. The North Carolina General Assembly reauthorized its M/WBE Program in 2006,...

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Employment Discrimination

Hithon v. Tyson Foods, Inc.

John Hithon worked at a Tyson Foods plant in Gadsden, Alabama for 13 years. Despite his experience, when two supervisor jobs opened up at his plant he was passed over, remaining stuck in lower management. Instead, two white men from other plants were hired. Hithon believed his supervisor...

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