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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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Transportation Justice

Baltimore Red Line

While equal employment opportunity is manifestly important for economic justice, the ability to travel to and from work is just as crucial. Inadequate transportation access is one of myriad impediments to job access for African Americans and one that is often caused by discriminatory government...

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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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Environmental Justice

Detroit Water Shutoff Crisis

LDF and ACLU of Michigan Ask for Immediate
Moratorium on Detroit's Water Shut-offs

In response to the growing water crisis in Detroit, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.  sent a letter to...

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Fair Housing | Fair Housing and Lending

Disparate Impact

The Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on the Fair Housing Act will test our nation’s commitment to equal treatment under the law.  It will determine whether equal opportunity in housing continues to be one of our most cherished values.  As our nation becomes more diverse...

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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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