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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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Employment Discrimination

EEOC v. Catastrophe Management Solutions

On November 10, 2016, LDF filed an amicus brief in EEOC v. Catastrophe Management Solutions, in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. We were joined by the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center and Professors D. Wendy Greene and Angela Onwuachi-Willig LDF’s brief argues in support of a...

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Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice Cases and Matters

Using litigation and advocacy, LDF has fought over its 76-year history for the right of Black Americans to have access to clean air, water, land, public transportation, and other human necessities. For example, LDF has litigated several environmental justice cases, including: Clean Air...

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Equal Pay | Employment Discrimination

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

On November 17, 2015, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined more than 70 civil and human rights organizations in filing an...

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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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Environmental Justice

Holt v. Scovill

Dickson County appeared to be an idyllic, rural community of rolling farmland in north-central Tennessee. But decades of toxic dumping at a landfill poisoned the groundwater, and left three generations of a local African-American family who live next to the landfill searching for justice.

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Housing Discrimination

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

Natural disasters can devastate communities, wreaking havoc on housing, employment stability, transportation, and infrastructure. As we learned after Hurricane Katrina, these corollary effects are often exacerbated for low-income and minority families, due in part to the limited resources these...

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Environmental Justice

LDF and Earthjustice Fight Landfill in Historic Black Alabama Community

LDF, alongside Earthjustice represents the Ashurst Bar/Smith Community Organization (ABSCO) in its Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 administrative complaint against...

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