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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,...More
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...More
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.... More
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...More
Landmark: Griggs v. Duke Power Co.
In 1971, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Griggs v. Duke Power, which transformed our nation’s work places. As a result of LDF’s advocacy, the Supreme Court embraced a powerful legal tool – now known as the “disparate impact” framework...More
Lewis v. City of Chicago: "The Chicago Firefighters Case"
In 1995, Chicago administered an entry-level firefighter exam to more than 26,000 applicants. The passing score was 65 out of 100, but against the advice of its own expert...More
Little v. Washington Metro Area Transit Authority
In July 2014, LDF’s Economic Justice Program, together with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee and the law firm Arnold and Porter LLP, filed a class action lawsuit against the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority and three of its contractors, challenging their use of...More
Magner v. Gallagher
LDF filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in the United States Supreme Court in Magner v. Gallagher. In Magner, a group of private landlords of low-income housing challenged the City of St. Paul's practice of selectively targeting them for heightened...
LDF, Marriage Equality, and Loving v. Virginia
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF) has long argued that the discriminatory history of racial restrictions on the right to marry illustrate how the exclusion of lesbian and gay couples from marriage perpetuates and...More