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Housing Discrimination

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...

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Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality

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...

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Fair Housing and Lending

Morningside v. Sabree

The ACLU of Michigan, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and lawyers from Covington & Burling LLP filed a class-action ...

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Housing Discrimination

Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc.

Click here to read LDF's amicus brief. 

Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., which the Supreme...

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Employment Discrimination

NYC School Custodian Employment Discrimination

In United States v. New York City Board of Education, LDF is defending the lawfulness of a 1999 settlement between the Board of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  In 1996, DOJ sued the Board of Education for employment discrimination.  The evidence...

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Fair Housing | Housing Discrimination

Regulations

Through its own advocacy and leadership of the national fair housing coalition, LDF has urged the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue regulations in several different areas of fair housing.  HUD has recently issued several of the requested regulations. LDF has high...

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Housing Discrimination

Road Home

Following the devastating destruction of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) established a home rebuilding program known as Road Home to get residents back to the region.  With $11 billion in...

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Housing Discrimination

Tax Lien Sales

Imagine losing the home you’ve lived in for half your life, where you’ve raised your family and watched your neighbors do the same, and for which you have always paid the mortgage on time.  Impossible?  Not for far too many homeowners.  For decades, jurisdictions across the...

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Criminal Records

Texas v. EEOC

In May 2014, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) filed a motion to join the U.S. Department of Justice in defending a recently filed lawsuit challenging the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) guidance on the use of criminal records in hiring.  The motion was...

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Fair Housing and Lending

The Color of Money: Racial (In)equity in Lending

Access to fair credit affects all aspects of an individual's or family's life.  Unfortunately, African-American borrowers are often steered into predatory, risky loan products, or denied access to any credit at all.  To address these issues, on April 29, 2014, the...

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