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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
Listen to Jack Greenberg Make History Arguing Griggs v Duke Power at SCOTUS
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 – that has proved essential in...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
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...More
Fair Housing | Housing Discrimination
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...More
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...More