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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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Housing Discrimination

Thompson v. HUD

As one of the most important fair housing lawsuits of the past decade, Thompson sought to eradicate the legacy of racially segregated public housing in Baltimore, Maryland, the hometown of Thurgood Marshall, LDF’s first Director-Counsel.  Baltimore’s public housing has suffered...

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Employment Discrimination

United States of America and Vulcan Society, Inc. v. City of New York

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) is nationally known for its heroic efforts during the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  Less well-known is the decades-long struggle African Americans and other minorities have waged to open the FDNY to all men and women regardless of race....

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Employment Discrimination

Waldon v. Cincinnati Public Schools

Gregory Waldon had been a hard working, valued employee of the Cincinnati Public School system (CPS) for nearly 30 years. Mr. Waldon, who is African American, was looking forward to retiring in a few years with full benefits and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. But his...

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Criminal Records

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Criminal Records Policy – Criminal Records & Employment

Recent surveys of human resource managers show that the vast majority of employers now rely on criminal background checks as part of their applicant screening process.  While employers may consider a wide array of information when evaluating applicants, in some cases, employers can...

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Employment Discrimination

Wright v. Stern: NYC Parks Case

In court papers filed in 2001, current and former employees of the New York City Parks Department alleged that African-American and Latino employees Parks workers had been denied equal employment opportunities. As a result of long-term, systemic discrimination throughout the Parks Department and...

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