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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

Economic Justice

Since its founding, LDF has fought for African-Americans to be able to work, live, and thrive without racially imposed barriers. In one of our first cases in 1940, LDF secured a vital decision that required equal pay for black and white teachers. Through litigation, advocacy and public education, LDF’s Economic Justice practice continues to fight to increase fairness and equal opportunity for African-Americans in all aspects of the economy.

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Program Work

Health Care

Detroit Water Shutoff Crisis

LDF and ACLU of Michigan Ask for Immediate
Moratorium on Detroit's Water Shut-offs

Update 7/21/2014: Detroit has imposed a 15-day moratorium on water shut-offs -- but it's not enough. The financial aid program for Detroit's neediest people...

Employment Discrimination

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...

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...