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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

Equal Pay | Employment Discrimination

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

On November 17, 2015, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined more than 70 civil and human rights organizations in filing an...

Fair Housing | Fair Housing and Lending

Disparate Impact

The Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on the Fair Housing Act will test our nation’s commitment to equal treatment under the law.  It will determine whether equal opportunity in housing continues to be one of our most cherished values.  As our nation becomes more diverse...

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...