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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

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...

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...

Housing Discrimination

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

Natural disasters can devastate communities, wreaking havoc on housing, employment stability, transportation, and infrastructure. As we learned after Hurricane Katrina, these corollary effects are often exacerbated for low-income and minority families, due in part to the limited resources these...