LDF has a long history of using class-action litigation to fight racial discrimination in housing, employment, lending, and other areas of the economy. As more and more companies have required consumers and employees to agree to arbitration agreements and class action waivers, it has become increasingly difficult for individuals to join together and seek relief from discriminatory and other abusive practices. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a new regulation banning the use of class action waivers for consumer financial products and services, an important step to restoring the ability of African Americans to vindicate their rights effectively.
Read LDF’s letter supporting the new rule, and urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to strengthen it.
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.