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Category: Press Releases

FILED: New Complaint against the Department of Labor (DOL) Underscores Unemployment Insurance (UI) Failures

NEW YORK— The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) sued the DOL for its continuing failure to comply with its legal obligation to produce responsive unemployment insurance (UI) records. The complaint was filed on Friday, December 17, and was served today.  “Governor Hochul promised a new era…

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Announcing the 2021 NCLEJ Catalyst Awards: A Celebration of Changemakers

NEW YORK, November 1, 2021- The National Center for Law and Economic Justice announces the NCLEJ Catalyst Awards: A Celebration of Changemakers on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 7 PM ET. The 60-minute livestream fundraiser will feature a dynamic celebration of thought-leaders, including our incredible partners…

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U.S. EPA to Investigate NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Approval of Brooklyn Natural Gas Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 25, 2021 Contact: Amy Paulpaul@nclej.org Complaint Filed by Brooklyn Community Groups in August Accused DEC of Discrimination After Failing to Review Natural Gas Pipeline NEW YORK — The United States Environmental Protection Agency is…

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NCLEJ & Immigrant Advocates Demand End Date to Ice Contract at Georgia Detention Center

NCLEJ filed FOIA and Georgia Open Records Act Requests seeking government records regarding public officials’ progress and timeline for ending ICE operations at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), an immigration detention center in Georgia with a long…

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New Discrimination Complaint Accuses National Grid of Bypassing Safety Laws for Brooklyn Pipeline

Community groups from across Brooklyn, represented by the National Center for Law and Economic Justice and the New York Law School Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic, filed a groundbreaking federal civil rights complaint against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the New…

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NCLEJ Lawsuit Exposes Louisiana’s Broken Unemployment System

NCLEJ partnered with attorneys Wendy Manard and Ellyn Clevenger to address major violations in Louisiana’s unemployment insurance benefits system that are costing Louisianans their unemployment checks. “Louisiana’s unemployment system is so confusing that people are losing benefits –…

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NCLEJ Challenges Excessive Fines and Fees in Indiana

On November 25, 2020, as part of our efforts to end excessive fines and fees, NCLEJ and the National ACLU, ACLU of Illinois, Fines and Fees Justice Center, and Shriver Center on Poverty Law submitted an amicus brief…

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A Precedent-Setting Win for People with Disabilities in Michigan

Michiganders with disabilities achieved a major victory in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in NCLEJ’s Waskul v. Washtenaw County Community Mental Health case. Plaintiffs, individuals with developmental disabilities, and the Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy, a non-profit organization that…

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Migrant Justice settles federal lawsuit on ICE retaliation and Trump administration agrees to terms in First Amendment suit days before election

Victory! Our plaintiffs Migrant Justice and supporters are announcing a settlement in our case to sue Immigration and Customs Enforcement and stop ICE’s unlawful surveillance, harassment, and arrest of immigrant community leaders targeted for their First Amendment protected…

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Lawsuit Challenges the New York State Department of Health’s Ventilator Allocation Guidelines

No one should have to worry about their life-sustaining medical equipment being taken from them in a pandemic. Disability Rights New York (DRNY) & NCLEJ filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Not Dead Yet, NMD United,…

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