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$80 Million Class Action Settlement Helps Offset Food Stamps Cuts Just in Time for Thanksgiving

On June 19, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved the negotiated settlement in Richard C. v. Proud, 12 Civ. 5942, which challenged the State’s failure to advise individuals facing SNAP (Food…

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24-hour shifts at the center of home care lawsuit

This article was originally published in The Capitol Pressroom. Read it here. Sept. 1, 2023 – The Hochul administration is being sued by a group of home care workers in New York City that wanted state labor officials…

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NCLEJ Responds to SCOTUS Affirmative Action Ruling 

Today, in decisions that were as damaging as they were predictable, the United States Supreme Court struck down admission polices at Harvard University and The University of North Carolina that were created to benefit all of their students by…

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NCLEJ Mourns the Loss of Disability Rights Advocate and Board Member Nancy Lieberman 

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of former NCLEJ Board Member Nancy Lieberman. A staunch advocate for people with disabilities, she co-founded New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis, and twice succeeded in reinstating state funds for…

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“New York Department of Labor Sued Over Failure to Release Unemployment Insurance Information”

“The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court last week against the state Department of Labor for documents the group requested under the state Freedom of Information Law….

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Who’s responsible for bad cops?

Mayor Brown says changing police disciplinary procedures up to Council. Council demurs. This article was originally published in Investigative Post. Read it here. Mayor Byron Brown has said that he wants the police commissioner to have more power…

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Waskul settlement will greatly impact rural Michiganders with disabilities

This article was originally published in The Gander. Read it here. How one Michigan mom fought for her disabled son to receive proper care—and won.  “Family is reliable, but everybody needs to have a decent wage to pay…

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Alaska must face food stamp litigation after a year of stays, court says

This article was originally published in Alaska Beacon. Read it here. In January of last year, 10 Alaskans sued the state because they said the Department of Health failed to provide food stamps within the time frames required by federal…

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Motion to Dismiss Home Care Aides Lawsuit Denied by State’s Top Court

This article was originally published in BKReader. Read it here. The New York State Department of Labor’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of home care aides has been denied by the state’s top court. The…

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NY DOL Must Face Challenge To Shuttered Wage Theft Probes

This article was originally published in Law360. Read it here. A group of live-in home care aides may proceed with its bid to force New York’s Department of Labor to reopen wage theft investigations, after a state court…

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Policing Buffalo’s police

Buffalo’s mayor and police commissioner grumble they lack sufficient power to discipline bad cops due to the contract with the city’s police union. Legal decisions suggest City Hall has bargained away those powers in violation of state law….

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New York City faulted for delays in getting emergency food aid to struggling families

This article was originally published in Spectrum News NY1. Read it here. Thousands of struggling families in New York City are enduring unacceptably long wait times for emergency food and cash aid because of delays that violate a…

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Settlement secures additional $110 million supporting Michiganders with disabilities

This article was originally published in Michigan Advance. Read it here. Earlier this week the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) and Disability Rights Michigan announced a pending settlement that, if approved, will bring more than…

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