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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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Buffalo’s Black Mayor Targets Communities of Color to Raise Revenue

This article was originally published in Black Agenda Report. Read it here. In a lawsuit against the City of Buffalo challenging unconstitutional and racially discriminatory traffic enforcement practices by the Buffalo Police Department (BPD), legal and civil rights…

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Lawsuit against Buffalo police seeks class action status for minorities ticketed at checkpoints

This article was originally published in Buffalo News. Read it here. Lawyers for plaintiffs in a discrimination lawsuit against the Buffalo Police Department have filed a motion to achieve class action status including Black and Latino drivers ticketed…

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Lawsuit alleging discriminatory traffic enforcement by the BPD seeks go-ahead from federal court

This article was originally published in WBFO. Read it here. A 2018 lawsuit alleging discriminatory traffic enforcement practices by the Buffalo Police Department is seeking the go-ahead from the federal court to proceed as a class-action lawsuit. The…

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Commentary: State should ease up on collection of overpaid pandemic unemployment benefits

This article was originally published in Times Union. Read it here. New Yorkers who lost work because of the pandemic now face thousands of dollars of debt because the state is trying to collect pandemic-era benefits overpaid to…

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Federal court rules Missourians were illegally denied food aid by the state

The Department of Social Services’ call center issues ultimately denied eligible Missourians meaningful access to benefits, a judge found This article was originally published in Missouri Independent. Read it here. A federal judge ruled Thursday that Missouri’s social services agency…

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New York’s Labor Department Wants Your Unemployment Benefits Back

In New York, unemployment recipients can be found guilty of fraud even if they thought their information was true. The state demands repayment at the highest rate in the country. This article was originally published in New York…

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The Hunger Strike to End 24-Hour Shifts

This article was originally published in New York Magazine. Read it here. Every week for more than a year, Nu Jun Zhu worked four 24-hour shifts as a home-care attendant. Though she was only paid for 13 hours…

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Home Care Aides Fight to End 24-Hour Shifts: ‘This Work Is Killing Them’

Home health care, among the fastest growing industries in New York and nationwide, is also one of the lowest paying, with often grueling hours. This article was originally published in The New York Times. Read it here. For…

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