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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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Home aid workers demand state reopen investigation into wage theft

This article was originally published in NY1. Read it here. About 100 home aid workers gathered outside of the state Department of Labor offices in Lower Manhattan Wednesday to protest what they see as injustice, with many saying…

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Local advocates call for DOJ to investigate dropped police shooting cases

This article was originally published in KGOU. Read it here. In 2020, seven police officers in Oklahoma County were involved in the deaths of three individuals – 49-year-old Christopher Poor, 15-year-old Stavian Rodriguez, and 60-year-old Bennie Edwards. Former…

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NY home care workers protest ‘rampant’ wage theft after labor dept. drops investigation

This article was originally published in Gothamist. Read it here. Home health aides will rally outside the state Department of Labor’s headquarters in Lower Manhattan at 11 a.m. on Wednesday to protest the agency’s decision to stop investigating…

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Home Health Aides Sue State Labor Department Over Dropped Wage Theft Investigation

Attorneys for underpaid caretakers argue that New York abandoned its legal obligation to workers by closing cases. This article was originally published in The City. Read it here. A group of New York City home health aides is…

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Will Harvard’s legacy admissions soon be a thing of the past?

“There is no reason why an applicant should be able to trade on their own last name as opposed to their personal achievement,” said Michael Kippins, litigation fellow with the Lawyers for Civil Rights. This article was originally…

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Supreme Court rules against affirmative action programs in college admissions 

The court voted along ideological lines, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion on behalf of the five other conservative justices. This article was originally published in TheGrio. Read it here. The Supreme Court ruled against…

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New York’s Chosen AI Keeps Users From Collecting Unemployment

ID.me’s facial recognition tool was supposed to help administer unemployment securely. Users say the tech has barred them from their accounts — and their paychecks. This article was originally published in NYS Focus. Read it here. SIGNING UP FOR unemployment…

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Parties Reach Agreement to Put SNAP Backlog Case On Hold Pending Health Department Efforts

This article was originally published in Alaska Native News. Read it here. (Anchorage, AK) – The plaintiffs in a lawsuit over delayed food stamp benefits and the Department of Health (“DOH”) have reached a preliminary agreement to put litigation…

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