Category: Employment


Welcome Letter to Mayor Janey with Racial Justice Blueprint →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
AFTER DECADES OF INSUFFICIENT MUNICIPAL ACTION, LAWYERS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS GIVES MAYOR JANEY BLUEPRINT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND IMMIGRATION REFORMLawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) congratulates and applauds Mayor Kim Janey for her historic leadership as Boston's first Black woman Mayor. For many years, LCR has tirelessly advocated for the City...

Boston’s New Fire Cadet Program →

Employment, Racial Justice
Boston’s New “Fire Cadet” Program: Will It Actually Help Diversify The Boston Fire Department? Firefighters Of Color And Civil Rights Advocates Say Program Holds Promise – But Only If Implemented Correctly Today, firefighters of color and their allies are announcing an action plan essential to ensuring that the City of...

Latina Former U.S. Marine Pass Over By Boston Police →

Employment, Police Accountability
While Claiming to Value Diversity, Boston Police Department Continues to Bypass Qualified Applicants of Color Latina Former U.S. Marine Arbitrarily Passed Over for Hire Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has filed an appeal with the Civil Service Commission on behalf of our client, Gladys Mueller, a Latinx former U.S. Marine, single...

Immigrants Improperly Excluded from Unemployment Benefits →

Coronavirus, Employment, Immigrant Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights has identified repeated instances of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who are being improperly denied unemployment benefits by the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The immigrants, including TPS recipients from Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador, are all legally permitted to receive unemployment benefits, particularly...

2020 Annual Report →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
We are excited to share our 2020 annual report. The report is available here. Please click here to download the report.

Strega Restaurant Found Liable For Sexual Harassment →

Employment
Strega Waterfront Restaurant Found Liable For Sexual Harassment Of Latina Employee  Low-Wage Worker Subjected to Sexual Proposals, Offensive Comments from Supervisor In a case that demonstrates the continuing resonance of the #MeToo and #YoTambien movement for low-wage workers, the full Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) affirmed a judgment in favor...

Open Letter to Biden/Harris Transition Team →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent an open letter to the Biden-Harris Transition team identifying urgent legal and policy issues that are currently affecting people of color and immigrants across the country. The letter identifies seven critical areas for immediate executive action, and urges the new Administration to prioritize the...

The Repair Work Begins Now →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Lowell Lines, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
STATEMENT FROM NOVEMBER 7, 2020 Lawyers for Civil Rights has played a critical role over the last four years securing major legal relief, including nation-wide injunctions, against executive actions that would harm people of color and immigrants.  We've also stopped the dismantlement of long-standing federal programs designed to protect people of color and...

Senior Litigator or Staff Attorney (Racial Justice & Policing) →

Employment
Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) is a leading hub for litigation and advocacy in response to the current climate. We have filed and won dozens of life-changing and law-changing cases on a wide range of civil rights issues, including racial justice, voting rights, education, immigration, housing, and policing.  In response to the national...

Coronavirus Pandemic Response →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Intake The demand for our free legal services has increased exponentially since the start of the public health and economic crisis.  Since March, we have received over 350 requests for legal assistance (intakes). The estimated demographic breakdown is as follows: 55% Black; 25% Latinx; 10% Asian American; and 10% other....

Launching Unemployment Assistance Initiative →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Employment
During the COVID-19 crisis the need for financial resources is growing, with over 22 million workers seeking unemployment assistance in the last few weeks. Although state and federal emergency legislation was promulgated to expand access to unemployment benefits, countless workers still need help completing the fairly complex online unemployment application....

Coronavirus Legal Warriors →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
As legal first responders, at a time when many doors are closing, we are opening ours wider. In response to an unprecedented need, we're adding a new coronavirus legal warrior to our team. This expansion is critical to deepening and expanding free support for affected families, including help with unemployment...

In #MeToo Case, Federal Court Rules Against McCormick & Schmick’s →

Employment
A favorable federal court decision brings five back-of-the-house Latina kitchen workers one step closer to trial in a sexual harassment lawsuit against national restaurant chain McCormick & Schmick’s.  In today’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani held that a central figure in the women’s complaint is a “supervisor” under the...

Legal Responses to COVID-19 →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is launching a comprehensive legal and policy initiative across immigration, education, housing and the census to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on our most vulnerable communities. Specifically, we are advocating to: Secure demographic and racial data on coronavirus infections and death. Stop immigration raids,...

Emergency Measures Needed →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate
As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds rapidly, it is imperative that state and local policy leaders enact emergency measures that will protect the most vulnerable populations. For those with higher incomes and more social supports, the sudden changes in daily life due to the pandemic will be inconvenient and disruptive. But...

New Immigration Resources →

Economic Justice, Employment, Immigrant Rights
New bilingual immigration guide and Form I-9 Guide: Guía de inmigración bilingüe y para el Formulario I-9:

Demystifying Form I-9 (Bilingual Guide) →

Economic Justice, Employment
Best Practices and Tips for Employees and Employers [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Demystifying-Form-I-9-El-Formulario-I-9.pdf" title="Demystifying Form I-9 : El Formulario I-9"] [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/I-9-PalmCard-Spanish-2.pdf" title="I-9 PalmCard Spanish 2"]

2019 Annual Report →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Check out our latest work. Our 2019 year-in-review is available here: [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-Annual-Report-DIGITAL.pdf" title="2019 Annual Report DIGITAL"]