Since its inception in 1968, Lawyers for Civil Rights has advanced life-changing and law-changing advocacy on behalf of individuals who experience workplace discrimination and harassment. Systemic discrimination in hiring, pay, promotion, and termination disadvantages people of color and immigrants in the public and private sectors. We challenge all forms of discrimination and advocate for an expansion of workplace protections.
In response to the #MeToo, LCR is also bringing creative litigation to ensure that low-wage workers see themselves reflected in the movement against workplace sexual harassment.
In response to the rapid growth of e-commerce in the digital age, LCR is ensuring that internet giants such as Airbnb and Amazon are upholding federal and state anti-discrimination laws.
LCR also focuses on cutting-edge litigation and policy advocacy to enhance diversity in the hiring and retention practices of public safety agencies including police and fire departments.
Baker v. Massachusetts Trial Court (a lawsuit claiming a racially hostile work environment after a racial epithet was used in reference to a Black female court officer)
Romero v. McCormick & Schmick (a lawsuit on behalf of five low-wage Latina kitchen workers who were sexually harassed in the workplace)
Young v. Amazon Inc. (challenging the discriminatory impact of an employment policy regarding background checks)
News and Resources
Sep 18, 19Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship
Sep 02, 19Class Action Challenges Background Checks
Jun 21, 19Suing Boston Police Department For Diversity Data
May 01, 19Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts
Jan 03, 19Condemning Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections
Dec 21, 18Fired METCO Social Worker Settles Lawsuit with Lexington, MA
Dec 21, 18Latino Janitor At Logan Airport Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit
Nov 29, 18Black and Latino Drivers File Discrimination Class Action Against Amazon
Nov 20, 182018 Year-in-Review
Nov 16, 18Congressional Resolution Honors Our Achievements
Sep 07, 18Symposium on the Future of Civil Rights (September 20, 2018)
Jun 23, 18Free Legal Clinic on July 16 in Roxbury
Jun 18, 18Wynn Resorts: Back In The Sexual Harassment Business?
Feb 27, 18Expanding Client Intake and Community Outreach Staff
Feb 21, 18Superior Court Faults Boston Police’s Decision Not To Hire Black Applicant
Feb 14, 18Boston Police And Fire Hiring Practices Illegally Harm Minority Veterans
Jan 11, 18On MLK Day, Our 50-Year Quest for Justice
Jan 07, 18Strega Waterfront Restaurant Found Liable For Sexual Harassment