Category Archives: Employment

Why Are 90% of Boston’s New Firefighters White?

“In America, we share a dream that lies at the heart of our founding:  that no matter who you are, no matter what you look like…you can make it if you try.” President Obama’s Proclamation on Black History Month (February 2013) CALLING FOR GREATER DIVERSITY IN THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT The Boston Fire Department is

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Black and Latino Amazon Drivers File Discrimination Class Action

BLACK AND LATINO DRIVERS FILE CLASS ACTION DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS AGAINST AMAZON Complaints Allege Amazon Illegally Fired Drivers Based On Overly Stringent Background Checks A group of eight Black and Latino former Amazon drivers filed class action complaints today with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), charging that Amazon illegally discriminated against them and other similarly-situated

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Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges

Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges The federal government has all but abandoned its commitment to enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws. The federal government is impeding progress in voting rights and police accountability cases. Right now,  immigrants and refugees are being detained and interrogated in airports. Overnight, we’ve had to create a shield to

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Lawyers’ Committee Promises to be the Community’s Legal Protectors

The Lawyers’ Committee Promises to be the Community’s Legal Protectors (Bay State Banner) Following the election of Donald Trump, phone calls poured into the offices of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. The dominant theme: The climate at school and work had turned overtly hostile, as if many had taken the election

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Tackling Discrimination in the Internet Age

At the Lawyers’ Committee, we are shining a light on discrimination in housing and employment. We were the first legal organization in the country to call for Airbnb and Amazon to root out discriminatory practices. As the internet economy grows, we are combating new forms of discrimination. “It’s just a 21st-century twist on an old problem

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Lawyers’ Committee Urges Amazon to Halt Employment Practices that Harm Communities of Color

In a letter issued today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice called on Amazon to reverse recently-implemented employment policies that bar qualified individuals from being Amazon delivery drivers based not on job performance, but rather solely on past contact with the criminal justice system. In the Boston area, these new policies have

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Appeals Court Finds That Boston Police Department’s Drug Screening Method is Flawed & Scientifically Unreliable

On Friday, October 7, in Thompson v. Civil Service Commission, a case filed on behalf of Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) members, the Massachusetts Appeals Court found that the Boston Police Department’s use of hair samples in drug screenings is scientifically unreliable. The Appeals Court affirmed a Superior Court order reinstating six officers with back

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Lawyers’ Committee Applauds Mayor Walsh’s Call for Public Conversations on Race and Equity

Yesterday, at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Martin Walsh announced that he will hold a series of public conversations on race and equity. We applaud Mayor Walsh for encouraging Bostonians to engage in open, transparent, and robust dialogue. As Mayor Walsh aptly noted: “Boston is long overdue for a more open and intentional conversation

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