What we do

When people are denied the opportunity to work, they are also denied their place in society. Without a decent income, a person is unable to access essential resources like housing and healthcare. Employment discrimination keeps marginalized populations – people with disabilities, racial minorities, people in poverty – trapped on the fringes of society.

Today, the Law Center focuses on overcoming barriers to employment for people with disabilities and people with prior criminal convictions. Here is what we are currently working on:

SEPTA Background Checks Violate Federal and State Laws

Together with a coalition of legal advocates, we are suing SEPTA for denying jobs to people with unrelated criminal records. READ MORE

Disability Employment Discrimination Project

We are proud to launch the Disability Employment Discrimination Project. The mission of the project is to enforce disability rights and to help individuals with disabilities access and remain in the workforce. READ MORE

Fair Employment Opportunities Project

The Fair Employment Opportunities Project is a partnership effort with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Criminal Record Expungement Project of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equality that comprehensively addresses criminal background employment barriers through collaborative litigation, public education and communications. READ MORE

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