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1 Crawford v. McDonald's
1:20-cv-05132 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 08/31/2020 - Case Ongoing
McDonald's USA, LLC
McDonald's USA
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-IL-0001
Coding Complete
On August 31, 2020, 52 black McDonald’s franchisees filed this lawsuit against McDonald’s in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiffs claimed that McDonald’s racially discriminated against them in its management policies and set the franchisees up to fail by placing them in economically depressed locations ... [view]
2 National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association v. Azar
1:19-cv-05435-PAE (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 05/21/2019 - Case Ongoing
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Speech and Religious Freedom
Public Accomm./Contracting
FA-NY-0009
Coding Complete
This suit consolidates a number of challenges to a rule from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that allows healthcare providers to refuse medical treatment or services that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs. Based on an 2017 executive order by President Trump and a memorandum from then Attorney General Jeff ... [view]
3 The Downtown Soup Kitchen v. Municipality of Anchorage
3:18-cv-00190 (D. Alaska)
Filed 08/15/2018 - Case Ongoing
Municipality of Anchorage
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-AK-0001
Anchorage municipality
Coding Complete
A faith-based women’s shelter in Anchorage filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska. The shelter, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, sued the Municipality of Anchorage and the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission for violating the organization’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. It alleged ... [view]
4 Riddick v. Facebook
3:18-cv-04529 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/26/2018 - Case Ongoing
Facebook Inc.
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-CA-0004
Coding Complete
Riddick v. Facebook is a lawsuit brought to hold Facebook accountable for discriminatory advertising practices relating to users’ personal characteristics such as sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, citizenship, primary language, immigration status, and age. Facebook’s discriminatory practices violate ... [view]
5 National Fair Housing Alliance et al. v. Facebook
1:18-cv-02689 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/27/2018 - Case Ongoing
Facebook Inc.
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NY-0004
Coding Complete
On March 27, 2018, four nonprofit fair housing organizations filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued Facebook under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3613; two of the plaintiffs also sued under the New York City Human Rights Law. Represented by private and in-house counsel, the ... [view]
6 Sines v. Kessler
3:17-cv-00072-NKM-JCH (W.D. Va.)
Filed 10/11/2017 - Case Ongoing
Jason Kessler
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-VA-0003
Coding Complete
In this case, ten private citizens of Charlottesville, Virginia, sued a host of individuals identified as organizers and promoters of the far-right “Unite the Right” rally held in the city on August 11-12, 2017. The plaintiffs filed this lawsuit on October 11, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Represented ... [view]
7 Huntsman v. Southwest Airlines
3:17-cv-03972 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/14/2017 - Case Ongoing
Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines Co.
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-CA-0005
Dallas
Coding Complete
Pilots of Southwest Airlines Co. (Southwest) brought this class action case against their employer after being deprived of the proper amount of retirement contributions and sick leave benefits during leaves of absence to serve in the U.S. military. Represented by private counsel, the pilots sued Southwest in the U.S. District Court for the ... [view]
8 Yale University v. Connecticut State Codes and Standards Committee
HHB-CV-17-6038904-S (State Court)
Filed 06/23/2017 - Closed 2018
Connecticut State Codes and Standards Committee
Connecticut State Codes and Standards Committee
Education
Public Accomm./Contracting
ED-CT-0006
Hartford County
Coding Complete
At the urging of a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual law students called OutLaws, in December 2016, Yale University requested an exemption from Connecticut’s building code, which required a building to have a minimum number of bathrooms for women and men, not including gender-neutral bathrooms. Seeking to better accommodate ... [view]
9 Center for the Independence of the Disabled v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority
153765-2017 (State Court)
Filed 04/25/2017 - Case Ongoing
Metropolitan Transit Authority
Metropolitan Transit Authority
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NY-0003
New York County
Coding Complete
On April 25, 2017, six organizations focused on disability and senior citizens rights filed this lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Three individual plaintiffs served as the representatives of a prospective class of people discriminated against based on their lack of mobility. The plaintiffs sued the Metropolitan Transportation ... [view]
10 Mobley v. Facebook (Onuoha v. Facebook)
5:16-cv-06440 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 11/03/2016 - Case Ongoing
Facebook, Inc.
Equal Employment
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Public Accomm./Contracting
FH-CA-0026
Menlo Park
Coding Complete
Onuoha v. Facebook (also known as Mobley v. Facebook) was filed on behalf of people of color challenging race and national origin discrimination in employment, housing, and credit ads on Facebook. A ProPublica article highlighted Facebook’s tools ... [view]
11 ACLU of Northern California v. Burwell [later Hargan, Azar]
3:16-cv-03539 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/24/2016 - Closed 2018
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Accomm./Contracting
IM-CA-0080
Coding Complete
On June 24, 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The ACLU sued the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), alleging a violation of its First Amendment rights. Specifically, the ACLU argued that HHS violated the ... [view]
12 Texas v. United States
7:16-cv-00054 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 05/25/2016 - Closed 2017
United States Federal Government
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-TX-0001
Coding Complete
This lawsuit is part of an ongoing legal battle, across several cases, over allowing transgender individuals access to public facilities matching their gender identities. With eleven states joining together to challenge the DOJ, DOE, EEOC, and DOL over their interpretations of antidiscrimination statutes, it represents the broadest challenge to ... [view]
13 Selden v. Airbnb, Inc.
1:16-cv-00933-CRC (D.D.C.)
Filed 05/17/2016 - Case Ongoing
Airbnb, Inc.
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Public Accomm./Contracting
FH-DC-0014
Coding Complete
On May 17, 2016, an African American man whose request for accommodations through Airbnb was rejected because of his race, brought this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He sued Airbnb under Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. § 1981, alleging that he, and all others similarly ... [view]
14 North Carolinians for Privacy v. United States Department of Justice
1:16-cv-00245-FL (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 05/10/2016 - Closed 2016
U.S. Department of Justice
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0005
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (“H.B. 2”), which was passed on March 23, 2016. For the others, see related cases section, below. On February 22, 2016, the Charlotte City Council passed Ordinance 7056, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or ... [view]
15 United States v. State of North Carolina
1:16-cv-00425 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 05/09/2016 - Closed 2017
State of North Carolina
State of North Carolina
Equal Employment
Education
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0004
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (HB2), which was passed on March 23, 2016. For the others, see the case collection. On February 22, 2016, ... [view]
16 McCrory v. United States
5:16-cv-00238 (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 05/09/2016 - Closed 2016
U.S. Department of Justice
Equal Employment
Education
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0003
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (HB2), which was passed on March 23, 2016. For the others, see the case collection. On May 9, 2016, North ... [view]
17 Berger v. United States Department of Justice
5:16-cv-00240-FL (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 05/09/2016 - Closed 2016
U.S. Department of Justice
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0006
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (“H.B. 2”), which was passed in March 23, 2016. For the others, see related cases section, below. On February 22, 2016, the Charlotte City Council passed Ordinance 7056, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or ... [view]
18 Sanchez v. Carnival Corporation
1:16-cv-21319-MGC (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 04/12/2016 - Closed 2016
Carnival Corporation
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-FL-0001
Coding Complete
On April 12, 2016, two Cuban-born Americans filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Corporation and Fathom Travel Corporation. The plaintiffs sued under 42 U.S.C. §2000. The plaintiffs alleged the defendants did not allow Cuban-born persons to board its cruise line to Cuba ... [view]
19 Carcaño v. McCrory
1:16-cv-00236 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 03/28/2016 - Closed 2021
State of North Carolina
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0002
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (“H.B. 2”), which was passed in March 23, 2016. For the others, see the related cases section below. On February 22, 2016, the Charlotte City Council passed Ordinance 7056, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or ... [view]
20 Seibert v. New York State Department of Tax and Finance
docket unknown (State Court)
Filed 03/03/2016 - Closed 2016
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NY-0002
Coding Complete
On March 3, 2016, a group of five women residents of New York State, filed this class action lawsuit in New York State Court against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Plaintiffs claimed that the State's "Tampon Tax," which imposed a tax on the purchase of tampons and sanitary pads, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the ... [view]
21 Lucero v. City of New York
14-cv-9533 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 12/03/2014 - Closed 2018
City of New York
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NY-0001
New York
Coding Complete
On December 3, 2014, three women with relatives buried in a mass grave of more than one million deceased individuals on New York City’s Hart Island filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation, the plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory, ... [view]
22 National Federation of the Blind of California v. Uber Technologies
3:14-cv-4086 NC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/09/2014 - Case Ongoing
Uber Technologies, Inc.
Uber Technologies, Inc.
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-CA-0002
San Francisco
Coding Complete
On September 9, 2014, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), along with several of its members who had been discriminated against by Uber drivers because of their service animals, filed this lawsuit in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California. They sued Uber under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S ... [view]
23 Phillips v. Snyder
2:13-cv-11370 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 03/27/2013 - Closed 2017
State of Michigan
Election/Voting Rights
Speech and Religious Freedom
Public Accomm./Contracting
VR-MI-0070
Coding Complete
On March 27, 2013, plaintiffs filed this lawsuit against the State of Michigan in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Plaintiffs were a coalition of unelected citizens, public employee union members and representatives, and locally elected officials from cities in Michigan that were currently under the authority of an ... [view]
24 Claybrooks v. American Broadcasting Companies
3:12-cv-00388 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 04/18/2012 - Closed 2013
American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-TN-0001
Coding Complete
On April 18, 2012, two African-American men who had unsuccessfully applied to be cast as The Bachelor in the ABC television program of the same name filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division, under § 1981 and Cal. Civ. §§ 51, 51.5 against ABC. The complaint was filed as a class action, ... [view]
25 Baker v. Wildflower Inn
183-7-11 (State Court)
Filed 2011 - Closed 2012
Wildflower Inn d/b/a DOR Associates LLP
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-VT-0001
Coding Complete
In 2011, two women denied the opportunity to host their wedding reception at a particular private hotel due to their sexual orientation brought suit against that hotel to obtain a court order that the hotel's no-gay-receptions policy violated state law (Vermont's State Housing and Public Accommodations Act) and to prohibit future discrimination on ... [view]
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