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1 State of New York v. Dept. of Health and Human Servs.
1:19-cv-05435-PAE (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 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]
2 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
On August 15, 2018, a faith-based women's shelter based in Anchorage, Alaska, filed this lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Alaska. The plaintiff sued the Municipality of Anchorage, The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, and its Executive Director for violating its First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs, ... [view]
3 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]
4 Riddick v. Facebook
3:18-cv-04529 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 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 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]
6 Yale University v. Connecticut State Codes and Standards Committee
HHB-CV-17-6038904-S (State Court)
Filed 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]
7 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]
8 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
Summary not yet on record [view]
9 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]
10 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]
11 Carcaño v. McCrory
1:16-cv-00236 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
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]
12 United States v. State of North Carolina
1:16-cv-00425 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 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]
13 McCrory v. United States
5:16-cv-00238 (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2017
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]
14 North Carolinians for Privacy v. United States Department of Justice
5:16-cv-00245-FL (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 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 Berger v. United States Department of Justice
5:16-cv-00240-FL (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 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]
16 Texas v. United States
7:16-cv-00054 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 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]
17 Mobley v. Facebook (Onuoha v. Facebook)
5:16-cv-06440 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
Facebook, Inc.
Facebook, Inc.
Equal Employment
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Public Accomm./Contracting
FH-CA-0026
San Mateo County
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. After a ProPublica article highlighted that Facebook ... [view]
18 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]
19 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 for the Blind of California (NFBC), along with service animal owners discriminated against by Uber drivers, filed this lawsuit in the U.S District Court for the District of Northern California. The plaintiffs sued Uber Technologies Inc. under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. � ... [view]
20 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]
21 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]
22 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]
23 United States v. Baird
94-10494 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1994 - Closed
no defendants on record
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-CA-0001
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
24 Ridgeway v. TW Services/Denny's, U.S. v. TW Services, and
5:93-cv-20208-JW (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/26/1993 - Closed 2001
Denny's Restaurants
Denny's Restaurants
Public Accomm./Contracting
DR-CA-0001
Coding Complete
On March 26, 1993, the United States Justice Department filed this lawsuit under Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000a et seq. (the Public Accommodations Act), in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against TW Services and its subsidiary, Denny's, Inc., which operates Denny's Restaurants, ... [view]
25 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Wilmington Medical Center, Inc.
Civ. A. No. 76-298 (D. Del.)
Filed 1976 - Closed
no defendants on record
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-DE-0001
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
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