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Kathmandu Post: ‘Cheap’ Nepali Deaths in US War Zones

Aug 31, 2020
Faced with political turmoil and a lack of job opportunities at home, Nepalis began venturing to both Iraq and Afghanistan in large numbers in the mid-2000s. Noah Coburn, a political anthropologist at Bennington College who studies military contracting, estimates that 50,000 Nepalis have worked in A…

HFA Files Wage Theft Lawsuit against CBG Building Company on Behalf of Construction Workers

Aug 18, 2020
Handley Farah & Anderson filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of a group of former employees of CBG Building Company, alleging they failed to properly compensate workers for work done at projects across Washington, D.C. The Complaint alleges that while employed at CBG’s DC area con…

Patreon and the American Counsel of the Blind Announce Digital Accessibility Initiative

Jul 27, 2020
Patreon, the popular membership platform for artists, creators and their supporters, recently announced its commitment to digital accessibility. Patreon worked in conjunction with blind creators and the American Council of the Blind in a Structured Negotiation to develop the accessibility initiative…

The Diplomat: COVID and Contractors: Nepalis in an American War Zone

Jul 21, 2020
On June 20, the Associated Press reported an outbreak of COVID-19 within the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, quoting an anonymous source who said that up to 20 people were infected, “the majority of them Nepalese Gurkhas, who provide embassy security.” Beyond this, there was no further menti…

The New Yorker: How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic

Jul 13, 2020
On June 22nd, in the baking heat of a parking lot a few miles inland from Delaware’s beaches, several dozen poultry workers, many of them Black or Latino, gathered to decry the conditions at a local poultry plant owned by one of President Donald Trump’s biggest campaign contributors. “We’re…

The Times-Tribune: Trash for Cash

Jul 08, 2020
Lackawanna County’s recent decision to stop sending certain prisoners to work at its recycling center should not impact the defense of a class action lawsuit that alleges the inmates were forced into slave labor, a county attorney said. Donald Frederickson, general counsel for the county, said the…

Route Fifty: Families of Prisoners Sue Over High Cost of Phone Calls

Jul 06, 2020
A new lawsuit filed in federal district court is taking aim at the high cost of making phone calls from prison. Families of incarcerated people are calling the prices charged for phone calls by telecom contractors in state prisons exorbitant and illegal. With prices that range from $9.99 or $14.99 f…

Press Release: Leading Housing Companies Sued for Allegedly Discriminating Against Older Americans in Advertising Apartments on Facebook

Jul 01, 2020
WASHINGTON—Today, in a historic civil rights action challenging digital housing discrimination on Facebook, a non-profit group and an older woman seeking to represent a class of thousands of older tenants filed a lawsuit against 10 residential property management companies, including a number of i…

Law360: Major Real Estate Cos. Accused Of Age Bias In Facebook Ads

Jul 01, 2020
A handful of major real estate companies were sued Wednesday in Maryland federal court over allegations they systematically discriminated against older residents in the Washington, D.C., area by targeting housing ads on Facebook to a young customer base.

Press Release: Families of Prisoners Sue Nation’s Largest Providers of Inmate Calling Services for Fixing and Lying about Prices

Jun 29, 2020
Today, families of prisoners filed a class action lawsuit against Global Tel*Link Corp. (“GTL”), Securus Technologies, LLC (“Securus”), and 3Cinteractive Corp. (“3CI”) for charging unlawfully inflated prices for collect calls made by incarcerated individuals in jails and prisons througho…

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