Current Cases & Projects

Taking on Unlawful Restrictions on COVID-19 Emergency Relief for Business Owners with Criminal Records

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act, including provisions for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue $350 billion in loans and grants to aid small businesses. Aid was provided through two programs, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program. While the CARES Act passed by Congress […]

Increasing Employment Opportunities for Pennsylvanians with Criminal Histories

Fair Employment Opportunities Project Pennsylvania law provides protection against biased practices for job-seekers with criminal histories. The Criminal History Record Information Act (CHRIA) provides that employers may only consider an applicant’s criminal history to the extent that it directly relates to the applicant’s suitability for a particular position. Arrests that do not lead to convictions […]

Know Your Rights as a Job Applicant with a Criminal Record in Pennsylvania

Your Rights When You’re Applying for a Job with a Criminal Record In Philadelphia The Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance (“Ban the Box”) helps ensure that employers make hiring and other employment decisions based on work qualifications instead of a person’s criminal record. Under the ordinance, it is against the law for employers to […]

Community Redevelopment Legal Assistance Project

If you are a resident of East Oak Lane, West Oak Lane, or Germantown, a new project may be able to help with common legal issues that make it hard for people to stay in their homes. 

Transition Services: Holding Pennsylvania Accountable to Students with Disabilities

According to our analysis of reports from the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Pennsylvania still has work to do to prepare students with disabilities for employment.

SEPTA Background Checks Violate Federal and State Laws

We are bringing this class action suit on behalf of Frank Long, a 55-year-old resident of Philadelphia and a commercially licensed bus driver. SEPTA offered him a job in October 2014 as a bus operator, but then rescinded the offer because of a drug-related conviction on Mr. Long’s record from 1997. SEPTA did so in spite of the fact that Mr. Long has stayed on the right side of the law ever since his conviction nearly 20 years ago.

Preparing Students with Disabilities for Life after School and the Workplace

Preparing Students with Disabilities for Life after School provides limited legal representation, legal advice and know-your-rights education to families/caregivers of students ages 14-21 who receive special education about the student’s right to have transition planning and services included in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) to help prepare the student for life after high school.

Addressing Discrimination Against People with Disabilities in the Workplace

The Disability Employment Discrimination Project’s mission is to enforce disability rights and to help individuals with disabilities access and remain in the work force. The project provides limited legal representation, legal advice and know-your-rights education to low-income people with disabilities, as well as education and outreach to employers.