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The US Department of State facilitates a Summer Work Travel Program and a Trainee and Intern Program,  under which foreign students or recent graduates can get a temporary J-1 visa to work in the US. Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action claims that some of these young people have been exploited in violation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. It claims they were lied to about work, accommodations, and pay, charged large fees for recruitment, processing, and travel, and then employed and housed under very different conditions. 

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Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) has signed a Consent Order after an investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

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This settlement resolves a class action alleging that Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s criminal background screening policy violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it allegedly disproportionately affected African-Americans who applied for employment with WMATA  or WMATA contractors, or who were suspended or terminated by WMATA or WMATA contractors.

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This settlement is the outcome of a civil rights class action brought against Rutherford County, Tennessee and Providence Community Corrections, Inc. The class action alleges that probation practices for traffic and misdemeanor cases in Rutherford County violate federal and state laws and the US Constitution.

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The City of Los Angeles has agreed to settle a class action suit alleging that curfews imposed through 26 injunctions upon over 5,000 gang members are unconstitutional. The injunctions required that people not go “outside” at certain times of night unless they were going for “legitimate meetings or entertainment activity”.

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This is a settlement of a class action alleging that the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and New England Life Insurance Company discriminated against African-American/black financial service representatives employed at the companies, including in the areas of pay, account transfers, and teaming. The complaint included charges of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed to give disabled Americans the same access to businesses and government enjoyed by other Americans, thus making them freer and more self-sufficient. The Act requires that provisions be made so that public accommodations—such as stores, restaurants, offices, government facilities, and websites—are accessible to people with common handicaps. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that the Dramatics for Hair companies, the defendants in this case, have not bothered to design, construct, maintain, or operate their website in a manner that allows blind persons to use it with the aid of screen-reading software.

This class action alleged that the Sheriff of Cook County and the Cook County jail violated the US Constitution by conducting blanket strip searches or visual body cavity searches during initial admission of around 300,000 pre-trial detainees. The searches took place between January 20, 2004 and March 30, 2009.

This class action alleged that NYPD officers had been issuing summonses to individuals without probably cause, because they were required to meet a summons quota. Over recent years, more than fifty percent of summonses filed in court by the NYPD were dismissed.

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The plaintiffs in this class action lawsuit allege that Walmart discriminated against associates with same-sex spouses based on sex by failing to provide spousal health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouses of associates before January 1, 2014.

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