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Baltimore City Council passes the Water Affordability and Equity Act

On Monday, November 18, the Baltimore City Council passed the Water Affordability and Equity Act. This is a big win for Baltimore City homeowners and renters alike.

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The Public Justice Center has a new look!

You’ve come to the right place…the Public Justice Center has a new look that reflects our long-term commitment to pursuing systemic change to build a just society.

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Baltimore County HOME Act passes!

The Baltimore County Council passed the HOME Act, critical civil rights legislation that will stop landlords from discriminating based on a tenant’s “source of income.”

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PJC congressional testimony calls for strengthening protections for workers

PJC attorney Sally Dworak-Fisher testified before a U.S. House subcommittee to educate lawmakers about the continued importance of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s crucial protections, and the need to...

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Murnaghan Fellow argues before Court of Appeals, challenging company’s attempt…

Earlier this month, 2018-2019 PJC Murnaghan Fellow Ejaz Baluch, Jr., presented oral argument before the Maryland Court of Appeals on behalf of David and Tammy Mills, homeowners who found...

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PJC advocacy prompts reform of Baltimore County school discipline policy

A little over a year ago, we received a call from a Baltimore County parent concerned that the school district had forced her daughter to transfer to an alternative...

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Court grants temporary restraining order to home care workers fired…

Back in March, home care workers Pamela Holden and April Wright sued their employer, Bwell Healthcare, Inc. for failing to pay overtime or travel time between clients’ homes. When...

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Paratransit and medical transportation drivers sue Transdev for unpaid wages

This Friday, six paratransit and medical transportation drivers and a dispatcher filed suit for unpaid wages in federal court against Transdev Services, Inc. The plaintiffs’ complaint alleges that they...

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Gag orders on survivors of police violence are unconstitutional, Fourth…

Using terms like “hush money” and “the government’s purchase of a potential critic’s silence,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit condemned as unconstitutional Baltimore City’s practice*...

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Police should not be shielded from responsibility for using excessive…

When Deputy Nicholas Kehagias showed up at John Livingston’s door, Mr. Livingston asked if he had a warrant. The deputy didn’t, and Mr. Livingston refused to let him in....

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2019 Legislative Highlights

Thank you! Maryland’s 2019 legislative session came to a close on April 8. Your support allowed us to advocate for the right to healthcare, restorative approaches to discipline to...

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Workers sue one of the nation’s largest home remodeling companies…

BALTIMORE – Four former employees of Homefix filed a collective- and class-action lawsuit on Wednesday, April 24, against the home remodeling company, the 18th largest in the nation, for...

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Acting Mayor Jack Young signs law furthering equal treatment for…

We’re excited to announce that Baltimore Acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today signed legislation that prohibits landlords from discriminating against tenants based on their source of income (SOI)....

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Workers secure $1 million settlement for wage claims against Mo’s…

Last week, former employees of several restaurants owned and operated under the name of “Mo’s” or “Mo’s Seafood” settled a lawsuit for unpaid wages against the seafood chain and...

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Baltimore Bloc and Baltimore City Police settle case over unlawful…

A lawsuit filed in July 2017 seeking to hold the Baltimore City Police Department accountable for unlawfully arresting and detaining 65 people at a peaceful protest held during the...

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Historic agreement will increase funding for development without displacement in…

This month, the Public Justice Center and allies in the Baltimore Housing Roundtable, United Workers, and Housing for All Coalition reached an agreement with Baltimore City leaders to significantly...

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Landlords cannot evict tenants without fair warning, Court of Appeals…

When landlords believe that tenants have violated their lease and want to evict them before the end of a lease term, Maryland law has rules they must follow. These...

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Attorney General can sue nursing homes for patient dumping, Court…

It was a hot summer day when the nursing home staffer loaded a woman with severe dementia into a car. But this was no community outing to the beach....

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Maryland General Assembly overrides Governor’s veto of earned sick leave…

More Marylanders will now be able to earn sick leave, thanks to this week’s veto override of the Healthy Working Families Act. Today the Maryland Senate voted 30-17 to...

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Court decision will make it harder for debt buyers to…

Imagine this: you’re reviewing your paystub and something doesn’t look quite right. With a little digging, you discover that a debt buyer is garnishing your wages. Unbeknownst to you,...

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Drywall workers’ victory sets standard for holding joint employers responsible…

Employers will no longer be able to skirt their responsibilities to employees through layers of subcontracting, thanks to a recent ruling from the Court of Appeals for the Fourth...

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Major Settlement Approved to Improve Baltimore Jail’s Medical Care, Facilities

U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander today approved the settlement agreement in Duvall v. Hogan, the class-action suit on behalf of detainees in the Baltimore City Detention Center. The...

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Baltimore County signs agreement with HUD to end decades of…

Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., the NAACP of Baltimore Co., three residents of Baltimore Co. and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development have signed an agreement with Baltimore Co....

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Baltimore tenants succeed in their fight against management company’s collection…

BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore City tenants have settled a class-action lawsuit against rental management company Sage Management, LLC, fourteen months after asserting that the landlord engaged in the anti-consumer...

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