Determined whether welfare recipients who must work in public "workfare" jobs in order to receive welfare benefits are protected against sexual harassment and discrimination in those jobs by Title VII, the federal law against employment discrimination.
This case resulted in a landmark decision holding that welfare recipients who are required to work in exchange for receiving their welfare benefits are employees who are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits employment discrimination. In February 2004, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision that workfare employees are protected by Title VII. Subsequently the parties reached a settlement providing prospective relief to all New York City workfare participants and a significant financial award to each of our clients. Legal Momentum’s co-counsel were the Welfare Law Center and Daniel D. Leddy, Jr.