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Veterans with Disabilities ToolkitDownload the Veterans with Disabilites Toolkit

If you are one of the more than half a million veterans who have experienced burns, amputations, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or any other condition that substantially limits your life activities, you have the right to housing that suits your needs.

The federal Fair Housing Act protects the rights of veterans with disabilities who are seeking equal access to housing. Under the Fair Housing Act, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as: seeing, hearing, working, and/or the operation of major bodily functions.

Read an accessible version of the Veterans with Disabilites Toolkit >>

ERC Files Lawsuit against Major U.S. Retailer for Lack of Accessible Stores Nationwide

Yesterday, the Equal Rights Center (ERC) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Kohl’s Corporation and Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. (Kohl’s), a Wisconsin-based department store retail chain. The suit alleges that Kohl’s violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the New York Human Rights Law by discriminating against customers with mobility disabilities at department store locations nationwide.

Read the press release here.

2013 Annual ReportRead the ERC's 2013 Annual Report. 

The Equal Rights Center has released its 2013 Annual Report. Catch up on the year's highlights and learn more about the ERC's work and mission. 

Click here to download a free copy.






For Civil Minds, the ERC's blog

Read the ERC's blog, For Civil Minds, to learn more about a variety of civil rights issues. The blog is updated frequently so remember to keep checking back for new stories and topics.

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RELEASE: Major CAP Report Outlines Discrimination Against LGBT People; Calls for Legislation to Extend Protections

Last week, the Center for American Progress released a fairly comprehensive new report outlining the pervasive discrimination against LGBT individuals in core facets of American life. The report details discrimination against the LGBT community in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and credit, and calls for major legislation to extend protections to all Americans.

ERC Corporate Partner Donates $100K to USO for Concert

ERC corporate partner Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) presented the USO with a $100,000 donation in September to help bring platinum recording artist Trace Adkins to Fort Hood, Texas, for a concert on Nov. 1. 

New Report Assesses Human Rights Protections in DC Metro Area

In an effort to raise awareness about the civil rights protections available in the D.C. metro area, to empower people to assert the rights they have, and to call on public officials to strengthen the rights available in their jurisdictions, a report titled Protecting Civil Rights in the DC Region: A Comparative Assessment of State and Local Human Rights Laws was released today by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC), with assistance from BuckleySandler LLP and a number of other area law firms.

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