MFJ in the News

ACLU Represents MFY in FOIA Appeal

MFY has retained the ACLU to represent it in an administrative FOIA appeal.  On April 24, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) refused to disclose consumers’ complaints narratives and CFPB’s follow-up to the complaints under FOIA’s privacy exemption (Exemption 6) in response to MFY’s inquiry.  In its appeal, the ACLU has challenged such a …

MFY Supports Amending Law to Help Kinship Caregivers

MFY supports amendments to Domestic Relations Law 72 to give relative caregivers (e.g. aunts, uncles, older siblings, etc.) the same rights as grandparents when seeking legal guardianship or custody of a related child who has been in their care for two years or more.

Court Opinion Will Help Workers Win Unpaid Wage Claims

MFY applauds the First Department’s decision in Bonito v. Avalon to hold employers who profit from unpaid wages accountable, affirming rules that make it harder to hide behind corporate shells when workers sue.  MFY and six other worker advocacy groups filed an amicus curiae brief in the case.

MFY Joins Call for Real Minimum Wage Increase

At a press conference on May 30, 2013, MFY joined advocacy groups and low-wage workers in calling on New York State to ensure that all workers, including those who receive tips, receive a real increase in minimum wages and that the state address the backlog in minimum wage and overtime pay complaints from workers.

MFY & Cardozo Students Aid Sandy Victims

An article in describes how MFY attorneys and Cardozo Law School students teamed up to help Hurricane Sandy victims. Students assisted MFY attorneys in helping clients while earning hours toward their requirement of 50 hours of pro bono service.

MFY Opposes Rent Hikes for SROs

In testimony before the NYC Rent Guidelines Board, MFY urged the city to protect Single Room Occupancy dwellings, the housing of last resort for single New Yorkers living in poverty.