Massachusetts bill would auto-seal criminal records for those who are eligible

June 21, 2022
“The current CORI sealing process has a significant backlog which prevents people from accessing housing and jobs and disproportionately impacts low-income communities and communities of color. The current system is so complicated that people often cannot navigate it without legal assistance,”…

Jury orders construction company to pay $650,000 to immigrant worker in retaliation case

June 21, 2022
"Employers who think that they can take advantage of a worker’s immigration status to undermine their their basic workplace rights... will face serious consequences.” Please click here to read the Boston Globe article.

MBTA still has ‘much work to do’ to make system ADA accessible

June 10, 2022
“'It’s hard to believe that the Daniels-Finegold v. MBTA case is 20 years old,' said lead plaintiff Joanne Daniels-Finegold. 'As we stated in the settlement agreement, a safe, reliable and accessible trip should be and must be afforded to all passengers.' Greater Boston Legal Services, which…

Help Boston’s working families struggling with debt

June 9, 2022
The debt crisis does not always get the attention it deserves, despite its astronomical impact on our community. Many working families often feel shame about being in debt and are hesitant to talk about it. The debt crisis, however, is not driven by profligate spending. It comes from hardworking…

SafeRent accused of unfairly labeling Black, Hispanic applicants high-risk

May 31, 2022
“[W]hile SafeRent considers applicants’ credit history, including credit-related information, including non-tenancy debts, and eviction history in calculating SafeRent Scores,” said Todd Kaplan, Senior Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services, “SafeRent’s algorithm does not consider the financial…

Mayor Christenson Announces Deal Between Mystic Valley Regional Charter School and Tenants

May 19, 2022
"We are pleased that the parties were able to come to a resolution and appreciate Mayor Christenson and Alex Pratt’s willingness to facilitate as mediators and work to ensure that these community members are not displaced from Malden,” said Molly Broderick, an attorney with Greater Boston Legal…

Massachusetts businesses not following COVID-19 sick time program, workers and advocates say

April 11, 2022
"'Without the enforcement, there's always going to be companies to take advantage of that,' [GBLS fellow attorney David] McKenna said. 'It's been totally voluntary cooperation. We try to pressure employers. We tell them it's the law. We tell them they should do it, but it's just totally voluntary…

Draconian state child care assistance leaves too many working poor with debt, advocates say

December 1, 2019
Greater Boston Legal Services is petitioning the state Department of Early Education to revise its child care fee schedule and its policy of terminating parents who fall behind on payments. “We know the second [a] child is terminated from early education, their life becomes exponentially more…

Somerville Activists Seek to Combat Rampant Wage Theft

November 20, 2019
"[GBLS fellow attorney Ben Traslavina], who has been helping craft the language that would essentially replace the existing ordinance, noted that while it's difficult to prosecute employers, cities and towns have power. 'We do have, as a municipality, the power to decide what businesses can work…

'My Family Will Fight': One Cambodian Refugee's Check-In With ICE

October 3, 2019
" ‘I start from nothing to something. I have a home, two pets, a car, and a family. The American dreams. Even though I'm living with fear, I'm still making it work for my family," [GBLS client Saray Im] said. ‘I can't give up.' " Please click here to read the WBUR story.