10 Civ 6350 (SDNY)

Background:  This class action was filed in August 2010 against NYC Human Resources Administration and NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, on behalf of thousands of recipients of Safety Net Assistance living in households with children, whose public assistance benefits were unlawfully reduced or discontinued pursuant to incorrect and deficient notices that imposed excessively long sanctions for alleged violations of the public assistance employment requirements.  Plaintiffs seek an injunction ordering Defendants to refrain from issuing such incorrect notices, delete all sanctions imposed upon members of the plaintiff class pursuant to such incorrect notices, restore lost benefits to all members of the plaintiff class who were unlawfully sanctioned pursuant to these notices, and revise their notices to contain information necessary to allow recipients to understand and meaningfully challenge such penalties in the future.

Current Status: The parties are exploring settlement possibilities.

NYLAG Co-counsel: Legal Aid Society; Cooley LLP