Dariely RodriguezDirector, Economic Justice Project
Dariely Rodriguez is director of the Economic Justice Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law where she leads the Committee’s efforts to combat discrimination in employment, healthcare (including reproductive services), and economic opportunities on behalf of communities of color, including women and LGBTQ individuals. In this capacity, she serves as plaintiff-side counsel in various impact litigation matters including Long v. SEPTA, a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Transportation Authority’s background check process. Dariely has co-authored or otherwise significantly contributed to amicus briefs before the Supreme Court, including in June Medical Services L.L.C v. Gee, Comcast Corp. v. Nat’l Ass’n of African Am.-Owned Media, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. V. Colo. Civil Rights Comm’n and Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, and other federal courts. Dariely is co-chair of the Employment Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the national umbrella organization of American civil rights groups.
Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Ms. Rodriguez worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. There she prosecuted affirmative civil rights cases in the areas of disability access, immigration services fraud, consumer racial profiling, language access, employment discrimination and reproductive rights. Ms. Rodriguez successfully prosecuted employment discrimination matters on behalf of underrepresented groups, including women in blue collar positions, and minorities in the film and television production industry. She also handled three major retail accessibility matters that resulted in settlement agreements requiring over sixty shopping centers throughout the State of New York to become accessible to individuals with disabilities; and served as the lead attorney in the high-profile investigations and resolutions of consumer profiling allegations against two national retailers. During her tenure at the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Rodriguez served as Co-Chair of the Office’s internal equal employment opportunity committee. In this role, she oversaw the review and investigation of internal employee complaints for a workforce of more than 2,000 employees and significantly contributed to its office-wide EEO training initiative.
Prior to joining the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Rodriguez worked in private practice for several years as an employment attorney. Ms. Rodriguez began her career clerking in the New Jersey Superior Court – Civil Division. She received her J.D. from Hofstra Law School where she was a LatCrit Scholar and the recipient of the Dwight L. Greene full tuition scholarship for minority rights advocacy. She received her B.A. from New York University.