Founder of The Libra Project
1997 Global Fellow
An initiative to advance the workplace rights of persons with psychiatric disabilities through direct services, public education, litigation, and other advocacy, the Libra (Lifting Invisible Barriers Through Reasonable Accommodation) Project remains a core part of the disability rights program at The Legal Aid Society — Employment Law Center.
Claudia Center has been with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center since 1995, where she litigates cases that secure workplace accommodations and increase protections for workers with disabilities. She is also actively involved in appellate work. Claudia played a key role in the passage of an amendment to the FEHA that succeeded in broadening protections for persons with disabilities in employment and housing. In fall 2001, Claudia argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in US Airways, Inc. v. Barnett, a case that clarified in a positive manner the scope of “reasonable accommodations” for disabled employees. In 1997, she started the LIBRA Project, a special initiative to advance the employment rights of persons with mental health conditions. Prior to coming to the LAS–ELC, Ms. Center was a staff attorney at the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) in Washington, D.C. and a recipient of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship.