Skip to contentNational Women's Law Center

How You Can Help

Making News go to news page »

July 31, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today President Obama will sign an executive order directing agencies awarding federal contracts to take into account potential contractors' compliance with civil rights, wage and hour, collective bargaining and health and safety laws and requiring contractors to publicly disclose previous violations of those laws. The order will require contractors to provide information on pay stubs each pay period so employees can determine whether their paychecks are accurate. The President will also prohibit companies with contracts of more than $1 million from forcing their employees to arbitrate violations of federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, or religion or tort claims arising out of sexual harassment or sexual assault.  

July 31, 2014

 (Washington, D.C.)  Walmart’s recent refusal to accommodate the medical needs of a pregnant worker demonstrates that its March 2014 revision of its written pregnancy accommodation policy for all United States employees has failed to remedy the superstore’s continuing practice of pregnancy discrimination, according to a letter sent to the company and made public today by the National Women’s Law Center, A Better Balance, and Mehri & Skalet, PLLC. In order to comply with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Walmart must make temporary accommodations available to all pregnant workers with a medical need for them, just as Walmart accommodates other medical needs, so pregnant workers are not forced to choose between their health and their job, the advocates say.  

Our Impact

I worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for close to two decades. I was paid less than my male co-workers the entire time—even though I was doing the same work they were and doing it well. Near the end of my time there, I received an anonymous note alerting me to the discrimination, and I decided to fight for justice, with the help of the National Women's Law Center and its allies.

LaShonda Davis says, “NWLC took my case all the way to the Supreme Court and won. As a result, other students who are harassed will get the help that I didn’t, and schools will do more to protect students.”

Our Take

Our Blog go to Blog »

These are some of the findings in National Women’s Law Center’s new report Underpaid & Overloaded: Women in Low-Wage Jobs, which analyzes the low-wage workforce (people working in jobs that pay $10.10 per hour or less). The report is full of new data, which you can also explore in our new interactive graphic and map. It also has solutions for how we can lighten the load for low-wage workers. 

Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ briefing entitled “Enforcement of Sexual Harassment Policy at Educational Institutions by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.”

Some of the panelists’ testimony and commissioners’ lines of questioning voiced concerns that enforcement of Title IX’s protections against sex discrimination by educational institutions in the sexual harassment context infringed upon the First Amendment rights of students on college campuses. However, as NWLC’s Vice President for Education and Employment, Fatima Goss Graves, made clear in her testimony, Title IX is consistent with the First Amendment and schools can comply with their obligations under Title IX without unconstitutionally infringing on the free speech rights of students.

Our Tweets go to Twitter »

Who's in the low-wage workforce? Nearly half are WOC; half work full-time; 4/5 have high school degrees http://t.co/lGTHF1JPg6 #WomenAtWork
1 hour 51 min ago
Servicewomen and their families deserve comprehensive contraceptive coverage & birth control counseling without co-pay. #fem2
13 hours 37 min ago
President Obama’s Executive Order protects workers & gives them and the economy a greater shot at success: http://t.co/lWfPeVQm6B
15 hours 37 min ago