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Women’s Unemployment Rises, Women’s Job Gains Slow in July, NWLC Analysis Shows

August 1, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Women gained just one-third of the 209,000 jobs added in July and their unemployment increased to 5.7 percent, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

President Obama’s Executive Order Protects Workers and Gives Them and the Economy a Greater Shot at Success, Says NWLC

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.  

Walmart's Change in Policy Still Discriminates Against Pregnant Workers, Legal Advocates Say

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.  

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What Happened When a Student Told Her Campus Health Center She Was Sexually Assaulted

August 18, 2014

Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center, points to the problem here: that the student didn't know that by talking to the doctor about the alleged assault, she had "reported" to the university.

The Huffington Post

Still Exempt From Title IX

August 12, 2014

But now, nearly 35 years after the graduation of the service academies’ first female students, there are many women who need Title IX's protections, said Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center. “The exemption is built into the statute, but you should have to show that you still need that,” Chaudhry said.

Inside Higher Ed

State Lawmakers Mulling Hobby Lobby Response

August 7, 2014

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