Skip to contentNational Women's Law Center

NWLC In the News

When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job

April 17, 2014

Emily Martin, general counsel for the National Women's Law Center, disagrees. "Unfortunately, a lot of employers don't understand that they have legal obligations," she says.

Which is why, she adds, the law needs more clarity. Martin says employers that don't comply are often in low-wage professions like retail and food service or in male-dominated industries.


Wake County Schools may add more volleyball teams

April 17, 2014

The National Women’s Law Center filed a complaint against Wake and 11 other U.S. school systems in November 2010. Wake’s voluntary agreement contains no admission of discrimination by Wake or finding of fault by federal officials.

News Observer

Treating pregnant workers right

April 16, 2014

Under HB 8, employers must provide reasonable accommodations, such as more frequent water and bathroom breaks. Full- and part-time workers could request less physically-taxing duties and more flexibility in their schedules.

Chicago Sun-Times

Lawsuit: Forced on maternity leave, forced to return before baby is due

April 16, 2014

The Pier 1 case is hardly unusual, said Emily Martin of the National Women’s Law Center, and is symptomatic of a larger, national disgrace.

Los Angeles Times

Judge rules North Dakota's ban on abortions after 6 weeks unconstitutional

April 16, 2014

An Arizona measure that sought to ban abortions starting at 20 weeks and an Arkansas ban of abortions after about 12 weeks were also struck down recently by federal judges.  The Arkansas and North Dakota measures were the strictest measures passed in 2013, the National Women’s Law Center said.

Los Angeles Times

Study: Less-schooled whites lose longevity

April 16, 2014

"Manufacturing traditionally had somewhat higher pay, but also more stability -- the dependability of steady employment," said Joan Entmacher, vice president for family economic security at the National Women's Law Center. In early 1990, manufacturing represented 17 percent of the jobs in Georgia. At the start of this year, it accounted for 8 percent.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Abortion Coverage Details Hard To Find On Marketplace Plans

April 15, 2014

“It’s not in the template, and plans are just following that,” says Gretchen Borchelt, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. “I think it’s a lack of awareness on their part, a lack of familiarity with what should be included.”

“In the past, abortion information wasn’t common, partly because it was just covered as part of regular health care,” says Borchelt.

Kaiser Health News

Arise America for April 9, 2014

April 15, 2014

Interview with NWLC’s Kate Gallagher-Robbins about women in the economy.

Arise America

Q&A about the wage gap: and yes, discrimination plays a role

April 15, 2014

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- An earlier post about the wage gap in Ohio and the United States, based on an analysis by the National Women's Law Center, prompted several readers to ask why the organization had chosen to focus on comparing median wages to show inequality. We posed this and other questions about the wage gap to Kate Gallagher Robbins, a NWLC senior policy analyst.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Why We Can’t Strip Race Out of the Gender Wage Gap Conversation

April 15, 2014

We know that race dramatically shapes wages—that’s part of why it gets lumped into the explained category. Using Census information, the National Women’s Law Center found that African-American men make 73 percent of what white men make, on average, and African-American women make 64 percent.

The Nation