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National Women's Law Center Supports Change to Employer Accommodation Rule That Will Protect Women's Ability to Get Birth Control

August 22, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, in response to recent Supreme Court rulings on contraceptive coverage, the Obama Administration announced it will issue a rule that accommodates non-profit organizations with religious objections to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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.  

NWLC Applauds Members of Congress for Seeking to Address Sexual Assault on Campus

July 30, 2014

(Washington D.C.) Today, a bipartisan group in the Senate, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act; and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), together with Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA),

NWLC Applauds Bill that Ensures that All Women Who Rely on the Military for Health Care Get Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage and Counseling

July 30, 2014

 (Washington, D.C.) Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and 15 other Senators introduced the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act, a critical piece of legislation that will ensure that all women who rely on the military for health care receive comprehensive contraceptive coverage and counseling. The bill will give these women equal access to the same comprehensive birth control coverage, education and counseling at no cost to them that all other federal employees and tens of millions of other women now enjoy, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The bill also ensures that servicewomen will receive comprehensive family planning counseling and are provided the information they need to plan if and when to have a child.

Regardless of Education Level, Women Make Up Disproportionate Share of Low-Wage Workforce, NWLC Report Reveals

July 30, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Despite superior educational credentials, women are two-thirds of workers in low-wage jobs that typically pay $10.10 per hour or less, according to a new report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC).  The report reveals that regardless of their education level, age, marital or parental status, race, ethnicity, or national origin, women’s shares of the low-wage workforce are larger than those of their male counterparts.  Especially striking is the finding that women need a bachelor’s degree to avoid being overrepresented in low-wage jobs—while men only need to finish high school.

 “Our startling and disturbing findings belie the conventional wisdom that women are thriving in today’s economy and underscore a basic fact:  the job and income prospects for many women are bleak,” said Joan Entmacher, NWLC Vice President for Family Economic Security.   “Women are underpaid and overloaded with stress from low incomes, high caregiving responsibilities, and employers and policy makers who still don’t get it.”

NWLC Applauds Senate Confirmation of Pamela Harris to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

July 28, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today the Senate confirmed Pamela Harris to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who becomes only the sixth woman to be confirmed to this important court. Ms. Harris is an experienced appellate litigator, who has extensive experience in private practice, government service, and academia.

NWLC Files Title IX Complaint Against Georgia High School for Discriminating Against a Pregnant Student

July 24, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today filed a complaint on behalf of 18-year-old high school student Mikelia Seals against Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School (WWCHS) and the Wilkes County Schools (WCS) in Washington, Georgia for violating Title IX—the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. 

NWLC Applauds New Legislation to Give Workers a Say in When They Work and Curb Unpredictable Work Schedules That Hurt Workers and Their Families

July 22, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, members of the House and Senate will introduce the Schedules That Work Act, groundbreaking legislation that would give workers a say in their schedules and curb the most abusive scheduling practices that make it hard for many workers to cobble together enough hours to support their families or plan their lives.  The bill would require employers to put a simple system in place for all employees to make scheduling requests, which employers would have to respond to within a reasonable time frame. And it would require employers to accommodate requests for schedule changes due to caregiving responsibilities, being in school, an employee’s serious health condition, and a part-time employee’s need for a second job unless there is a legitimate business reason not to do so.