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NWLC Applauds D.C. Circuit Court Decision Extending Basic Labor Protections to Home Care Workers

August 21, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld Department of Labor regulations extending the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to nearly two million home care workers, in Home Care Association of America vs. Weil, reversing a lower court decision. Nearly 90 percent of home care workers are women, and of these women, 57 percent are women of color and nearly one-quarter live in poverty. The National Women’s Law Center joined an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the regulations are consistent with amendments to the FLSA that expanded coverage for domestic service employees in part to provide fair treatment for the low-income women and minorities who comprise the majority of these workers. 

NWLC Applauds Appointment of First Openly Trans White House Official

August 18, 2015

(Washington, DC) National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) staff member Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been appointed as an Outreach and Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. She is the first openly transgender official in history to serve in the White House.

Connecticut Insurance Department Corrects Discriminatory and Illegal Insurance Practices with Policy that Secures Essential Infertility Benefits

August 13, 2015

(Washington, DC)  Today, Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Katharine L. Wade announced new state health insurance guidance that will ensure that Connecticut insurance companies cover infertility treatment, when medically appropriate, for women and men ages 40 and older. This new policy requires private health insurers to remove current discriminatory age limits on this benefit and implements the clear intent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Commissioner Wade said in a statement Thursday. The guidance follows the National Women’s Law Center April 2015 report, which analyzed insurance company documents for health plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces and exposed numerous violations of ACA requirements for women’s health coverage in 15 states, including Connecticut.

Federal Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Girl Raped as Part of Sting Operation Orchestrated by School Officials

August 12, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a unanimous decision in favor of the female plaintiff who was raped as an eighth grader by a male student in an Alabama middle school in the case Hill v. Madison County School Board. The Court's decision gives a green-light to the young woman to proceed to trial with her claim that the school's outrageous response to her student-on-student sexual harassment  resulted in her rape and violated her rights under Title IX and the U.S. Constitution. The National Women's Law Center represented the plaintiff together with co-counsel Mastando & Artrip, LLC, arguing against the school board and school officials and urging today's result. The U.S. Department of Justice also filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the plaintiff.

Two-Thirds of Low-Wage Jobs Added in July Went to Women, NWLC Analysis Shows

August 7, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Women accounted for two-thirds of the 66,000 jobs added in low-wage sectors in July, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

 “Two-thirds of the low-wage jobs added last month were filled by women and accounted for a disproportionate share of their job gains,” said Joan Entmacher, NWLC Vice President for Family Economic Security. “These jobs in retail and leisure & hospitality often leave workers struggling to survive and subject them to unpredictable work schedules. Lawmakers need to take action to improve the wages and quality of low-wage jobs, ensure that women receive equal pay, and eliminate the barriers that still limit women’s access to higher-paying, nontraditional jobs.”

The National Women’s Law Center Appoints Fatima Goss Graves as Senior Vice-President for Program

August 4, 2015

(Washington, DC)  The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has appointed Fatima Goss Graves to the newly created position of Senior Vice-President for Program, where she will lead the Center’s broad program agenda, NWLC said today. As Vice President for Education and Employment at the Center since 2009, Goss Graves led the Center’s anti-discrimination initiatives, including work to promote equal pay, combat harassment and sexual assault at work and at school, and advance equal access to education programs, with a particular focus on outcomes for women and girls of color.

Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood is Shameful Attack on Women’s Health, Says NWLC

August 3, 2015

(Washington, DC) Today, the Senate did not advance a bill to defund Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The bill would have taken away affordable and essential health care for millions of women, men, and young people, and deny them life-saving diagnostic tools.

91 Organizations Join the National Women’s Law Center in Publicly Declaring Strong Support for Planned Parenthood in a Letter to Congressional Leadership

July 27, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the National Women’s Law Center sent a letter to congressional leadership, on behalf of 91 organizations, showing strong support for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  The organizations represent a broad range of perspectives, including advocates of women’s rights and health, health care providers, communities of color, faith communities, and unions, which recognize Planned Parenthood’s critical role in providing health care to millions of American women and men.  

National Women’s Law Center Statement on the Death of Sandra Bland

July 23, 2015

(Washington, DC) Sandra Bland was a friend, a daughter, a sorority sister, and a colleague. She was on her way home from a job interview for a position she had just been offered when she was pulled over for a minor traffic violation. She was then arrested and a few days later found dead in her jail cell. She was 28 years old.

The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center:

 “Sandra Bland joins the too-long list of African Americans in the United States who have lost their lives in the custody of police. She joins the too-long list of potential unfulfilled and of futures cut short too soon.  She joins the too-long list of African Americans whose talents and skills were taken from their families, communities and country.

“Today, we #SayHerName: because we will never achieve equality and opportunity for women while systemic racism continues to put hurdles on the paths of women of color.  We must continue to confront the race and sex bias that affects women of color, particularly black women and trans women of color, in a uniquely painful and destructive way.  We will continue to #SayHerName.  And as the #BlackLivesMatter conference begins this week, we stand in support of the powerful organizing that is demanding an end to the systemic racism that oppresses all people of color.” 

Groundbreaking Equality Act Will Advance Equal Opportunity and Fair Treatment, Says NWLC

July 23, 2015

(Washington, DC) Today, Congress introduced the Equality Act, historic legislation that includes comprehensive protections promoting fair and equal treatment for LGBT individuals and also strengthens legal protections for women as a whole, closing longstanding gaps in federal antidiscrimination law. The bill aims to ensure that stereotypes about sex and gender—who men and women are and the roles they can play in society—do not deny anyone equal opportunity in major aspects of their lives.