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Slower Job Growth Underscores Need for Investment, Says NWLC

October 2, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September jobs report. The following is a quote from Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security, National Women’s Law Center:

UPS Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case, Marking the End of Peggy Young’s Nine-Year Legal Battle

October 1, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Peggy Young reached a resolution of all claims in Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, which was argued in the Supreme Court in December, 2014.  The case raised for the first time the issue of whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer to give light duty to a worker if she needs it because of pregnancy when the employer provides light duty to workers with similar limitations in their ability to work stemming from disability or on-the-job injury. In a 6-3 decision in March, 2015, the Supreme Court remanded Peggy Young’s case, allowing her to press her claim in further proceedings.

Extreme Anti-Abortion Senators Fail to Pass Cruel, Unconstitutional Bill Banning Abortion after 20 Weeks

September 22, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) Today, anti-abortion Senators failed in their attempt to pass a nationwide ban on abortion after 20 weeks, which would have put women’s lives and health at risk. The bill was a dangerous attempt to deny women access to reproductive health care and a blatantly unconstitutional challenge to Roe v. Wade. It would have banned certain pre-viability abortions outright, violating established constitutional protections.

Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood is Yet Another Extreme Attack on Women’s Health Care, NWLC Says

September 18, 2015

(Washington, DC) – In yet another effort to undermine Planned Parenthood Federation of America and access to abortion, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 241-187-1 today to cut off women’s ability to receive critical preventive health care from a highly-trusted provider, Planned Parenthood. The bill would deny affordable, essential health care to not only millions of women, but also to men and young people. In a parallel attack on women’s health care, the House voted 248-177-1 to pass a second bill that is designed to scare medical providers away from providing abortions.  The language in the bill is so broad and vague that the legal obligations it would create for providers are unclear, yet the bill imposes harsh criminal penalties on providers that violate it.

NWLC Decries Outlier Appeals Court Ruling in Contraceptive Coverage Case

September 17, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in an appeal involving two non-profit organizations, CNS International Ministries, Inc., and Heartland Christian College, challenging the accommodation provided to them and other non-profit entities with religious objections to the birth control coverage

NWLC Applauds Navy Secretary Decision on Combat Jobs for Women

September 16, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)—Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said earlier this week that the Navy will not ask for any exceptions to the Department of Defense policy that requires all military assignments to be open to women by Jan. 1, 2016 unless an exception is approved by the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In announcing his decision, Secretary Mabus said that the results of a Marine Corps study of 400 volunteers–300 men and 100 women–who engaged in a series of tactical tests were helpful in setting standards for physically demanding combat  jobs that had never had standards before, but are not a basis for excluding women who meet these standards.   According to a brief summary of the study released by the Marine Corps, all-male teams performed better on most of the tasks than mixed-gender teams.

One in Seven Women Lives in Poverty, Wage Gap Remains Stagnant, ACA Improves Women’s Health Coverage, Says NWLC

September 16, 2015

 September 16, 2015 (Washington, D.C.)  More than 18 million women lived in poverty last year, according to an analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data also showed that women working full time, year round, were typically paid only 79 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. Women’s uninsurance rates declined across the board, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  

NWLC Welcomes New Pay Transparency Rule

September 10, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)—Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized its rule to implement President Obama’s Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors, which employ close to one-quarter of the U.S. workforce, from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay. The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program at the National Women’s Law Center:

NWLC Praises New Paid Sick Leave Rule

September 7, 2015

Today President Obama announced an executive order that would require federal contractors, which employ nearly one-quarter of the workforce, to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave a year, whether the leave was used to care for themselves or their family members.  He also announced that later this week the Department of Labor would finalize a rule giving federal contract workers new tools to secure equal pay.

Statement By NWLC Co-President on the Death of Lynn Walker Huntley

September 4, 2015

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

The National Women's Law Center mourns the loss of Lynn Walker Huntley, a visionary civil rights leader and dynamic activist who improved the lives and futures for countless numbers of people most in need across the globe. Those of us at the Center who had the privilege and good fortune of working with Lynn first did so most closely when she spent over a decade at the Ford Foundation, where she ultimately led the Foundation’s Rights and Social Justice Program. My colleagues and I were able to learn from Lynn’s broad experience and impressive sense of strategy honed from her early days at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where she litigated a range of racial justice cases, including serving on the litigating team of the landmark Supreme Court challenge to the death penalty, Georgia v. Furman, and beyond. She was a dedicated supporter of expanding legal rights for women and was a strong force for eliminating the barriers confronting women, and especially women of color and poor women facing great odds. She approached her critically important work with the diligence and seriousness of purpose it warranted, but also brought a lightness of spirit, sharp wit and humor to the task that allowed her to be uniquely effective.