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NWLC Files Title IX Complaint Against DC Public Schools For Failing to Give High School Girls Equal Athletic Opportunities

June 28, 2013

(Washington, D.C.)  The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) are failing to give high school girls equal athletic opportunities under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs, according to an administrative complaint by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and attorneys from Crowell & Moring and Lowenstein Sandler LLP.   The Center’s review of DCPS data, obtained from Freedom of Information Act requests, coupled with extensive interviews with parents of high school girls, reveal a widespread, systemic failure affecting every District high school, including a lack of teams, less qualified coaches, and lack of adequate facilities for girls. 

10th Circuit Announces Decision in Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Coverage Case

June 27, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) Earlier today, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, en banc, announced its decision in the case brought by Hobby Lobby challenging aspects of the requirement that it must cover contraceptives for its employees under the Affo

NWLC Hails Supreme Court's Historic Decision in Marriage Equality Case

June 26, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Supreme Court handed down its decisions in United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.

National Women's Law Center Decries Supreme Court Decision in Shelby County v. Holder

June 25, 2013

(Washington, D.C.)  Today the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, which was reauthorized by overwhelming, bipartisan majorities in Congress only seven years ago. 

U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Issues New Guidance to Help Protect the Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Students, Says NWLC

June 25, 2013

Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance to all federally funded education programs on the Title IX rights of students who are pregnant or parents. 

Supreme Court Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Retains Use of Vitally Important Diversity Policies By Colleges and Universities

June 24, 2013

(Washington, DC)  Today, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The 7-1 decision, written by Justice Kennedy, reaffirms the ability for educational institutions to consider race as one among a number of factors in a university’s admissions criteria to achieve the many educational benefits that stem from a diverse student body.

NWLC Decries Supreme Court's Title VII Decisions in Vance v. Ball State University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar

June 24, 2013

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the Supreme Court handed down its decisions in two Title VII cases, Vance v. Ball State University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, limiting the protections available to employees in both cases in narrow 5-4 votes.

NWLC Supports Nomination of Cathy Russell as Ambassador For Global Women's Issues

June 20, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the nomination of Catherine Russell to be Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is pleased to support this highly qualified nominee.

Rep. Frank's Bill Would Impose Dangerous, Unconstitutional Limits on Women's Health Care

June 18, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on H.R. 1797, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks, putting women’s lives and health at risk.

New Report Highlights Employers' Discrimination Against Pregnant Workers, Refusal to Make Basic Accommodations

June 18, 2013

Pregnant workers are facing discrimination on a routine basis, according to a new report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and A Better Balance (ABB). It Shouldn’t Be a Heavy Lift:  Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers shows that many employers are refusing to make basic accommodations that they routinely give workers with disabilities or on-the-job injuries.