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National Women's Law Center Submits Brief in Annex Medical v. Sebelius, Supporting Contraceptive Coverage Benefit

April 19, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today submitted an amicus brief to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Annex Medical Inc. v. Sebelius. At the heart of the case is whether a for-profit company must comply with an important benefit in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that ensures women access to insurance coverage for birth control without any out-of-pocket costs.

NWLC Joins Title IX Lawsuit Against Michigan Public School For Failing To Address Student's Sexual Assault

April 18, 2013

(Washington, D.C.)  Today the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), together with the Michigan law firm Smietanka, Buckleitner, Steffes and Gezon, filed a Title IX lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan against the Forest Hills School District outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan for failing to respond to the sexual assault of a high school student on school premises and the subsequent cyber-bullying and on-campus harassment suffered by the teenage girl. 

NWLC Urges Senate Committee to Support Nomination of Tom Perez for Secretary of Labor

April 18, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) This morning, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is slated to hold a confirmation hearing for Tom Perez, the current Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and nominee to be the next Secretary of Labor.

Supreme Court Decision in Genesis v. Symczyk Creates Uncertainty for Workers

April 16, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, ruling that when an employee seeks to bring a class action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and her own claim becomes “moot” before other employees have had an opportunity to join the case, the case will end, providing no relief for the other employees on whose behalf she filed suit.

Public Strongly Supports States Accepting Federal Funds to Cover More People Through Medicaid

April 9, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) In a new national survey sponsored by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF), a strong majority said their state should accept federal dollars included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to cover more uninsured people through Medicaid.

NWLC and Supporters Submit Unprecedented Number of Comments on Contraceptive Coverage

April 8, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) This morning, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and other leading women’s health and advocacy organizations submitted nearly 350,000 comments to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in support of ensuring women’s access to birth control without co-pays or hassles, regardless of where they work.

NWLC Applauds Court Decision to Expand Access to Emergency Contraception

April 5, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) This morning, a federal judge ruled that emergency contraception, or the “morning-after pill,” must be made available over the counter for all ages, ending the practice of requiring girls 16 and under to obtain a prescription.

Women Gain 25,000 Net Jobs in March, Lose 12,000 in Manufacturing, NWLC Analysis Shows

April 5, 2013

(Washington, D.C.)  Women gained 25,000 of the 88,000 jobs added in March, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released this morning.  Women’s largest losses in March were in manufacturing (-12,000), adding to their losses in the recovery (see: Still No Recovery for Women in the Manufacturing Sector).  Since January 2010, the economy has gained over a half million manufacturing jobs — men have gained 557,000, while women have actually lost 36,000. 

NWLC Analysis Shows Striking Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Gender Wage Gaps

April 4, 2013

(Washington, D.C.)  The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today released a comprehensive analysis of the gender wage gap, revealing especially striking racial and ethnic disparities.

NWLC Files EEOC Complaint on Behalf of Pregnant Hospital Worker Forced to Take Unpaid Leave in Florida

March 28, 2013

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the National Women’s Law Center filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of Amy Crosby, a 30 year-old pregnant hospital cleaner in Tallahassee, Florida who was forced to take unpaid leave when her employer, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, refused to accommodate her doctor’s request that she not lift more than 20 pounds because of her pregnancy.