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NWLC Files Groundbreaking Complaints Against Four Companies for Sex Discrimination in Long-Term Care Insurance

January 16, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) filed sex discrimination complaints against four of the country’s largest insurance companies – Genworth Financial, John Hancock, Transamerica and Mutual of Omaha – in response to their recently-announced practice to begin “gender rating” long-term care insurance policies, or charging women more than men for the same coverage simply because they are women. These complaints are believed to be the first to challenge gender rating in long-term care insurance under the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that prohibits sex discrimination in health care.

House Judiciary Committee to Mark Up Dangerous and Misleading Bill that Threatens Women's Health

January 15, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) This morning, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up H.R. 7, which twists the tax code to impose a devastating tax increase on some families and small businesses that want comprehensive insurance plans that include coverage of abortion.  

Confirmation Of Robert Wilkins Gives D.C. Circuit Court Full Complement Of Judges

January 13, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) The Senate voted earlier today to confirm Judge Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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

All of December's Weak Job Growth Went to Women for First Time in Six Years, but Gains are Mostly Low Wage, NWLC Analysis Shows

January 10, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  All of December’s net job gains went to women—but overall job growth was weak and women’s gains were concentrated in low-wage sectors, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

DOD's New Report Shows Decrease in Number of Sexual Assault Reports at Military Academies, Underscoring Need for Military Justice Improvement Act, Says NWLC

January 10, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Department of Defense (DOD) released its Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies for the Academic Program Year (APY) 2012-2013, which shows a decrease in the number of sexual assault reports from 80 in APY 2011-2012 to 70 in APY 2012-2013. 

NWLC Supports Debo Adegbile's Nomination to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division in Department of Justice

January 8, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

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

NWLC Hails the Bi-Partisan Reconfirmation of Chai Feldblum as EEOC Commissioner

December 13, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Senate, in a 54-41 bi-partisan vote, confirmed to a second term Chai Feldblum as Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

The following is a statement by Marcia Greenberger, NWLC Co-President:

NWLC Applauds Confirmation of Cornelia Pillard to D.C. Circuit Court

December 12, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) The Senate voted earlier today to confirm Professor Cornelia (Nina) Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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

Peace Corps' Rescission of Discriminatory Pregnancy Policy is a Positive Step, Says NWLC

December 11, 2013

 (Washington, D.C.)  Today, the Peace Corps rescinded its discriminatory policy that prevented pregnant Peace Corps volunteers from continuing their service.  Previously the policy reflected a presumption that pregnant volunteers could not continue to serve in the Peace Corps; Peace Corps volunteers with other medical conditions were not subject to this presumption.  The previous policy also required Peace Corps supervisors to determine whether a pregnant volunteer could continue to serve effectively after the birth of a child while no such inquiry was required to be made of expectant fathers.  The National Women’s Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union had advocated for the Peace Corps to rescind this outdated and unfair policy.

NWLC Applauds Confirmation of Patricia Millett to D.C. Circuit Court

December 10, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) By a vote of 56-38, the Senate voted earlier today to confirm Patricia A. Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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