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NWLC Lauds Qunnipiac University's Settlement of Title IX Lawsuit and Commitment to Increase Athletic Opportunities for Women

April 26, 2013

(Washington, D.C.)  The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) applauds the settlement announced today in the Title IX class action lawsuit Biediger, et al v. Quinnipiac University.  Quinnipiac has agreed to retain all of its women’s teams (including volleyball, which it had previously dropped and attempted to replace with competitive cheerleading), provide more scholarships to female athletes, and improve the overall benefits provided to its women’s teams.   

Peace Corps Equity Act Expands Access to Needed Reproductive Health Care

April 25, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today applauded the introduction of the Peace Corps Equity Act (PCEA) by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D – N.J.). This important legislation will ensure that women serving in the Peace Corps can receive needed reproductive health care in cases of rape and incest and when the woman’s life is at risk.

National Women's Law Center Applauds Introduction of MARCH Act for Military Women

April 23, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today applauded the introduction of the Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health (MARCH) for Military Women Act by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D – N.Y.). This legislation would address a long-standing inequity faced by military women seeking abortion services.

NWLC Submits Brief In Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, Supporting Contraceptive Coverage Benefit

April 22, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today submitted an amicus brief to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation v. Sebelius.

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.