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Are You There, Congress? It's Me, Slow Job Growth

Posted by Alana Eichner, Program Assistant | Posted on: October 02, 2015 at 03:28 pm

September’s Jobs Data show a growth of 142,000 jobs, 42 percent of which went to women. 142,000 jobs was less than was predicted and this number, combined with a revision of August job gains down to 136,000 from the initial estimate of 173,000, shows an economic recovery that is slowing down. Over the past three months, monthly jobs gains have averaged only 167,000.

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Meditations on the First Monday in October

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: October 02, 2015 at 03:25 pm

This week, in anticipation of the Supreme Court Term beginning next Monday, NWLC has described some of the cases that the Court has decided to review that present issues important to women —including Green v. Brennan, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Union, Fisher v. University of Texas, and Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo — as well as cases implicating reproductive rights that the Court may still decide to take.  NWLC will be making sure throughout the Term that women’s voices and the impact of the Court’s decisions in these cases on women’s lives are heard.

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Will the Supreme Court Take Yet Another Shot at Class Actions?

Posted by Abigail Bar-Lev, Fellow | Posted on: October 02, 2015 at 03:02 pm

The Supreme Court is slated to hear Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo on November 10th. To understand this case, let’s begin by talking about wage theft.

What Is Wage Theft, and What Does It Have to Do with This Case?

Wage theft happens when an employer, in violation of minimum wage or overtime laws, refuses to pay a worker her full earnings for the time that she worked. Maybe the employer falsely states that the employee is an independent contractor who is not subject to overtime laws. Maybe the employer simply does not pay an employee for all the hours she’s worked. Or, as was the case in Tyson Foods, the employer pays the employee for only a part of the time involved in performing a particular task.

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The Supreme Court's Many Opportunities to Stand Up for Reproductive Health This Year

Posted by Rachel Easter, Fellow | Posted on: October 02, 2015 at 02:33 pm

During the 2015 Fall Term, which begins Monday, the Supreme Court will have the opportunity to hear several cases that would directly affect reproductive health.

Pending before the Court are cases about whether your boss can impose his religious beliefs about birth control on you, and cases about whether your right to abortion will depend on your zip code. Most experts, including us, are predicting that the Court will consider one of the birth control cases, and one of the abortion cases. But we do not yet know which of these cases will be heard. So here’s a preview of the issues at stake in the cases, and what it could mean for the Court to take one or more of them.

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Taken Away in Handcuffs for Going to the Doctor

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: October 01, 2015 at 04:30 pm

Earlier this month, Bianca Borrego, an immigrant woman living in Texas went to the gynecologist for a routine appointment. After waiting for two hours, Ms. Borrego was escorted to an exam room where she was met, not by a doctor, but by Harris County deputies. Ms. Borrego was put in handcuffs and then marched through the waiting room where her children still sat.

Ms. Borrego, who entered the country 12 years ago and over stayed her visa, is currently in the Harris County jail. According to her daughter, the deputies told her that she would likely be deported.  The clinic staff apparently called law enforcement because they suspected that her identification was fake. Not only is this a potential violation of patient privacy, such tactics create mistrust between medical providers and their patients.

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Race-Conscious University Admissions Back at the Court, With a Familiar Name

Posted by Abigail Bar-Lev, Fellow | Posted on: October 01, 2015 at 02:23 pm

Although there is no date for oral argument set yet, the Court will once again hear Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin this year and consider the constitutionality of the consideration of race in public university admissions.

Round 1: Diversity in Admissions on the Table

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Wait, Pregnant...Then Screwed?

Posted by Andrea Johnson, Fellow | Posted on: October 01, 2015 at 10:59 am

A new website, ironically, yet all too honestly, named “Pregnant Then Screwed” (“PTS”), was launched earlier this month in the United States after going viral this summer in the U.K. The confessional website is a place for women to anonymously tell their stories of pregnancy discrimination. The website has been around for only a few weeks, but already the stories that are piling up reflect a disturbing reality in the American workforce—employers blatantly discriminating against pregnant workers, downgrading women and pushing them out of the workplace based on patronizing stereotypes about pregnancy, and refusing to make even simple accommodations for pregnant workers. As the stories make clear, this reality is a reality experienced across all industries and economic levels:

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Pink Out for Planned Parenthood

Posted by Joanne Hernandez, Intern | Posted on: October 01, 2015 at 09:28 am

If you read my previous blog post, you know I’m a Mean Girls fan. But this past Tuesday I had to break the “we wear pink on Wednesdays” code in support of Planned Parenthood’s National Pink Out Day. I happily rocked out with my pink out in support of Planned Parenthood as I attended yet another hearing attacking the organization.

As I waited outside the hearing room — surrounded by a multitude of pink-clad women (and men) showing solidarity with Planned Parenthood — I was excited to see Cecile Richards walk by. As she passed, she stopped right in front of me, placed her hand on my left shoulder and thanked us for arriving so early to wait in line. I was in shock. Was Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, talking to me? I was overwhelmed and didn’t get a chance to wish her luck, which I regret since I knew she was the only witness before the committee.  Little did I know that she was walking into a five and a half hour-long sham hearing.

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