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Just Released: NWLC Deeply Disappointed by Ruling in Ricci

Posted by | Posted on: June 29, 2009 at 05:48 pm

Calls on the Administration to issue guidance to employers to ensure fair exams

The following is a statement from Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), on the Supreme Court’s ruling today in Ricci v. DeStefano:

“The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling today in Ricci v. DeStefano is deeply disappointing and again demonstrates the Court’s disregard for the realities of the workplace. Yet again, five Justices have issued an opinion that sets back the cause of equal employment opportunity, making it more difficult for women and minorities to compete fairly to secure jobs.

“The Court today crafted a new standard that represents a significant change in the law and that will dramatically affect women’s and minorities’ employment opportunities.  When women and minorities are given short shrift, their pay, benefits and retirement security suffer, and so do they and their families. 

“Too often job tests for hiring and promotions are unfair. Sometimes they reflect an employer’s intent to exclude minorities or women, and sometimes they are inadvertently just bad tests. But whatever the reasons underlying the unfairness, it is vital that employers are able to take the steps necessary to ensure that their tests are valid. The goal is fair tests, and the Court erected needless roadblocks in the way of employers trying to reach that goal.

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: June 29, 2009 at 03:48 pm

by Catherine Kruse, Outreach Intern,
National Women’s Law Center

The FDA approved the first generic form of emergency contraception last week. The generic will be available only to young women 17 and under with a prescription, as reported by the Choices Feminist Campus blog of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

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Supreme Court Decision in on Ricci

Posted by | Posted on: June 29, 2009 at 02:49 pm

This morning, the Supreme Court issued its decision (5-4) in Ricci v. DeStefano. You can check out the Supreme Court’s opinion on their website. 

Check back for more information about how this unfortunate ruling will affect women’s employment opportunities. 

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NYT to Senate: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: June 27, 2009 at 08:30 pm

by Melanie Ross Levin, Outreach Manager, 
National Women’s Law Center 

Earlier this week The New York Times reminded the Senate and President Obama that their work on fair pay is not over yet. 

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As Judge Sotomayor's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings Approach...

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: June 26, 2009 at 08:34 pm

by Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, 
National Women's Law Center 

We at the National Women's Law Center, like you, care deeply about the Supreme Court. A few weeks ago, we invited you to become a part of the important upcoming Supreme Court nomination process by letting us know what issues matter to you and what you want to learn more about as we approach Judge Sotomayor's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, which start on July 13.

We appreciate that you've let us know what you think, and are looking forward to continuing this conversation as we approach the hearings. 

As soon as we asked for your questions for Judge Sotomayor, we got a tremendous response. We received a wide variety of questions and comments, as would be expected, since the Supreme Court's decisions touch every aspect of women's lives in this country.

Many of your questions focused on the constitutional right to privacy, which prevents the government from interfering in decisions about whether to bear children and also protects many other aspects of Americans' daily lives, including keeping medical records private, living with members of one's family, and having consensual adult sexual relations. Many of you also wanted to ask Judge Sotomayor about her views on civil rights protections and protections against discrimination on the job and in school. 

Since you understand the wide range of issues that come before the Supreme Court, you also wanted to ask Judge Sotomayor about her views on combating violence against women and children; immigration; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights/marriage equality; the role of religion in judicial decision-making; health care reform; and foreign policy. You also wanted to know how she would approach interpreting the Constitution.

Some of the most frequently asked questions include:

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Moving Forward on Health Reform… and Moving Back on Choice

Posted by Adrienne Ammerman, Communications Manager | Posted on: June 25, 2009 at 07:17 pm

by Adrienne Ammerman, Communications Manager, 
National Women’s Law Center 

This morning I went to an amazing health care rally in downtown DC, sponsored by HCAN. Thousands of people were gathered by the Capitol building, and the energy was palpable—the energy of people saying: “We want health care reform, and we want it now.”

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The Supreme Court Got the Message – Kind Of

Posted by Dina Lassow, Senior Counsel | Posted on: June 25, 2009 at 06:15 pm

by Dina Lassow, Senior Counsel, 
National Women's Law Center 

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