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NWLC is Proud to be a Human Needs Hero

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: July 20, 2015 at 09:58 am

Here at the National Women’s Law Center, we’re deeply honored that the Coalition on Human Needs has named the Center its 12th Annual Human Needs Hero.

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NAACP-LDF and NWLC File Brief in Supreme Court Employment Discrimination Fight

Posted by Kandace Watkins, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 17, 2015 at 10:45 am

Imagine this scenario: you work in an environment riddled with pervasive hostility and abuse based on your sex, or your race, or both. In an effort to ameliorate the situation and preserve your job, you attempt to work out the issue internally. When those efforts offer no avail, you are forced to resign from your position and seek recourse in the courts.

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Sorry, Wisconsin: The ban on seven day work weeks is no more

Posted by Elizabeth Johnston, Fellow | Posted on: July 17, 2015 at 09:49 am

This week, Wisconsin said goodbye to a ban on 7-day work weeks.

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Senate Education Bill Lets Schools Ignore Disadvantaged Kids

Posted by Allie Bohm, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 14, 2015 at 04:29 pm

Imagine you’re a supervisor. You’ve set performance goals for all of your employees, and it’s evaluation season. One of the people you supervise has not been reaching her benchmarks. What do you do? Do you work with that employee to come up with strategies for achieving her performance goals? Or do you say, “Well, just keep doing what you’re doing. Maybe it’ll come out better next year”? You would probably work with your employee to improve her performance.

Shockingly, S. 1177—somewhat ironically named the Every Child Achieves Act—takes the opposite approach. The bill, which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), requires states to develop accountability systems that measure whether their schools are doing a good job teaching all students. But, where a school’s accountability system reveals that certain “subgroups” of students (like African Americans or students with disabilities) are falling behind, the state and the school are under no obligation to do anything to help those students meet state benchmarks. 

Congress has an Opportunity to Fix the Problem

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Women Win: Wrapping Up the Supreme Court 2014-2015 Term

Posted by Shelle Shimizu, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 14, 2015 at 09:58 am

The 2014-2015 Supreme Court Term witnessed a number of blockbuster cases affecting women’s rights, from health care, to marriage equality, to housing discrimination, to pregnancy discrimination and other workplace protections. Several of these cases led to historic victories, while others resulted in positive, but more limited, decisions.

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Let's Make It Get Better for LGBT Students

Posted by Allie Bohm, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 14, 2015 at 09:42 am

Middle school and high school can be brutal for anyone who does not fit the mold of whatever it means to be “cool.” But, it can be particularly rough for students who are questioning their sexuality or coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). And, today youth are coming out at younger and younger ages. In addition to realizing their lives don’t quite match the fairytales they grew up with or heteronormative media messages that surround them, these students often attend schools that openly discriminate against them based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and choose to ignore the harassment they face from their peers.

Federal civil rights statutes expressly prohibit discrimination in education based on race, color, national origin, sex, and disability. However, these laws do not explicitly cover sexual orientation or gender identity. Even though the Department of Education says that Title IX should protect students from discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, because the law does not explicitly protect LGBT students, these students and their parents often have limited legal recourse when their schools ignore discrimination (including bullying and harassment) based on LGBT (or suspected LGBT) status.

The Senate has the opportunity to fix that. Late yesterday, Senator Franken (D-Minn.) began speaking on the Senate floor about the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), which he is introducing as an amendment to S. 1177, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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Federal Contractors Get $81 Billion for Breaking the Law. Now That's Going to Change

Posted by Abigail Bar-Lev, Fellow | Posted on: July 10, 2015 at 04:28 pm

If you were to break the law, you wouldn’t expect special treatment, right? If you were to violate someone else’s rights, you wouldn’t expect to get paid for it. And you certainly wouldn’t expect tax dollars to support your bad behavior.

Yet that is exactly what’s happening in the world of federal contracts. Some federal contractors are breaking the law, and they receive billions of dollars for more contracts straight from the public’s wallets.

How many billions? A Senate report found that 49 contractors who violated federal labor laws [PDF] nearly 1,800 separate times in a five-year period were then awarded $81 billion in federal contracts. $81 billion!

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Women's World Cup Parade Inspires Young Kids to Take on the World

Posted by | Posted on: July 10, 2015 at 03:55 pm

This morning, the US Women’s National Soccer Team celebrated their smashing victory in the Women’s World Cup with a Canyon of Heroes ticker-tape parade in New York City. This historic parade was the first ever ticker-tape parade in New York City honoring a women’s sports team. Amongst the confetti, flags, and crowds, hundreds of young fans—boys and girls alike—gathered to cheer the accomplishments of the women’s team. Ahead are some of our favorite moments of young fans celebrating the women’s World Cup win.

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