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Reports & Toolkits | It Shouldn't Be a Heavy Lift: Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers

June 18, 2013

Almost 35 years after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act made it illegal to discriminate against a woman because of her pregnancy, women still face discrimination on the job when they become pregnant. This report details what happens when some workers ask for temporary modifications of their job duties because of pregnancy, such as avoiding heavy lifting, staying off high ladders, or being permitted to sit down during a long shift. 

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Reports & Toolkits | 50 Years & Counting: The Unfinished Business of Achieving Fair Pay

June 10, 2013

THE EQUAL PAY ACT is the landmark law passed 50 years ago that requires employers to pay men and women equally for substantially equal work. Yet 50 years later, equal pay is still America’s unfinished business. 

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Fact Sheet | How the Paycheck Fairness Act Will Strengthen the Equal Pay Act

May 7, 2012

The Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963 made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work.  Yet today, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.  The Paycheck Fairness Act would update and strengthen the EPA by improving rememdies for pay discrimination, prohibiting employer retaliation, and facilitating class action suits in equal pay claims, among other strategies.

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Fact Sheet | Ensuring Women Thrive at Work Creates Economic Prosperity for All

November 11, 2013

Recognizing that when women succeed, their families and the economy prosper, some legislative leaders are taking action to create opportunities for women in the workplace. The National Women’s Law Center applauds these efforts because investment in women’s economic security is vital for women and their families.

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Legal Briefs & Testimony | National Women's Law Center Encourages HELP Committee to Support Perez Nomination

April 18, 2013

The National Women's Law Center has urged the Senate HELP Committee to support the nomination of Thomas Perez for Secretary of the Department of Labor.

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Fact Sheet | The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Making Room for Pregnancy on the Job

May 29, 2013

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), introduced in both the House and the Senate, would let pregnant women continue to do their jobs and support their families by requiring employers to make the same sorts of accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions that they do for disabilities.  This fact sheet outlines the provisions of the bill and discusses the enormous impact its passage would have for working parents and their families.

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More Resources

Fact Sheet | Collateral Damage: Scheduling Challenges for Workers in Low-wage Jobs and Their Consequences

April 17, 2014

Coalition Action Materials | Letter to Congress Re: Co-Sponsor and Support the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 84, H.R. 377)

April 09, 2014

Fact Sheet | The Wage Gap by State for Women Overall, African-American Women, and Hispanic Women

April 07, 2014

Fact Sheet | How the Wage Gap Hurts Women and Families

April 07, 2014

Fact Sheet | The Paycheck Fairness Act: Why Women Need Stronger Protections Against Pay Discrimination

April 02, 2014