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National Women’s Law Center Files Federal Court Appeal in Sexual Assault Case

National Women’s Law Center Files Federal Court Appeal in Sexual Assault Case

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Alabama law firm Mastando & Artrip, LLC have filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a lawsuit against the Madison County School Board and its officials for violating Title IX, the U.S. Constitution, and state law.  The case alleges that the Defendants did not properly respond to a long pattern of sexual harassment by a male student, and instead arranged for a 14-year-old female student to meet him in the bathroom in order to catch him in the act of harassment so that he could be punished.  The female student was raped by the male student in the bathroom before anyone arrived to catch him.

NWLC Brief on Behalf of 123 Members of Congress in Young v. UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Case

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires employers to treat pregnant workers the same as they treat those who are “similar in ability or inability to work.” At issue in  the Supreme Court case Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. is whether an employer who accommodates the medical needs of employees (as is often required by virtue of the Americans with Disabilities Act, for example) must extend the same type of accommodations to pregnant workers with medical needs.

Too many employers still deny pregnant women basic accommodations that would allow them to continue working and the courts have ignored the clear language and intent of the PDA in allowing this to continue. As a result, pregnant women are forced to choose between their jobs and their health. This amicus brief, filed on behalf of 123 Members of Congress, analyzes the plain language of the PDA and sets out Congress’s desire to ensure fair and equal treatment of pregnant workers through passage of the PDA.

Jobs With Largest Projected Growth 2012-2022: Almost Half are Low-Wage, Nearly Two-Thirds are Female-Dominated

Job growth in the wake of the Great Recession has been concentrated in low-wage jobs, especially for women. Projections for job growth in the next decade show that disproportionate growth in low-wage, female-dominated jobs is expected to continue.

Reports & Toolkits

August 11, 2014
This report, from NWLC and American for Tax Fairness, summarizes 23 of the loopholes the tax reform plan proposed by Representative David Camp (R-MI), along with the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates of the revenue each would raise.
August 01, 2014
It’s critical for federal candidates to hear that early learning is an important issue to their electorate during this election season. This toolkit provides the resources advocates and community leaders need to get and keep early learning on the table during an election year.

Fact Sheets

September 17, 2014

Each year, the Census Bureau releases data on poverty and income in the United States, and the National Women’s Law Center analyzes these data to provide a picture of how women and their families are faring. The following frequently asked questions take a closer look at what the Census Bureau numbers tell us—and don’t tell us—about poverty. 

September 15, 2014

Each year, the Census Bureau releases data on health insurance coverage in the United States, and the National Women’s Law Center analyzes these data to provide a picture of how women and their families are faring. The following frequently asked questions take a closer look at what the Census Bureau numbers tell us—and don’t tell us—about health insurance.

Legal Briefs & Testimony

September 17, 2014

National Women’s Law Center Files Federal Court Appeal in Sexual Assault Case

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Alabama law firm Mastando & Artrip, LLC have filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a lawsuit against the Madison County School Board and its officials for violating Title IX, the U.S. Constitution, and state law.  The case alleges that the Defendants did not properly respond to a long pattern of sexual harassment by a male student, and instead arranged for a 14-year-old female student to meet him in the bathroom in order to catch him in the act of harassment so that he could be punished.  The female student was raped by the male student in the bathroom before anyone arrived to catch him.

September 12, 2014

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires employers to treat pregnant workers the same as they treat those who are “similar in ability or inability to work.” At issue in  the Supreme Court case Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. is whether an employer who accommodates the medical needs of employees (as is often required by virtue of the Americans with Disabilities Act, for example) must extend the same type of accommodations to pregnant workers with medical needs.

Too many employers still deny pregnant women basic accommodations that would allow them to continue working and the courts have ignored the clear language and intent of the PDA in allowing this to continue. As a result, pregnant women are forced to choose between their jobs and their health. This amicus brief, filed on behalf of 123 Members of Congress, analyzes the plain language of the PDA and sets out Congress’s desire to ensure fair and equal treatment of pregnant workers through passage of the PDA.

Coalition Action Materials

September 09, 2014

On September 5, 2014, national organizations sent sign-on letters to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan in support of increasing funding for early childhood programs in the FY 2016 budget period.

Download the full letters below.

August 01, 2014

The National Women's Law Center sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging members to vote against the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014 (H.R.

Webinars & Presentations

Below are resources related to past NWLC webinars, conference calls and other presentations. Please see our list of upcoming calls & webinars.

 

July 22, 2014

This conference call addressed challenges and opportunities in PreK implementation, including recruitment of providers in school- and community-based settings, new quality standards, outreach to families and meeting the needs of working families. 

June 26, 2014

This webinar, co-sponsored by the National Women’s Law Center and American College of Nurse-Midwives, gives nurse-midwives an in-depth understanding of the ACA’s birth control coverage requirement and the breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling coverage requirement.  NWLC  provides  tools to help patients who are not getting the coverage required by the health care law.