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NWLC Comments on Census Bureau 2015 National Content Test

January 22, 2015

The National Women's Law Center filed comments with the Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce encouraging additional data collection on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and individuals of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) origin.

Comments of the National Women’s Law Center on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs

January 20, 2015

The National Women's Law Center submitted comments about the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs.

NWLC Comments on American Community Survey Content Review

December 17, 2014

The National Women's Law Center filed comments with the Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce opposing the elimination of six questions regarding undergraduate field of degree and marital status from the American Community Survey.

Amicus Brief in Iowa Telemedicine

November 21, 2014

The Center, along with the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, filed a brief in the Iowa Supreme Court against a regulation that requires medically unnecessary, politically motivated, and harmful measures during medication abortions, which have been proven to be safe and effective. The regulation requires that a physician be physically present and perform a physical exam of the pregnant woman before providing a medication abortion. It also requires every patient to return to the same clinic for a routine follow-up visit. In doing so, the regulation would end Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s telemedicine program, which has extended access to medication abortion to women in more remote parts of the state.

A medication abortion via telemedicine allows a physician to talk with a woman via secure videoconferencing before remotely dispensing an abortion-inducing drug. A Planned Parenthood staff member is in the room at all times to supervise and provide support. The brief sets out why the regulation ending the telemedicine program will increase travel time and costs for rural women, increase barriers to care for women living in poverty, and endanger women for whom surgical abortion is contraindicated. The brief explains how the regulation will also potentially harm women in abusive relationships because of the barriers they face in obtaining an abortion. It also emphasizes that the Board implemented the regulation even though the telemedicine program is proven safe.

NWLC Files 5th Circuit Brief In Support of Marriage Equality

September 26, 2014

The NWLC filed an amicus brief in the 5th Circuit in De Leon v. Perry in support of marriage equality, particularly regarding the current legal status of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in Texas.


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

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.

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

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.

NWLC Files 7th Circuit Brief in Support of Marriage Equality

August 05, 2014

NWLC filed an amicus brief in the Seventh Circuit in the cases Baskin v. Zoeller and Wolf v. Walker in support of marriage equality for gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in Indiana and Wisconsin.

Demand Letter to Walmart

July 31, 2014

This public letter to Walmart from the National Women’s Law Center, A Better Balance, and Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, outlines Walmart’s continuing practice of discriminating against pregnant workers, describes the discrimination recently faced by a pregnant Walmart associate, and requests that Walmart take immediate steps to rectify this discrimination.

Testimony of Joan Entmacher Before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security

July 29, 2014

Invited testimony by Joan Entmacher explains that Social Security is the basis of retirement security for most Americans and should be protected and enhanced, not cut. The Social Security Administration needs adequate funding to ensure that Americans receive the benefits they have earned in full and on time.