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Complaint to the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights Against Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School and Wilkes County Schools

July 24, 2014

NWLC files a complaint with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights against Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School and Wilkes County Schools on behalf of Mikelia Seals. 

NWLC Files Comments with Delaware Department of Education In Support of Homebound Instruction for Pregnant and Parenting Students

July 17, 2014

The National Women's Law Center filed comments with the Delaware Department of Education in support of proposed amendments to Delaware Administrative Code Section 930, on homebound instructions. The proposed amendments would promote the academic success of Delaware’s pregnant and parenting students and help to bring Delaware schools into compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.

NWLC Files 4th Circuit Amicus Brief in Support of Marriage Equality

July 16, 2014

NWLC filed an amicus brief in the Fourth Circuit in the case Bostic v. Rainey in support of marriage equality, particularly regarding the current legal status of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

DC Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act Testimony

June 24, 2014

On June 23, 2014, NWLC offered testimony before the D.C. Council in support of the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014. This bill would prohibit employers from discriminating against their employees because of their reproductive health decisions. NWLC's testimony details the scope fo the problem and how this bill will ensure that no loopholes exist in current D.C. law.

NWLC Files 6th Circuit Amicus Briefs in Support of Marriage Equality

June 17, 2014

NWLC filed amicus briefs in the Sixth Circuit in five cases, Henry v. Himes, Obergefell v. Himes, Bourke v. Beshear, Tanco v. Haslam, and DeBoer v. Snyder in support of marriage equality, particularly regarding the current legal status of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

NWLC Amicus Briefs Supporting the Contraceptive Coverage Benefit

May 30, 2014

The Center is filing friend of the court briefs in lawsuits challenging the federal contraceptive coverage benefit, brought by employers who want to deny their employees this important benefit.  These cases involve suits brought under the First Amendment to the US Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  These cases will decide whether a boss’s religious beliefs trump women’s health and women’s access to the health care they need.

Testimony from Senate HELP Committee Hearing, "Expanding Access to Quality Early Learning: the Strong Start for America’s Children Act"

April 14, 2014

On Thursday April 10, 2014, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions held a hearing "Expanding Access to Quality Early Learning: the Strong Start for America’s Children Act." 

Excerpted Remarks of Liz Watson at Press Conference on the Fair Employment Protection Act

March 14, 2014

The National Women's Law Center participated in a press conference for the introduction of the Fair Employment Protection Act, a bill that would restore strong protections for workplace harassment that were weakened by the Supreme Court's decision in Vance v. Ball State University.  These excerpted remarks by Liz Watson, Senior Counsel and Director of Workplace Justice for Women, explain the bill's importance and effects.

NWLC Files 10th Circuit Brief In Support of Marriage Equality

March 05, 2014

NWLC filed an amicus brief in the 10th Circuit for two cases, Kitchen v. Herbert and Bishop v. Howe Smith in support of marriage equality, particularly regarding the current legal status of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in Oklahoma and Utah.

Testimony of Joan Entmacher Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing on Income Security and the Elderly

March 05, 2014

Invited testimony by Joan Entmacher presents key statistics about poverty among older Americans and describes the critical importance of various anti-poverty public programs, and where they are falling short.