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.
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 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.
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
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.
Complaint to the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights Against Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School and Wilkes County Schools
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
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 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.
Letter to the Military Justice Review Group, Office of General Counsel, Re: Ways to Improve the Military Justice System (Jun. 26, 2014)
The National Women's Law Center has long had concerns about the operation of the military justice system and these concerns have only been increased by the system’s handling of sexual assault crimes. A strong and impartial military justice system is essential to preventing and responding not only to sexual assault but to all serious crimes. In particular, we recommend improvements in two areas: (1) moving decision-making on whether and how to prosecute serious offenses, like sexual assault, out of the chain of command, and (2) strengthening the role of the special victims' counsel.
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.