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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.

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.

Letter to the Military Justice Review Group, Office of General Counsel, Re: Ways to Improve the Military Justice System (Jun. 26, 2014)

June 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.

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.