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Federal Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Girl Raped as Part of Sting Operation Orchestrated by School Officials

August 13, 2015

Federal Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Girl Raped as Part of Sting Operation Orchestrated by School Officials

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a unanimous decision in favor of the female plaintiff who was raped as an eighth grader by a male student in an Alabama middle school in the case Hill v. Madison County School Board. The Court's decision gives a green-light to the young woman to proceed to trial with her claim that the school's outrageous response to her student-on-student sexual harassment  resulted in her rape and violated her rights under Title IX and the U.S. Constitution. The National Women's Law Center represented the plaintiff together with co-counsel Mastando & Artrip, LLC, arguing against the school board and school officials and urging today's result. The U.S. Department of Justice also filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the plaintiff.

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National Women’s Law Center Files Federal Court Appeal in Sexual Assault Case
September 17, 2014

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 Comments in Support of the Department of Labor’s Conflict of Interest Proposed Rule

July 31, 2015

On July 21, 2015, the National Women's Law Center submitted comments in strong support of the Department of Labor's (DOL's) conflict of interest rule proposal.

NWLC Comments on Child Care Implications of TANF Reauthorization Proposal

July 31, 2015

NWLC’s comments to the Human Resources Subcommittee, Ways and Means, focus on the need for any TANF reauthorization bill to provide policies and adequate resources to ensure that families trying to leave or avoid TANF have access to affordable, reliable child care, in addition to the other supports and services needed to meet basic needs and get ahead.

NWLC Testimony on the Impact of Irregular Work Schedules

June 05, 2015

 

Testimony of Liz Watson
Senior Counsel and Director of Workplace Justice for Women
National Women’s Law Center
Before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Member Forum on the Impact of Irregular Schedules
June 4, 2015

Ranking Member Scott and Congresswoman DeLauro, thank you for holding this forum to discuss the need for schedule fairness and for all of your work to address the difficult working conditions facing low-wage workers.

My name is Liz Watson and I am Senior Counsel and Director of Workplace Justice for Women at the National Women’s Law Center. The Center is dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity for women, who make up two-thirds of low-wage workers.[1] For too long, some employers have used just-in-time scheduling to match workers’ schedules as tightly as possible to variations in consumer demand. These employers provide work schedules only a day or two in advance, require on-call shifts where workers find out whether they have to report to work with only a couple of hours’ notice, send workers home when work is slow without paying them for their scheduled shifts, and punish workers who put any limits on their availability.[2]

 

NWLC Comments on American Community Survey Content Review Results

May 26, 2015

The National Women's Law Center filed comments with the Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce regarding a proposal to reduce the frequency with which questions pertaining to marital status were asked on the American Community Survey.

NWLC Amicus Briefs Supporting the Contraceptive Coverage Benefit

May 19, 2015

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.

NWLC Testifies Before the Council of the D.C. Committee on Business, Consumer & Regulatory Affairs

April 28, 2015

The National Women’s Law Center testified before the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulartory Affairs in support of adequate funding to implement the Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act ensures that pregnant workers in the District of Columbia may no longer be forced to choose between their health and their jobs. But without sufficient funding for public education, outreach and enforcement, the law cannot fulfill its promise of ensuring that women can continue working safely during pregnancy.

NWLC Testimony in Support of Assembly Bill 357, the Fair Scheduling Act

April 22, 2015

The National Women’s Law Center submitted testimony in Support of California Assembly Bill 357, the Fair Scheduling Act. This bill provides crucial protections from difficult scheduling practices that undermine workers’ ability to provide for themselves and their families. These protections are particularly important to women, who make up nearly 62 percent of California’s low-wage workforce, where difficult scheduling practices are most common.

NWLC Testifies in Support of MN Senate Bill 1330

April 08, 2015

The National Women’s Law Center testified before the Minnestoa Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development in Support of Senate Bill 1330, the Fair Scheduling Act. The Fair Scheduling Act provides crucial protections from difficult scheduling practices that undermine workers’ ability to provide for themselves and their families. These protections are particularly important to women, who make up 68 percent of Minnesota’s low-wage workforce, where difficult scheduling practices are most common.

NWLC Testimony in Support of Oregon House Bill 3377

April 03, 2015

Today the National Women’s Law Center submitted testimony to the members of the Oregon House Business and Labor Committee in support of House Bill 3377. The Center urges support for this bill which provides crucial protections from difficult scheduling practices that undermine workers’ ability to provide for themselves and their families. These protections are particularly important to women, who make up nearly 65 percent of the 271,200 workers in Oregon’s low-wage workforce, where difficult scheduling practices are most common.