The National Women’s Law Center filed an amicus brief in the Eighth Circuit in a case involving the contours of a school’s responsibility under Title IX to respond to harassment that occurs off-campus between two of its students. The trial court had decided that because the college student was sexually assaulted at a privately-owned apartment building the school had no responsibility to investigate and respond to the assault once the student survivor reported it.
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.
The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), together with the Michigan law firm Smietanka, Buckleitner, Steffes and Gezon, filed a Title IX lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan against the Forest Hills School District outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan for failing to respond to the sexual assault of a high school student on school premises and the subsequent cyber-bullying and on-campus harassment suffered by the teenage girl.
The National Women’s Law Center filed this amicus brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to help explain why the court should deny Wells’ Fargo’s motion for a writ of mandamus in In Re Wells Fargo Bank. The brief explains why the two-step approach for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective actions is crucial for collective actions under the Equal Pay Act (EPA), and the ways in which collective actions are central to achieving the purposes of the EPA and the FLSA by ensuring that workers receive information necessary to assert their rights.
Testimony of Fatima Goss Graves Before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on Sequestration
Vice President for Education and Employment Fatima Goss Graves testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the harmful effects of Sequestration on women.
National Women's Law Center Files Comments to Department of Education re: Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act
The National Women's Law Center filed comments witht the Department of Education regarding its data collection for the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act.
The National Women’s Law Center filed an amicus brief in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor. Hollingsworth addresses the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that overturned the California Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry. Windsor challenges the constitutionality of the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that bars the federal government from recognizing marriages of same-sex couples.
Testimony in Favor of Legislation (HB1204) to Increase Minimum Wage and Tipped Minimum Wage in Maryland
The National Women's Law Center submitted testimony to the Economic Matters Committee in the Maryland House in support of legislation to increase the minimum wage and tipped minimum wage in Maryland.
The National Women's Law Center has written an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of California urging their review in the pregnancy discrimination matter Veronese v. Lucasfilm Ltd.
The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has filed an administrative complaint against City University of New York (CUNY) for violating Title IX—the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education—for permitting each classroom instructor to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to excuse absences related to pregnancy and allow for make-up work and for retaliating against a student who challenged the policy.