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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

When is a Supervisor Not a Supervisor?

In June, the US Supreme Court dealt a stunning blow to workers' rights in Vance v. Ball State University, a case that could have a chilling impact on victims of harassment and America's civil rights laws.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Advancing a Women’s Economic Agenda

July 18, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

It’s no surprise anymore that women are essential engines in our national and family economies. Women are nearly half of the workforce, breadwinners in two-thirds of households, and primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households with children. Women and families across the country know this reality well.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Supreme Court to Take Up Supervisor Harassment Case

Later this term, the Supreme Court will decide the case of Vance v. Ball State, a case that will have critical implications for the ability of our nation's civil rights laws to root out unlawful workplace harassment.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Election 2012: Moving Forward on Fairness for Women in the Workplace

November 9, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Women made a difference this election. Issues like fair pay received attention nationally and at the state level like never before. Women at all levels broke barriers.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Yahoo Sets an Example by Hiring a Pregnant CEO, But There's More to the Story for Working Mothers

July 18, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
Ever since the news broke this week that Yahoo has hired Marissa Mayer to be its new chief executive officer, the media has been abuzz about the fact that she'll be the first-ever pregnant CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Restoration Act: Ensuring Access to Justice After 'Wal-Mart v. Dukes'

June 20, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Fairness and equal opportunity are among our nation's most basic values. They are especially critical in the workplace due to families' increasing dependence on the wages of both men and women.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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America's Women and Families Deserve a Vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act

May 30, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Next week, the United States Senate has the opportunity to address this appalling wage gap by advancing much-needed legislation called the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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New Caregiver Protections for Military Families Are a Step in the Right Direction

May 25, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Our nation's service members make enormous sacrifices for our country - and so do their families.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Supreme Court Erodes State Workers' FMLA Rights

By a narrow majority, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals has eroded the right of millions of state workers to take job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) when faced with a serious illness, injury, or pregnancy.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Home Care Workers Deserve Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections

March 1, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Every day, nearly three million home care workers in the United States help the elderly and people with disabilities get the daily assistance they need.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Supreme Court to Decide State Workers' Rights Under FMLA

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral argument today in Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals - a case that could erode the right of millions of state workers to take job-protected, unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when faced with a serious illness.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Improving Access to the FMLA Through Improved Forms

December 14, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
Nearly 20 years ago, passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was a major milestone in the effort to help families meet their work and family needs.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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State Workers Deserve FMLA Protections

September 29, 2011 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Daniel Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals - a case that could erode the right of millions of women and men to work free from discrimination and to take job-protected, unpaid leave for serious medical conditions.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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The Supreme Court's one-two punch: Class actions in the wake of Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AT&T v. Concepcion

With the recent decisions in Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the Supreme Court weakened the ability of individuals to band together in class action lawsuits to challenge corporate misconduct.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Wal-Mart v. Dukes: A Supreme Blow to Corporate Accountability, the Class Action Vehicle - and Justice

June 27, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
The Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes was deeply disappointing for those who care whether workers can vindicate their statutory rights.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Wage Discrimination and the Fight for Fair Pay

April 12, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
In a few months, the Supreme Court will decide if the women in the landmark Dukes v. Wal-Mart wage discrimination case will get their day in court to challenge unfair pay and promotions. Today, on Equal Pay Day, Senator Barbara Mikulski and Representative Rosa DeLauro will re-introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act - legislation that would establish workplace supports to help advance fair, discrimination-free workplaces. Both are big news in the fight for fair pay this year, and both represent critical ways to combat the wage discrimination that continues to hurt America's women and their families.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Right Over Might: The Women of Wal-Mart Fight for Fair Pay

March 28, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Wal-Mart v. Dukes - the high profile class action case involving 1.6 million women who have worked at Wal-Mart.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Too Big to Be Held Accountable?

March 1, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
The Women of Wal-Mart Deserve Their Day in Court to Challenge Unfair Pay

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

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Record High Number of Discrimination Claims Alarming

January 18, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination—announced that charges of discrimination hit an unprecedented level in 2010. News coverage over the past few days has focused on who or what is to blame, and what this could mean for the future.

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