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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

A Family Friendly America Must Eradicate Discrimination Against LGBT Workers

June 4, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

At the National Partnership, we have been working for more than 40 years to make the country’s workplaces more fair and family friendly. That’s why we were proud to partner with a strong coalition of policy experts, business advocates and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations today to release A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits and More Taxes for LGBT Workers.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Messages That Matter This Mother’s Day

“For everything you’ve taught me…” “For always being there…” “For all the sacrifices you’ve made… thanks, Mom.” These and messages like them are what mothers across the country will be reading in greeting cards and hearing from loved ones this weekend. But, for mothers who hold jobs, one reality is missing from these heartfelt sentiments.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

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Keeping "Wellness" from Turning into Discrimination

May 8, 2013 | Health Care | Workplace Fairness

Today, I had the honor of testifying before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on a topic of critical importance to our nation’s workers: employer wellness programs.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

From Seattle to New York City, Women and Families Need Action on Fair Pay

April 10, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
It's that time of year again. A time when those of us who are committed to achieving equality for women are reminded of the work left to do.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

It's All in the Details: Employer Wellness Programs Can Help or Harm

March 22, 2013 | Health Care | Workplace Fairness
As health care purchasers, consumers, and decision makers for ourselves and our families, women are keenly interested in wellness and preventing illness.

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National Partnership Staff

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Back to the Office at Yahoo

February 26, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

National Partnership President Debra Ness talks to the New York Times about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to end the company's work-from-home policy.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

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After Four Years, It's Time for Concrete Action - An Executive Order from President Obama - to Help Reduce the Wage Gap

January 29, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
Four years ago today, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act - a law that restored pay discrimination victims' right to have their day in court.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

An Integral Step Forward for Women, Families and the Nation

January 23, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
"Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts."

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Fair Pay: An Economic Imperative for Women of Color and the Nation

January 9, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
Every day, tens of millions of hardworking women get up, go to work and do all we can to help our employers, keep our jobs and make enough money to put food on the table, pay the bills and provide for our families.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Election 2012: A Good Day for Women, A Good Day for the Country

November 8, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
In reelecting President Obama and significantly increasing the numbers of women and progressives in the United States Senate, Americans have said 'yes' to fair pay for women, 'yes' to policies that make our workplaces more family friendly, 'yes' to ending gender discrimination and strengthening consumer protections in health insurance, and 'yes' to a more patient- and family-centered health care system.

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Deeply Disturbing Study Shows Bias Against Women in Science Runs Deep

September 28, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Just days after the release of the National Partnership's analysis of new U.S. Census data that shows a gender-based wage gap exists in nearly every corner of the country, researchers at Yale University have published a powerful new study that shows gender impedes women's advancement in science.

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An Issue that Affects Women in 97 Percent of the Country's Congressional Districts

September 21, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
There is much talk about the challenges facing America's families today. Often the talk is so big picture it's hard to boil it down to what it means for real people, in their homes and communities, at their dinner tables, and in their checkbooks.

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A Step Forward in Congress for Pregnant Workers and Their Families

September 19, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
It is shameful to think that, nearly 35 years since we banned pregnancy discrimination in this country, pregnant women are still being fired, forced out of their jobs and denied employment and promotion opportunities.

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This Labor Day, Let's Ask Congress to Stop Employers from Discriminating Against Pregnant Workers

August 31, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
This week, as the country prepared to celebrate Labor Day, the National Partnership released the results of an unprecedented analysis of the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Leticia Mederos, Vice President

From the desk of ... Leticia Mederos

Fair Pay for Home Care Workers Cannot Wait Any Longer

July 30, 2012 | Workplace Fairness

Earlier this year, the Obama administration proposed a promising new rule that would extend basic minimum wage and overtime protections to millions of women and men who provide essential home care to children, parents, grandparents and others in need.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Looking Past the 'Having it All' Distraction

June 27, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
Yet again, we're in the midst of a media firestorm over women's roles in our workplaces and our families.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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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