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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Think the Wage Gap Is a Myth? Ask Your Doctor

June 14, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
A man and his son were in a car accident. Both were taken to the hospital with critical injuries, and the boy was quickly rushed into surgery. The surgeon said, "I can't operate on this boy; he's my son." How is this possible?

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

We Will Not Give Up on Fair Pay

June 8, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
This week, we saw deeply troubling evidence of just how partisan Congress has become.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Fighting Discrimination, Giving Women -- and All Workers -- a Fair Shake

June 4, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
This week, members of the Senate have the opportunity to take a stand on an issue of paramount importance to women and their families: either they will move to help stop gender discrimination in wages, or they will turn their backs on women in the workforce and the families who depend on them.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Beyond Mother's Day: Continuing the Commitment to Working Mothers and Families

May 15, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
As families throughout the country were making their Mother's Day plans, some lawmakers were similarly focused on America's women. But unlike the short-lived events of Mother's Day weekend, their attention was on the kind of support and family friendly policies mothers and working families need year round.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women's Work: A Political Flashpoint and an Urgent Policy Imperative

April 16, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Women's work. Last week, when Hilary Rosen used words she quickly admitted were poorly chosen, we were all reminded that it remains a huge flashpoint in our society.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Time for Concrete Action to Stop Discrimination Against Pregnant Women and Caregivers

February 15, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Today, I was honored to join a distinguished group of scholars, advocates, government officials, and legal and policy experts to discuss an issue of critical importance to working women and families in this country: discrimination based on pregnancy and caregiving.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Widespread Inequality in the Restaurant Industry Means Hardship for Women Workers

February 13, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
There are more than 10 million restaurant workers in the United States. The majority are women. These are the hosts and hostesses who greet us, the waiters and waitresses who serve us, the bartenders who fill our drink orders, the attendants and dishwashers who clean up after us, set up our tables, and more.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Fair Pay: What a Difference a Union Makes

September 2, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
On Monday, the country will celebrate Labor Day - a national holiday established to honor the strength of America's workers and its unions. All workers who are in unions benefit from higher wages, better benefits, retirement security and more - but the union difference for today's women is especially striking, particularly when it comes to fair pay.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Keeping the Dream of Full Equality Alive

August 26, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
It's Women's Equality Day - a commemoration of the 19th Amendment and women's steady march toward equality, a tribute to how far we have come, and a reminder of the work still to do.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

The Pursuit of Justice is Not Over

June 20, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the women of Wal-Mart cannot proceed as a group as they challenge the company's discriminatory pay and promotion practices. It was a disappointing day for the women involved in the case and for all of us who are fighting for fair pay and fair opportunities for advancement for America's women. But today's decision is not the end.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

When Women Do Better, Families Do Better and the Nation Can Thrive

April 12, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
President Obama hit the mark during his recent Women's History Month address on fair pay when he said that "achieving equal pay for equal work isn't just a women's issue. It's a family issue." At the National Partnership, we've been saying the same thing for decades: when women do better, families do better. It couldn't be more true.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

Women and Families of Color Cannot Wait for Equal Pay

April 12, 2011 | Workplace Fairness

It's Equal Pay Day. Today, we recognize that women have had to work nearly a quarter of the year to make the same amount as their male counterparts did last year. On average, women who work full time in the United States are still paid $10,622 less per year than full-time working men.

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