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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

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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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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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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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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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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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

A Historic Tuesday in the Fight for Fair Pay

March 29, 2011 | Workplace Fairness

It's fitting that the landmark pay discrimination case, Wal-Mart v. Dukes, is being argued before the Supreme Court today, Tuesday, March 29th. Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the year women must work to match the amount paid to men in the previous year, falls on a Tuesday.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

Continuing the March toward Equality

November 18, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

A few weeks ago, voters sent a clear message: They want Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to address the issues facing working families. But when Senators took their first vote after returning to Washington, they missed the chance to do just that. Yesterday's vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act was a failed opportunity and a real disappointment for all of us who care about fairness, women's progress, and economic security for working families.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Final Hour for Fair Pay?!

November 15, 2010 | Workplace Fairness
Today, the Senate returns to Washington --- and the Paycheck Fairness Act is one of the first bills on its agenda. Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is more important than ever.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Imperative to Protect Women's Economic Security

October 22, 2010 | Workplace Fairness
President Obama has made protecting women's economic security a priority since Day One.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

The Gap that Keeps on Giving: Paycheck Unfairness Hurts in Retirement Too

October 7, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

It is well-documented that the wage gap hurts women and their families by denying them the fair wages that would help them pay for essential items like groceries, gasoline, and rent or mortgage payments. But the pay gap hurts women long after they have left the workforce, too.

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Sharyn Tejani, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sharyn Tejani

Time is running out - Call now!

September 15, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

Congress has only a few weeks left before it adjourns for the election - and the Senate still hasn't taken up the Paycheck Fairness Act. Time is running out, and women deserve - and need - fair pay.

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