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Research Library: Workplace Fairness

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Paycheck Fairness Act Fact Sheet

Enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act would be a critical step forward in the fight for fair pay for women. Women working full time are paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men.

Fact Sheet: The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Despite existing protections against discrimination, pregnant workers in this country still face discrimination every day. Pregnant workers are forced out of their jobs and denied reasonable accommodations that would enable them to continue working and supporting their families.

Medicaid Block Grants/Caps Will Hurt Women and Families

Medicaid, the nation’s principal safety net health insurance program, provides critical health care for millions of lower income women, including many older women and women with disabilities.

Medicaid Primer: Ensuring Basic Health Care for Millions of Women and Children

Medicaid provides critical health care for millions of lower income women and children who otherwise would be uninsured. At all ages, women and girls make up the majority of enrollees in Medicaid.

Response to DOL Proposed Rule on Application of Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service, 3/21/2012

On behalf of the National Partnership for Women & Families and the undersigned organizations, we thank you for the opportunity to respond to the Department of Labor’s request for comments on the proposed rule that would extend the critical wage and hour protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to millions of home care workers. This rule will significantly enhance the economic security and job quality of these workers who have been, up until now, excluded from these most basic labor standards.

U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission Meeting on Pregnancy and Caregiver Discrimination: Testimony of Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor, 2/15/2012

My name is Judith Lichtman, and I am Senior Advisor for the National Partnership for Women & Families. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to speak to you today about the persistent problem of workplace discrimination against pregnant women and caregivers.

Standing Up for Women & Families in 2012

The National Partnership for Women & Families is dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and improving the well-being of our nation’s families.

Paycheck Fairness Act Coalition Poll

In a nationwide poll of registered voters, 84% said they support “a new law that would provide women more tools to get fair pay in the workplace.”

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Where We Stand 30 Years Later

Pregnancy discrimination complaints are on the rise – and have been for a very long time...

Amicus Brief: Ledbetter v. Goodyear

Under the ruling below, an employee cannot challenge pay discrimination resulting from any decisions made before the most recent pay decision prior to the 180-day limitations period under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Facts about Affirmative Action

At the center of our current public policy debate is a fundamental struggle over what "affirmative action" is and really means. This struggle carries enormous implications for women's lives, since affirmative action has provided women with opportunities they were previously denied despite their merit.

Testimony of LLCR before EEOC

Good afternoon. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today and offer comments on proposals before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding its structure and organization.

Women's Equality Day 2010: Steps Toward Women's Equality

Women's Equality Day commemorates the adoption of the 19th Amendment to U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. More than 90 years later, the fight for women's equal access and opportunity continues—especially in workplaces across the country.

Women At Work 40 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964

While women have made gains in the last four decades, serious barriers to full equality in the workplace remain. Title VII has been one of the main tools for tackling these barriers, helping to root out and eliminate illegal practices – but it has not been enough.

Community Schools v. Seattle School District and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education

This brief highlights the important role racially integrated schools play in breaking down persistent and pernicious stereotypes. As this Court repeatedly has recognized, negative assumptions based on race or sex have had terrible consequences for many Americans, denying them valuable opportunities and perpetuating unfair treatment.

Coalition Letter Opposing Nomination of Jeffrey Sutton

We, the undersigned women’s rights organizations, write to express our strong opposition to the nomination of Jeffrey Sutton to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Jeffrey Sutton is an experienced Supreme Court litigator who has gained prominence because of his staunch advocacy in favor of states’ rights and elevating state sovereignty over Congress’ power to protect civil rights.

Coalition Letter Opposing Miguel Estrada

The nomination of Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has generated a great deal of controversy. Senators, organizations, major newspapers, and individuals have expressed very different views and have taken very different positions on the question of whether Mr. Estrada should be confirmed for this prestigious lifetime appointment.

Statement of Opposition on the Nomination of Janice Rogers Brown

The National Partnership for Women & Families opposes the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Civil Rights Act

A bill to restore, reaffirm, and reconcile legal rights and remedies under civil rights statutes.

Civil Rights Act of 1991

To amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to restore and strengthen civil rights laws that ban discrimination in employment, and for other purposes.

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