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Women's Rights

Women have fought - in the courts and the legislatures, as well as in the streets and the forums of public opinion - for the right to vote, to hold property, to be elected to public office, to gain an education, to hold certain kinds of jobs, and to receive pay equal to men. In addition, women face unique kinds of discrimination based on gender, such as sexual harassment and job discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.

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Congress Reintroduces Bill to Protect Pregnant Workers

June 10, 2015 - Posted by Hunter Davis

On June 4, Sen. Bob Casey, D. Pa., reintroduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act, this bill would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers – provided that doing so would not be an undue hardship. It would also prevent employers from discriminating against pregnant women in the hiring process.

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Proposed Rule Would Help Protect Employees from Sex Discrimination

April 15, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On April 2, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights submitted comments to the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) expressing strong support for its proposal to update sex discrimination rules for federal contractors and subcontractors.

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Lawmakers Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

March 27, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On March 25, lawmakers in both houses of Congress reintroduced legislation that would help narrow the gender pay gap. The Paycheck Fairness Act, introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D. Md., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D. Conn., would help ensure that women workers are not shortchanged, and promote fair and stable family incomes.

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Bipartisan Group Introduces IVAWA to Coincide with International Women’s Day

March 13, 2015 - Posted by Milan Kumar

International Women’s Day is held on March 8 to celebrate the achievements of women through history and across the globe. In recognition of International Women’s Day this year, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate reintroduced the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).

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EEOC Issues Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

July 16, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Monday released guidance on the subject of discrimination against pregnant workers – the first guidance of its kind in more than 30 years.

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Obama to Sign Executive Orders on Equal Pay, Senate to Vote on Paycheck Fairness Act

April 7, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

President Obama on Tuesday will sign two executive orders on equal pay, one that bans retaliation against employees of federal contractors for discussing their wages, and one that instructs the Department of Labor to create new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit data on employee compensation.

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Monitor Weekly - The Latest in Civil and Human Rights

April 28, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

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Obama Administration Seeks to Advance Women’s Role in Securing Global Peace

December 22, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

President Obama this week released a groundbreaking new plan and issued an executive order to increase U.S. support for strengthening the participation of women around the world in ending conflict and securing peace.

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Senate Hearing on Women and the Arab Spring Movement Highlights Need for U.S. to Ratify Women’s Rights Treaty

November 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing this week on the role of women in the Arab Spring movement drew attention to the need for the United States to join with 187 other countries that have committed to advance and protect the rights of women by ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

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Supreme Court’s Decision in Wal-Mart Case Severely Limits the Ability to Challenge Systemic Discrimination

June 21, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes et al. will limit the use of “class action” lawsuits and make it harder to bring large-scale discrimination cases, according to many civil and human rights groups.

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