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Tag: Pregnancy Discrimination

Congress Must Open the Courthouse Doors to Uphold Military Members’ Civil Rights

Workers and students who experience civil rights violations have a plethora of legal tools at their disposal to seek accountability and relief—ranging from constitutional, to statutory, to tort claims. But the courthouse doors have long been closed to one group, whose exclusion from remedies by the government which they defend is particularly jarring: members of […]

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Recent Development: Kentucky Becomes 25th State to Protect Pregnant Employees at Work

If you live in Kentucky and are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, you should be aware of new protections that may apply to you and your employer. Last month Kentucky passed the Pregnant Workers Act with bipartisan support, making it the 25th state to pass specific legislation to protect pregnant employees. Federal laws […]

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Lawyers Too: Recent Developments in the Legal Profession’s #MeToo Moment

In my legal writing class my first year of law school, each student presented mock oral arguments, and received feedback from classmates.  Following my argument, I was told that I was “persuasive” and “well prepared,” but what resonated most was the handful of classmates who described my argument as “aggressive.”  One classmate felt that I […]

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U.S. Tennis Scores A Win for Pregnant Players, But Too Many Pregnant Women Face Discrimination At Work

It’s been a big month for reducing the stigma of pregnant women at work: First, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, 37, became the first world leader in three decades to give birth while in office (and only the second world leader overall ever!). Second, in a move aptly billed as “an ace […]

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Motherhood & The Gender Pay Gap

In May of this year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached a $100,000 settlement agreement in a gender discrimination case against a Florida insurance broker. Why? The company revoked a woman’s job offer “20 minutes after she asked her would-be supervisor about its maternity policy.” Citing an “urgent” need to have someone in the […]

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Lessons on Women’s Economic Progress and Policies from the Fed Chair

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve and arguably the most powerful woman in the world, is best known for her role in U.S. monetary policy.  But in a recent speech, she tackled a totally different subject – women’s economic progress over the past century.  Her speech, So We All Can Succeed: 125 Years of […]

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Pumping on the Job -The Rights of Breastfeeding Employees

Posted April 12th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Breastfeeding employees frequently encounter barriers in the workplace that impede their ability to pump on the job. Horror stories abound of women who are denied a clean, private space to pump or who are shamed and penalized for pumping at work. Thanks to the advent of federal and state legislation and an emerging body of […]

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A Signal to HealthCare Providers From their Pregnant Patients’ Lawyers

The metaphor of ships passing in the night originated (at least according to Google) from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in a compilation called Tales of Wayside Inn. There, Longfellow laments the disconnectedness of the human condition in lines that seem equally applicable to modern life: Ships that pass in the night, and speak […]

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Questions for Sarah Fleisch Fink

I met Sarah Fleisch Fink last year when my firm worked with the National Partnership for Women & Families on an amicus brief in support of Peggy Young, a worker challenging pregnancy discrimination before the U.S. Supreme Court in Young v. UPS.  Sarah, senior policy counsel for workplace programs at the National Partnership, works on […]

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Q&A with Professor Schoenbaum

Posted June 4th, 2015 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Regular readers of this blog are very familiar with Young v. UPS, a Supreme Court case about pregnancy discrimination.  Here at Shattering the Ceiling we are excited about the case – and about the outcome.  My colleagues have written here about why accommodating pregnant women is good for American families – and good for business and about why the […]

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Proving Gender Discrimination: Young and Pao’s Courageous Stand

Last month was big for those interested in the fight for gender equity in the workplace, as two largely publicized cases reached important turning points. On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Peggy Young in her pregnancy discrimination case against her employer, UPS.  On Friday, March 27, 2015, a […]

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Good News For Working Women

It’s not every day that we get to report good news for working women – especially that there is good news for working women coming from the Supreme Court.  Today is one of those days. As we’ve previously written, the Supreme Court was considering the case of Young v. UPS.   That case raised questions about […]

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The “Men Can Lactate, Too” Defense

Angela Ames, a Nationwide Insurance worker in Iowa, returned to work in July 2010, after her eight-week maternity leave, and found that she had no place to pump breast milk.  She was told that there was a three-day waiting period to process her paperwork in order to use the lactation room and was given the […]

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Q&A with Sharon Gustafson

Posted December 30th, 2014 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

I attended the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on Young v. UPS earlier this month and was very excited to talk with Plaintiff Peggy Young’s lawyer, Sharon Gustafson, about the case.  Sharon will be among the speakers at an upcoming panel I am hosting, sponsored by the Women’s Bar Association and Sanford Heisler. Kate: For the benefit […]

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Q&A with Professor Naomi Schoenbaum

Posted December 4th, 2014 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

I am working with the D.C. Women’s Bar Association to host a panel discussion on January 29 about pregnancy discrimination and Young v. UPS, which was argued before the Supreme Court earlier this week.  (Blogger’s note: for more information on the case, check out Tuesday’s blog post. Panelists will include a lawyer representing Peggy Young; a lawyer advising […]

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