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National Women's Law Center - Don't Discount Women: Demand Fair Change Not Spare Change
Millions of home-care workers who tirelessly care for seniors and people with disabilities will be protected by the basic wage and hour protections guaranteed under federal law! Under the long-awaited rules issued today, these workers — 9 in 10 of whom are women — will receive basic protections like minimum wage and overtime pay.
Please join us in thanking Secretary of Labor Tom Perez — and urge him to take the next step towards equal pay by releasing a new tool to collect pay information from federal contractors.
Today’s news shows just how much women workers need the Department of Labor to continue to push for more protections for women workers. Here’s why:

  • According to the new U.S. Census numbers released today, women and families are struggling to keep their heads above water. More than one in seven women, nearly 17.8 million, lived in poverty in 2012. And poverty rates were particularly high for women of color and women who head families.
  • The wage gap between men and women is still stuck at 77 cents, despite important laws that prohibit pay discrimination.

Collecting pay information from federal contractors would make it easier to enforce laws that prohibit discrimination.

  • A compensation data toll would help individuals like Lilly Ledbetter and Betty Dukes — women who fought for fair pay against some of the largest employers in the United States. Women like them shouldn’t have to go at it alone.
  • Since 2006, the federal government has had NO tool that effectively monitors wage discrimination based on race, national origin and gender by private employers. As a result, our tax dollars could be going to federal contractors who don’t pay women fairly.

Enough is enough. Today’s victory was an important step for women workers, but we still have a lot to do!
Please take action today by contacting the Department of Labor. It only takes a minute.
Thanks for pushing forward!

Joan Entmacher  Joan Entmacher Vice President, Family Economic Security National Women’s Law Center     Fatima Goss Graves Fatima Goss Graves Vice President for Education and Employment National Women’s Law Center

Congress : Health Care

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Members of Congress should get the same health coverage as other Americans. Seems obvious, right? Well, it isn’t obvious for some anti-choice lawmakers. They want Congress to get the same health insurance options as all Americans — except when it comes to abortion coverage.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is asking the public for comments on new regulations implementing a rule in Obamacare, also known as the health care law, requiring Members of Congress and their staff to get the same coverage from the same place millions of other Americans will — the new health insurance marketplaces.
We need your help today! The deadline to submit your comments is this Monday:  Tell OPM to follow the law and ensure Congress gets the same health insurance options as millions of other Americans.
Anti-choice Members of Congress claim they want themselves and their staff “to live under the same laws as the rest of the country,” except when they don’t.
Thank you for everything you do for women and their families.
Judy Waxman Judy Waxman Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights National Women’s Law Center

Have you had enough of lawmakers attacking reproductive rights?

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Just in the last few months we’ve seen countless attempts to restrict women’s reproductive health care. Opponents have tacked anti-abortion provisions onto unrelated bills and passed restrictions in special secret, last-minute sessions. They’ve mocked pro-choice protesters by handing them cookies. And they continue to tell women we don’t know what’s best when it comes to our own reproductive health care.
I’ve had enough. Have you?
This August, we’re declaring 31 Days of Unity. It’s a time to come together, join our voices, and tell lawmakers we will not stand for more attacks on our reproductive rights.
This year, despite all the attacks, we’ve seen support for women’s health care grow. There have been inspirational filibusters, rallies across the nation, and unprecedented activism — proving that when our community stands together, we have the power to enact change.
Will you add your voice?
Every day this August, reproductive rights, health, and justice groups across the nation are uniting to call on lawmakers to stop the attacks on equal access to safe, legal, affordable reproductive health care for all women. Together, we know we can make our voices loud enough to be heard.
Raise your voice! Tell lawmakers to end the attacks on reproductive health care.
Summer may be coming to an end, but unless we speak up, attacks on reproductive health care will continue. Demand that your representatives in Congress and in the states defend women’s reproductive health care.
Thank you for all you do.
Judy Waxman Judy Waxman Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights National Women’s Law Center

Is pregnancy a fireable offense? …

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A pregnant fast-food worker in Washington, D.C., was fired after her employer refused to let her drink water on the job, but permitted other workers to do so.
A pregnant cashier at a Dollar Tree store on Long Island wasn’t allowed to sit on a stool, even though workers in other Dollar Tree stores did. Instead, she was required to stand for 8 to 10 hours at a stretch — landing her in the emergency room.  The stories keep coming. Women who want to keep working — or need to keep working — but who wind up forced to choose between their jobs and the health of their pregnancies.
We’re only $1,035 away from our $10,000 goal — and our deadline is midnight tonight.
Your gift of $10 or more will help us fight for women facing challenges in the workplace and beyond.

Pregnant women shouldn't have to choose between their health and their jobs. Donate now.

Employers may not know they’re breaking the law when they refuse to make the types of on-the-job adjustments for pregnant women that they make for other workers. But they are. And it’s up to all of us to fight for the pregnant workers who are on the front lines, just trying to do their jobs in the face of employers who treat them unfairly — and illegally.
Anything you can contribute will help. Please help us meet our $10,000 goal by midnight tonight.
Your support means so much to us. Thank you, as always, for everything you do for women and families.
Emily J. Martin Vice President and General Counsel National Women’s Law Center
P.S. We depend on your support to help us fight for women and their families.  Please help us reach our $10,000 goal before midnight tonight.

Her worst fear

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 by Emily J. Martin, National Women’s Law Center
When Svetlana Arizanovska found out she was pregnant, she  was very excited. A mother of three daughters, Svetlana worked two jobs to  support her family. By day, she worked for a medical supply company. At night,  she worked at Wal-Mart.
At Wal-Mart, Svetlana often lifted heavy merchandise to  stock the store’s shelves. Due to her pregnancy, her doctor told her not to  lift more than 20 pounds — but Wal-Mart refused to comply. In fact, Wal-Mart has  a policy saying pregnant employees are not eligible for reassignments to  another position, even though reassignments are available when employees need  them because of a disability. One day,  while she was lifting heavy merchandise for Wal-Mart, Svetlana started  bleeding. She told her boss, but he ignored her.
The next morning,  Svetlana went to the emergency room and realized her worst fears were true —  she had miscarried.
No one should have to choose between her pregnancy, her  health, and her job. But that’s exactly what happens to many women like Svetlana.
Please  help us fight for women facing challenges in the workplace and beyond. We need  to raise $10,000 by midnight on Thursday. Click here to chip in $10 or more to  help us reach our goal.

Employers typically accommodate workers with limitations  due to a temporary disability and often accommodate workers with injuries — but  when pregnant women need a temporary change in their job, many bosses refuse to  make even the smallest adjustments. They may not know they’re breaking the law  when they deny women like Svetlana the ability to work without compromising  their health or the health of their pregnancies.
Too many pregnant women have been faced with a choice no  one should have to make: Keep working and risk the health of their pregnancy —  or lose their job. It’s time for employers to stop breaking the law by using  pregnancy as an excuse to push women out of work.
It’s up to us to take  a stand against policies that punish women.
Your donation will  help us fight back. We depend on your support for our work on behalf of  women and families.
Thank you, as always, for everything you do.
Emily J. Martin Vice President and General Counsel National Women’s Law Center
P.S. We depend on your support to help us fight for women  and their families. Please help us  reach our $10,000 goal before midnight on Thursday.