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Ariela
Migdal

Ariela Migdal (@ArielaMigdaljoined the ACLU in 2007 and has worked in such areas as women’s rights, gender-based workplace discrimination and single-sex education. She currently litigates cases concerning discrimination against women in traditionally male-dominated occupations. Migdal clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Harry T. Edwards of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. She also clerked in the Israel Public Defender office. She received a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2001. Migdal also holds an M.A. from London University and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Women in Combat: Policy, Meet Reality

Women in Combat: Policy, Meet Reality

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:33pm
Until today, official United States policy banned all women from being assigned to ground combat units. The policy was military-wide and covered our whole gender – no exceptions for women who were fast, strong, excellent marksmen, good at keeping calm under fire, or able to take and give directions in a high-octane situation. It was one of the last remaining relics of official government exclusion of women.

The Rights We Take for Granted

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:06pm

It may seem obvious that all workers are entitled to a work environment free from sex discrimination and to the wages guaranteed to them by law. But for laborers who come to this country to work temporarily under the H-2B visa program, the ability…

Stopping Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All: New York Leads the Way

Stopping Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All: New York Leads the Way

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Katharine Bodde, New York Civil Liberties Union at 12:32pm

Julie Desantis-Mayer had worked as a package driver at UPS for nearly ten years before she and her husband made the decision...

States Fight Back Against Pregnancy Discrimination

States Fight Back Against Pregnancy Discrimination

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project & Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:48pm

When Peggy Young got pushed out of her job at UPS after she became pregnant, she fought back by bringing a lawsuit against her employer, claiming that UPS discriminated against her by refusing to give her a light duty rotation, even though UPS admitted…

Women: Do You Work Just for the Sake of Working?

Women: Do You Work Just for the Sake of Working?

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:22pm

A case pending before the Supreme Court will decide whether female Wal-Mart employees may bring their pay discrimination claims as a class action, or must bring their cases one at a time.

Celebrating Title IX at 40:  Texas Victory Leads to Better Response to Sexual Assault in Schools

Celebrating Title IX at 40: Texas Victory Leads to Better Response to Sexual Assault in Schools

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:56am

My kids’ school let out for the summer this week, and as I drove by the locked doors today I was overcome with a warm feeling that comes when you know your children were able to learn in a safe environment. Our client, Rachel Bradshaw (in…

Tear Down the “Maternal Wall!” FMLA Protects Women in the Workplace

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:08am

More than 30 years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers still engage in two kinds of pregnancy-related sex discrimination. First, they discriminate outright against workers who get pregnant — firing them or refusing…

Students Mobilize for Change During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:51pm

(Originally posted on Feministing.)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and schools and colleges around the country are waking up to the power of Title IX — the federal civil rights law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally…

Win for Title IX and the Constitution

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:33pm

Yesterday the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous ruling with important implications for civil rights. The court held, by a vote of 9 - 0, that a plaintiff who brings a sex discrimination claim under Title IX — the federal law banning sex…

Survey Shows Sexual Harassment in School Is All Too Common

Survey Shows Sexual Harassment in School Is All Too Common

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:18pm

According to a new study, sexual harassment, including unwanted sexual touching and sexual coercion as well as milder behaviors, is a regular feature of going to school for a significant number of American middle- and high-school students. The…

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