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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.

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 to promote them when they need to take time off for pregnancy-related care and childbirth, and forcing them off the job by refusing to accommodate some women’s temporary restrictions on heavy lifting or other physical job duties. Second, employers discriminate against women workers more generally, by firing or refusing to hire or promote women based on stereotypical assumptions that women in a certain age bracket will — or should — get pregnant, have children, and cost the employer money by leaving the workplace or shifting to a less work-intensive “mommy track.”

Wal-Mart Now "Women-Friendly?" We Don't Think So

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:12pm

The New York Times reported yesterday that Wal-Mart is rolling out "women-friendly plans" to buy more from women-owned businesses and to help women who work for Wal-Mart's suppliers. While the company acknowledged that the "majority"…

Can Your School Punish You for Being Raped?

Can Your School Punish You for Being Raped?

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:14pm

When a girl tells a teacher or coach that she was raped in the hallways or parking lot of her high school, is her school allowed to make her leave school, drop a class, or quit a team or activity? Can her school tell her to "work it out"…

Women of Wal-Mart Fight for Their Day in Court

Women of Wal-Mart Fight for Their Day in Court

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:17pm

I arrived at the Supreme Court early yesterday morning to attend the oral argument in Wal-Mart v. Dukes with ACLU Women's Rights Project Director Lenora Lapidus. At issue is whether this sex discrimination case against Wal-Mart should be allowed…

Appeals Court Rules Lawsuit by Muslim Woman Forced to Remove Her Headscarf Can Proceed

Appeals Court Rules Lawsuit by Muslim Woman Forced to Remove Her Headscarf Can Proceed

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Mark Rosenbaum, ACLU of Southern California at 2:38pm

When Souhair Khatib went to the Orange County Superior Court in Southern California in 2006, she had no idea that she was in for a humiliating and traumatic violation of her most closely held religious beliefs. Khatib came to court to seek an extension…

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.

Putting Dignity on the Guest List

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:44am

Imagine if you had agreed to host Thanksgiving dinner — but your relatives weren’t allowed to come to your house, or anywhere near it. This is the situation faced by many families living in public housing, including the plaintiffs in…

The Importance of Class Actions in Fighting Workplace Discrimination

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:17pm

It's no secret that the fight for equality in the workforce is far from over. In fact, even though it's been more decades since Congress passed the key laws that were supposed to eradicate employment discrimination ― Title VII of the Civil Rights…

Title IX: Looking Back and Ahead

By Aliya Hussain, Women's Rights Project & Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Jessica Moldovan, Women's Rights Project at 5:27pm

Before 1972, there was little protection for women and girls against sex discrimination in education. Today, we celebrate the 38th Anniversary of Title IX, recognizing advances that have been made, as well as the work that remains to be done.

Title…

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…

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