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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.

Protection for Women Workers at Stake in Coleman

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Vivian Costandy, Women's Rights Project at 3:19pm
Today the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the most significant case about the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and sex discrimination in employment since the landmark 2003 case Nevada Dep’t of Human Resources v. Hibbs. The case is Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals and, like Hibbs, it concerns the constitutionality of a provision of the FMLA, signed by President Clinton in his first act in office in 1993.

Protections for Home Care Workers: Ending An Unjust Legacy

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:31pm

"Year in and year out, Evelyn Coke left her Queens house early to go to the homes of elderly, sick, often dying people. She bathed them, cooked for them, helped them dress and monitored their medications. She sometimes worked three consecutive…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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