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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.”
Pushing the Pentagon to Do the Right Thing

Pushing the Pentagon to Do the Right Thing

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:02pm

Yesterday, four servicewomen and the Service Women’s Action Network filed an updated complaint in their lawsuit against the Department of Defense for its ongoing policy and practice of banning women from thousands of jobs across the military, including…

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…

Pregnancy Discrimination: Another Battleground in the War on Women

Pregnancy Discrimination: Another Battleground in the War on Women

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:32pm

Access to birth control, forced ultrasounds – lately there’s been a lot of news about efforts to roll women’s rights back by decades. Less attention has been paid to the way in which pregnant women and nursing mothers have been…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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