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VICTORY! Federal Jury Holds Catholic School Accountable for Sex Discrimination

VICTORY! Federal Jury Holds Catholic School Accountable for Sex Discrimination

By Brian Hauss, Legal Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 3:28pm

Emily Herx never imagined that she could lose her job for trying to get pregnant. But after working for more than seven years as a literature and language arts teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana, she was shocked to learn that her teaching contract…

Amidst the Budget Chaos, Long-Awaited Abortion Coverage for Women in the Peace Corps

Amidst the Budget Chaos, Long-Awaited Abortion Coverage for Women in the Peace Corps

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 12:00am

The news out of Washington this weekend was dramatic as lawmakers hashed out an eleventh hour deal over a $1.1 trillion funding bill to narrowly avert a government shutdown. But amidst the chaos and special interest wins in favor of salty lunches and…

Ohio Just Defeated an Extreme Abortion Ban, but Don't Get Too Comfortable

Ohio Just Defeated an Extreme Abortion Ban, but Don't Get Too Comfortable

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:39pm

Last week, the Ohio House voted on legislation that was breathtaking in its extremism: It would have banned all abortions after six weeks -- before many women even know they're pregnant.

First the good news: Legislators voted down the bill.…

What's Next? Prosecuting a Pregnant Woman for Working Full Time?

What's Next? Prosecuting a Pregnant Woman for Working Full Time?

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:40am

This summer, Tennessee thumbed its nose at doctors, nearly every national medical association, addiction experts, and women's right activists and passed a law that essentially criminalizes pregnancy. In short, this deeply misguided law risks the health…

As If! Women Aren’t Clueless, Even If Politicians Continue to Act That Way

As If! Women Aren’t Clueless, Even If Politicians Continue to Act That Way

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:55pm

Late last week, the Arkansas Medical Board initially voted 7-6 not to intrude into the relationship between women and their doctors. They declined to require medical providers to perform an ultrasound exam for a woman seeking abortion care, and then…

A Win for Transgender Students You May Have Missed

A Win for Transgender Students You May Have Missed

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:17pm

This piece originally appeared in Slate on Dec. 3, 2014.

On Monday, the Department of Education released a long-awaited, much-needed guidance for elementary and secondary schools that offer or want to offer single-sex classes.

Included…

Treating School Kids Differently Based on Sex = Discrimination

Treating School Kids Differently Based on Sex = Discrimination

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:08pm

It should be a foregone conclusion that treating boys and girls differently in school is sex discrimination. Except in many schools across the country that isn't the case. Hopefully that's about to change.

A guidance document issued Monday…

Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers

Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 10:09am

Peggy Young worked for UPS delivering letters and packages. When she became pregnant, her doctor recommended that she avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. She requested a light-duty position so she would not have to lift heavy packages.

Sounds…

A Choice No Mother Should Have to Make

A Choice No Mother Should Have to Make

By Meghan McInerney at 2:42pm

Update: Nursing moms are now eligible for accommodations! The ABIM has just posted its new policy on its website, making nursing mothers eligible for additional break time and a private place to pump during any of the tests it administers. Thanks to…