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Fairness for Workers Laboring in the Shadows

Fairness for Workers Laboring in the Shadows

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 1:05pm
Leopolda Zumaya was working as an apple picker in Pennsylvania when he fell from a tree, breaking his leg and leaving him with permanent nerve damage and a chronic pain disorder. A treating physician said Mr. Zumaya's injuries were among the worst he'd seen, but when his boss learned Mr. Zumaya could not return to work, he ejected Mr. Zumaya from the farm labor camp where he lived and refused to pay benefits. More than eight years later, Mr. Zumaya continues to suffer chronic pain and struggles to walk.
The Legacies of Slavery and Jim Crow Live on With Exclusion of Home Health Care Workers from Fair Labor Laws

The Legacies of Slavery and Jim Crow Live on With Exclusion of Home Health Care Workers from Fair Labor Laws

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:04pm

This year, our nation came close to ending a shameful, nearly century-long chapter in history that carried on the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow for domestic workers in the U.S. But on the cusp of finally bringing justice to a neglected class of…

Supreme Court Decision Could Be Crucial to Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

Supreme Court Decision Could Be Crucial to Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

By Michaela Wallin, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 9:59am

In 1999, Tiffani Alvera was violently assaulted by her husband in their Oregon home and had to be hospitalized. After she provided a copy of the restraining order she obtained to her property manager, her landlord ordered her to vacate the apartment…

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.…

Victims of Crime No Longer Have to Fear Calling 911 in Pennsylvania

Victims of Crime No Longer Have to Fear Calling 911 in Pennsylvania

By Michaela Wallin, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 4:52pm

No one should be afraid to call 911 when facing danger in their home.

Yet, across the country, towns and cities have passed local laws – often called nuisance or crime free ordinances – that punish property owners and push for eviction…

#LetsTalk About Abortion

#LetsTalk About Abortion

By Erin White, Communications Manager, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:25pm

Research shows that nearly one in three women will have an abortion by the time she turns 45. Yet, far too often, we still think of abortion as a dirty word, not fit for polite company.

It's long past time for that to change. And thankfully,…

The Fight to Let Pregnant Women Work Reaches the Supreme Court

The Fight to Let Pregnant Women Work Reaches the Supreme Court

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 11:44am

Peggy Young worked for UPS delivering letters and packages. When she became pregnant, she requested but was denied less strenuous work. She was then forced off her job.

We first told you about Peggy's story back in 2012, when the ACLU announced…

Victory! Town Will No Longer Treat Domestic Violence Victims as Nuisances

Victory! Town Will No Longer Treat Domestic Violence Victims as Nuisances

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:18pm

Three strikes and you're out of your home and on the street – all because you called 911 for help. That was the nightmare faced by Lakisha Briggs and other residents of Norristown, Pa.

Under a local ordinance, three calls to the police in…

The American Public Gets It. President Obama Gets It. Why Doesn't Congress?

The American Public Gets It. President Obama Gets It. Why Doesn't Congress?

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 10:46am

Like millions of Americans, President Obama doesn't think it makes a lot of sense to fire an employee or force her to take unpaid leave because she's six months pregnant and needs a stool to sit on while working the cash register.

This is a…

UPS Finally Admits the Obvious – Letting Pregnant Workers Work is Good for Business

UPS Finally Admits the Obvious – Letting Pregnant Workers Work is Good for Business

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:36pm

We recently reported that the fight to let pregnant workers come to work has finally reached the Supreme Court.

On December 3, the court will hear the case of Peggy Young, a United Parcel Service (UPS) package driver who was forced off the…