Tuesday, May 21, 2013

          NoVo Grant Will Fight Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

          Sample alt tag.
          Joan Williams, Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law.

          The Center for WorkLife Law (WLL) at UC Hastings College of the Law has received a $30,000 grant from the NoVo Foundation to support the development of a working group of employment lawyers and Ob/Gyn doctors, and others to advance women’s economic rights.

          “We are grateful to the NoVo Foundation for funding work that will help low-income and blue-collar women throughout the country,” says Joan Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law.

          The funds from the NoVo Foundation will support WLL’s new Pregnancy Accommodation Working Group, which has been established to help pregnant women--particularly low-income workers--workers receive the accommodations they need to keep their jobs. Pregnancy discrimination involves treating a woman unfavorably in the workplace due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. Women experiencing this type of discrimination are often low-wage, minority workers, employed in hourly positions, supporting children, partners, and other family members. These jobs are a lifeline for many of the women facing pregnancy discrimination — lifelines that are all too frequently eliminated just when they are most needed.

          The Pregnancy Accommodation Working Group’s goal is to develop novel legal theories to establish that current law requires a wide range of pregnancy accommodations, and to disseminate those theories to over a thousand employment lawyers nationwide. Working with doctors from the University of California, San Francisco, they also will develop and disseminate Model Pregnancy Accommodation Notes to thousands of Ob/Gyn doctors nationwide.

          By partnering with and disseminating information to employment lawyers and Ob/Gyn doctors, the Pregnancy Accommodation Working Group empowers both groups with the tools they need to help ensure employers provide work-related accommodations to pregnant women.

          About NoVo Foundation

          NoVo Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society, moving from a culture of domination to one of equality and partnership. They support the development of capacities in people—individually and collectively—to help create a caring and balanced world. They envision a world that operates on the principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation, thereby reversing the old paradigm predicated on hierarchy, violence, and the subordination of girls and women.

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Monday, August 22, 2016

          Joshua Arce '00 is Running for San Francisco Board of Supervisors

          After 15 years as a civil rights and environmental attorney, he’s campaigning on a social justice platform.
          Thursday, August 11, 2016

          Adante Pointer '03: Fighting For Justice For Victims Of Fatal Police Shootings

          The civil rights attorney has represented the families of Mario Woods, Oscar Grant and Alex Nieto. 
          Wednesday, August 10, 2016

          2L Molly Nevius: Working for the Future of Reproductive Rights

          "I really believe that law students in particular have a unique responsibility to address the harm that institutional powers have created, and I hope to be a part of that."
          Wednesday, August 03, 2016

          UC Hastings Prof. Rory Little Leads Supreme Court Panel at ABA Annual Meeting

          “Review of the Supreme Court’s Term, Criminal Cases” on Friday, August 5, at 2 pm
          Tuesday, August 02, 2016

          Thinkers & Doers: July 2016

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves.
          Go to News Archive