The National Women’s Law Center has formed the Legal Network for Gender Equity and has recruited more than 80 attorneys from 50 states to assist women and girls who are victims of sex discrimination.
The Law Center has grown concerned that sex discrimination protections have weakened under the Trump Administration. More categories of employers, including publicly traded companies, may opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections. Efforts by the EEOC to collect data from large companies about what they pay their employees by job category, race, ethnicity, and gender have been halted. And Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault has been revoked and replaced with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints.
The goal is to have attorneys affiliated with the network in all 50 states.
The National Women’s Law Center will serve as the network’s hub to provide women and girls with legal resources and names of attorneys who are willing to take on cases.