CWLC and ERA advocate for the rights of victims before California Supreme Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 16, 2021 CONTACT: Amy Poyer, amy.poyer@cwlc.org, 323-951-1041 LOS ANGELES, CA — California Women’s Law Center and Equal Rights Advocates, represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, earlier this month filed an important amicus brief in support of the University of Southern California before the California Supreme Court in Boermeester v. Carry.  The issue before
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Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: A Follow Up on the Challenges Ahead

This webinar will follow up on our April 29, 2021 Primer on Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in California. During the pandemic, the already serious public health crisis of domestic violence has been thrust further into the spotlight. This “bite size” webinar will focus on the challenges COVID-19 has presented for survivors and the potential legal
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Troutman Pepper Pro Bono Team Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of California Women’s Law Center and 24 Nationwide Co-Signatories

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2021 CONTACT:Amy Poyer, amy.poyer@cwlc.org, 323-951-1041 ORANGE COUNTY, CA—On June 17, 2021, a Troutman Pepper pro bono team filed an amicus curiae brief in California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three, on behalf of the California Women’s Law Center and 24 supporting co-signatories from around the country, including the Battered
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Training: Equal Pay Laws: What You Need to Know

Please join CWLC Senior Staff Attorney, Amy Poyer and Jessica Ramey Stender of Equal Rights Advocates for a webinar that will address what attorneys need to know concerning equal pay legislation and case law. This is a rapidly changing legal landscape that attorneys working in multiple industries should have a working knowledge of, including: employment
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CWLC settles with Vista Unified School District over Title IX dispute

Amy Poyer, Senior Staff Attorney for the California Women’s Law Center, was recently interviewed by ABC 10 San Diego about the Vista Unified School District Title IX athletics settlement involving female athletes at Vista High School. The girls’ softball team had inferior facilities, equipment, scheduling, promotion, and participation gap in comparison to the boys’ baseball team and other boys’ sports
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California Women’s Law Center Reaches Agreement to Level the Playing Field at Vista High School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 25, 2021 CONTACT:Amy Poyer, amy.poyer@cwlc.org, 323-951-1041Kim Turner, kturner@legalaidatwork.org, 415-593-0054 California Women’s Law Center Reaches Agreement to Level the Playing Field at Vista High SchoolAgreement to Create a Level Playing Field for Girls Vista, CA: The Vista Unified School District is focused on their commitment to equity as a district value. To that
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CWLC Executive Director Speaks at SAGE’s Southern California Virtual Town Hall

On April 22, 2021 CWLC Executive Director Betsy Butler spoke with SAGE for their Southern California Virtual Town Hall about California’s aging LGBT population and the policy changes taking place to help ensure older residents live with dignity and respect. Watch the discussion with the panelists here.

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: A Legal Primer and Challenges Ahead

During the pandemic, the already serious public health crisis of domestic violence has been thrust further into the spotlight.  In this webinar we will explain and explore one effective tool for addressing domestic violence: a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO). We will give an overview on current law and procedure on who and what qualifies
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Speaker Series: Persisting in the Struggle for Equality

On March 29, 2021, the California Women’s Law Center was delighted to host a Speaker Series with Dolores Huerta, Lilly Ledbetter, and Supervisor Hilda Solis. This event was moderated by Betsy Butler, CWLC and Kathy Spillar, Feminist Majority Foundation. The conversation honored Women’s History month and our panel of trailblazing women’s rights advocates who discussed
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California Women’s Law Center Releases Statewide Breastfeeding Report Card for California School Districts

For Immediate Release February 24, 2021Contact: cwlc@cwlc.org, 323-951-1041 California Women’s Law Center Releases Statewide Breastfeeding Report Card for California School Districts LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24, 2021 – The California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) is releasing an analysis of the status of lactation accommodation policies in 414 California K-12 public school districts in 57 of the
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Speaker Series: The 28th Amendment: The Final Push for the ERA

On March 31, 2021, the California Women’s Law Center was excited to host a Speaker Series with Linda Coberly, Professor Julie Suk, and Kate Kelly. The event was moderated by Kathy Spillar, Feminist Majority Foundation. The conversation honored Women’s History Month and discussed the history of the ERA, the current status of the ERA, and
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A CWLC Update: Breastfeeding Access in California

Breastfeeding has numerous health benefits for both mother and child. Despite laws requiring that workplaces and schools provide lactation accommodations, many new mothers are not aware of their rights and drop out of school, often because of barriers to breastfeeding goals. Compliance with the law is crucial to ensure students and employees know their rights and how to exercise them, allowing moms to care for
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CWLC condemns U.S. Department of Education memorandum on historic Bostock v. Clayton County decision by U.S. Supreme Court on Title VII and Title IX

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a memorandum stating that the historic Bostock v. Clayton County decision, handed down by the United States Supreme Court last June, does not prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in schools. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination “because of sex” in the workplace and Title IX of the
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Gender Equity in Sports During Covid-19: A Review

Girls and young women who play sports benefit in many ways: they get better grades, earn higher wages later in life, and have better health outcomes. Almost 20 years ago, California enacted the Fair Play in Community Sports Act, requiring local youth sports programs to provide equal opportunities, treatment, and benefits to girls and boys
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CWLC comments on the importance of collecting pay data in California

Amy Poyer, Senior Staff Attorney for the California Women’s Law Center, talked with Law360 about the importance of Senate Bill 973 which was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in September. The bill seeks to address wage disparities in California by requiring large employers to submit annual pay data sorted by gender, race, ethnicity and job category to the Department of Fair Employment
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CWLC Speaker Series with Congressman Adam Schiff

On December 16, 2020, The California Women’s Law Center was delighted to host a Speaker Series with Congressman Adam Schiff which was moderated by Brad Sears of UCLA Law School.    The conversation underscored a number of pressing issues impacting women, families and the LGBTQ community as well as a discussion about the economic challenges we are experiencing due to COVID-19.   To
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CWLC teams up with LA Sparks for Pay Equity Panel

California Women’s Law Center is expanding a number of partnerships to be more effective advocates for women and girls. We are particularly proud of our strengthened relationship with WNBA Champions the Los Angeles Sparks. We are grateful the LA Sparks are using their platform to strengthen our communities via their #WeAreGirls Workshop, which seeks to
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Speaker Series with Congressman Adam Schiff

The California Women’s Law Center’s Speaker Series presents Congressman Adam Schiff, 28th Congressional District. With Co-Hosts:Blain & AssociatesFEM Law GroupLaw Offices of Victor GeorgeDiana Hughes Leiden & Adam Leiden DECEMBER 16, 2020 AT 2:30 PM Moderated by Brad Sears, Associate Dean of Public Interest Law at UCLA; David Sanders Distinguished Scholar of Law & Policy
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Training: Title IX, Me Too, & Administrative Law (2020)

CWLC’s Senior Staff Attorney, Amy Poyer, speaks in the second panel of the legal training Title IX, Me Too, & Administrative Law. Amy discusses litigation responses to the Trump/DeVos Administrative Actions and other backlash efforts from 2017 through the present. These four panels are eligible for 7 MCLE credits, provided by California Western School of
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CWLC’s Efforts to Stop Violence Against Women

Free Legal Housing Clinic – Every Other Saturday

For the past few years, the California Women’s Law Center has hosted free monthly legal clinics to help renters understand their legal housing rights and avoid eviction. As the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates financial challenges for women and families, safe and affordable housing is an increasingly urgent need. CWLC makes available attorneys specialized in housing law
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CWLC Represents Plaintiff in Title IX Case Featured by Law 360

The California Women’s Law Center and The Zalkin Law Firm are representing a plaintiff who has accused the University of Southern California of acting negligently and with discrimination in a Title IX sexual assault case. Read Law 360’s piece featuring this case: “USC Law Grad Says School Rigged Rape Investigation”

Law.com Features CWLC Title IX Campus Sexual Assault Case

The California Women’s Law Center and The Zalkin Law Firm are representing a plaintiff who has accused the University of Southern California of acting negligently and with discrimination in a Title IX sexual assault case. Read Law.com’s piece featuring this case: “‘Replete With Sexual Misconduct’: Former USC Law Student Accuses Officials of Rigging Rape Investigation”

CWLC Is Here to Help During COVID-19

As we confront the known and unknown challenges of COVID-19, we recognize life is dramatically more difficult for many people today than it was just a few weeks ago.

Position Announcement

CWLC is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Communications and Marketing. CWLC seeks an energetic self-starter who will embrace the responsibility of assisting in the formulation and implementation of CWLC’s strategies to secure justice for women and girls. Excellent written and verbal skills and attention to detail is essential.  The Director of Communications
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Recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month during a global pandemic

This year, we are recognizing Domestic Violence Prevention Month during a global pandemic. We know that violence against women is and has been on the rise, as cities around the country have confirmed an increase in police calls and reports. Some women have been forced to shelter-in-place with an abuser. Travel restrictions and financial constraints
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Native Women’s Equal Pay Day 2020

Today is Native Women’s Equal Pay Day in the United States, which marks how far into 2020 the average Native woman must work to earn what a white man did in 2019.  Native women earned just 60 cents on the dollar last year.  While the exact amount varies, Native women are paid less no matter their education level, in rural areas
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Honoring the Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A woman’s right to choose an abortion is something central to a woman’s life, to her dignity… And when government controls that decision for her, she’s being treated as less than a full adult human being responsible for her own choices.

Free Legal Housing Clinic – October 10 & 24, 2020

For the past few years, the California Women’s Law Center has hosted free monthly legal clinics to help renters understand their legal housing rights and avoid eviction. As the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates financial challenges for women and families, safe and affordable housing is an increasingly urgent need. CWLC makes available attorneys specialized in housing law
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CWLC Talks to NBC7 About the Legacy of Justice Ginsburg

Like millions of women and men across the country, CWLC was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Justice Ginsberg’s sharp legal mind and staunch support of the rights of women and girls made her a fierce champion for equality. CWLC Senior Staff Attorney, Amy Poyer, spoke to NBC7-San Diego
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California Supreme Court Grants Review in USC Campus Domestic Violence Case Boermeester v. Carry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 24, 2020                                                                         MEDIA CONTACTS: Dinah.Stephens@cwlc.org / Jeagle@equalrights.org / tevangelis@gibsondunn.com The California Supreme Court granted review in Boermeester v. Carry, a case involving the expulsion of a University of Southern California student for intimate partner violence. This is the first domestic violence case involving a student in California to make it to the Supreme
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CWLC Statement on the Forced Sterilization of Immigrant Women in ICE Detention Center

A courageous whistleblower has reported that immigrant and migrant women at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia have been sterilized without their knowledge or consent. The whistleblower’s allegations assert that this facility, a private prison contracted with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), engaged a medical provider to perform unnecessary hysterectomies on women without their
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The Inaugural International Equal Pay Day

Today is the inaugural International Equal Pay Day, recognized by the United Nations to bring attention to the gender wage discrimination women experience worldwide. Globally, the pay gap is estimated to be at twenty-three cents. This compares similarly to the average pay gap in the U.S., which has been at least twenty cents for several years.   Pay
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It’s Time to Renew the Violence Against Women Act

Twenty-six years ago, in 1994, Congress officially recognized violence against women as a national crisis and took steps to combat gender violence on a national level by passing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA allocated resources to train and educate law enforcement, investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women, and support survivors and their families. Since
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Training: Facing Housing Barriers: Gender, Evictions, and COVID-19 (2020)

There has been a growing housing crisis in California for some time and the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly exacerbated the barriers many families face when seeking safe, affordable housing. Women are especially vulnerable economically and many are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic, putting them at increased risk of homelessness. This webinar will focus on the intersection of gender
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Free Legal Housing Clinics – August 15 & 29

CWLC hosts free bi-monthly legal clinics for renters who are facing eviction or other legal issues related to their housing. Please RSVP for a 30 min appointment with an attorney specialized in housing law.

Online Discussion: NCAA Data Shows Gender Equity in Sports is Getting Worse

California Women’s Law Center teamed up with Champion Women to perform an in-depth analysis of data available from the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act. Because athletics is sex-segregated, discrimination and gaps are easy to measure. The data shows discrimination throughout intercollegiate sports and that the inequality is growing at an unrestrained rate, and we presented our
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Recognizing Women’s Equality Day and the Ongoing Journey to Gender Equity

One hundred years ago, on August 26th, 1920, the 19th Amendment was incorporated into the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women’s legal right to vote. Today, this date is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day and it is an opportunity to reflect upon the progress we have made, as well as the work that remains.  Shortly after the 19th Amendment was
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11th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

I am proud to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, an Act named after a courageous advocate, and my dear friend, Lilly. When Lilly discovered in 1998 that she had experienced 19 years of gender-based pay discrimination, she took action and sued her employer. While she won that lawsuit in court
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