Name of Host Organization: Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
City, State: Washington, District of Columbia
Issue area: Workers' Rights, Women's Rights
Sponsors: Crowell & Moring LLP
Christine protected the rights of low-income mothers in the District of Columbia to be free from workplace discrimination related to pregnancy and family responsibilities through direct representation, outreach, and policy reform.
Need Addressed By Project
Working women provide crucial financial and emotional support to their families. Indeed, women are the sole or co-breadwinner in two-thirds of American families, yet too often they are targeted for harassment and poor treatment at work due to their pregnancy or caregiving obligations. State and federal laws prohibit such discrimination, but enforcing these laws can be costly and time-consuming. Consequently, it is difficult for low-income women to challenge even the most egregious practices, yet these are the women who can least afford to lose their jobs.