Workplace Rights

Workplace Rights

Overview

Nearly 50 years after sex discrimination was prohibited, women continue to be paid less, face sexual harassment, and confront barriers to hiring and promotion. Many low-wage women work in jobs providing no paid leave. They are critical breadwinners and simply cannot afford to forfeit wages in order to take time off from work. Yet, they remain principal family caretakers; they become pregnant but need to work; and they have little access to back-up family care services.

Programs & Initiatives

  • Legal Momentum is a leader in promoting opportunity and equality for women in non-traditional job sectors, such as the construction trades and in law enforcement, many of which are high-paying, have career tracks, and provide job security, annual leave, and other benefits. We advocate for policies that improve women’s access to such jobs, support an organized constituency of tradeswomen, and engage in litigation challenging rampant employment discrimination in these jobs.
  • Pregnancy and Family Responsibilities
    As more and more families depend on women’s income – and an increasing number of women are their family’s primary breadwinner – the ability to maintain employment before, during, and after pregnancy has become imperative. Though pregnancy and child-care demands affect women workers at all levels, for many low-wage working women the needs – and challenges – are especially severe.
  • Legal Momentum works to enforce and expand laws and policies enacted to protect working women. We use our expertise in employment and pregnancy discrimination law to prevent and redress discrimination and harassment against women on a national scale. We work at every level of government to strengthen and promote systemic and policy-based solutions to the challenges faced by women, especially for women working in low wage and non-traditional fields.

Contact Us

HEADQUARTERS

5 Hanover Square, Ste 1502

New York, NY 10004

(212) 925-6635

E-MAIL

Media Inquiries: info@legalmomentum.org

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