ALERT: Athletic Equity Reporting Law Under Attack in Harrisburg!
Unfortunately there are efforts underway in the Pennsylvania legislature to interfere with this law. Please urge your state legislators to VOTE NO ON HB 1734!
Philadelphia Enacts Pregnancy Discrimination Law
In Philadelphia, it is now unlawful for an employer to deny a pregnant employee access to water, bathroom breaks, or any other reasonable accommodation that does not present an undue hardship to the employer. On January 20, 2014, Mayor Nutter signed into law an amendment to the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance that makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to fail to provide reasonable accommodations to employees for needs related to pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions. It is enforced by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Go to full article.
WLP Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules Relating to Second-Parent Adoptions
WLP submitted comments on January 22 on the proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules as they relate to second-parent adoptions. Historically, WLP has played a pivotal part in advocating for and litigating second-parent adoption rights in Pennsylvania, including our key role in In re R.B.F., 803 A.2d 1195 (Pa. 2002). Accordingly, we have a longstanding interest in ensuring that the benefits of adoption are equally available to the children of same-sex couples as to the children of opposite-sex couples. See WLP Comments.
Motion for Preliminary Injunction Granted to Seventh-Grade Female Student to Join All-Male Wrestling Team
Flaster/Greenberg lawyer Abbe F. Fletman and Women’s Law Project attorney Terry L. Fromson were successful in obtaining a preliminary injunction requiring Line Mountain School District in Herndon, PA to allow seventh-grader Audriana Beattie to be part of the Line Mountain all-male wrestling program. Beattie has wrestled competitively, against boys and girls, since she was in third grade.
“We are very pleased that Audriana will have the opportunity to pursue her passion for wrestling on her school’s wrestling team,” said Terry Fromson of the Women’s Law Project. “Audriana is looking forward to continuing to practice and compete with the team, something she is very good at and has been practicing for more four years,” said Fletman of Flaster/Greenberg PC.
Women’s Advocates Applaud New Tool to Advance Equality in Girls’ Sports
Press Release: Pittsburgh and Philadelphia—Attorneys from the Women’s Law Project announced that, starting January 16, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Education will publicly post on its website the first completed athletic equity reports submitted in the fall of 2013 by public high schools, junior highs, and middle schools. The Department’s website can be found at http://www.pde.state.pa.us. These reports, required by the Equity in Interscholastic Athletics Disclosure Act, provide a snapshot of how school athletic programs treat female athletes by revealing the number of athletic opportunities available to girls and expenditures on school sports by team. See full press release.
WLP Submits Comments on Governor's Proposed Healthy Pennsylvania Proposal
The Women’s Law Project submitted comments on January 13th, to Beverly Mackereth, Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare, on the proposed Healthy Pennsylvania 1115 Demonstration Application (“Healthy Pennsylvania proposal”). WLP strongly urged the Governor to accept the federal government’s offer of expanding Medicaid as soon as possible – consistent with the Affordable Care Act and without pursuing approval of the Healthy Pennsylvania proposal. The current Medicaid program covers a wide range of services vital to women’s health and well-being, including reproductive healthcare, preventative and screening services, family planning, and maternity care up to 60 days postpartum. We sincerely question the Commonwealth’s proposed creation of additional barriers to health care when it can simply expand the existing Medicaid program. (See more of the Comments.)
Legislation Introduced as Part of the PA Agenda for Women's Health
Legislation has been introduced as part of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health, an initiative introduced by the Women's Health Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral caucus of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Go to Legislation.
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50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act
Fifteen national and state-based women’s rights legal organizations are marking the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 with the launch of the Equal Pay Today! Campaign. Read more about the Equal Pay Today! Campaign and what you can do.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has affirmed that the General Assembly meant what it clearly stated when it adopted a law in 2006 requiring insurers to pay claims to innocent victims whose homes and automobiles are damaged by the intentional acts of their abusive spouses. See Opinion and more.
The Women’s Law Project started advocating to improve police response to sex crimes in 1999 when it led the reform of police practice in Philadelphia. Our newly published Policy Brief (February 2013) describes the innovative strategies we have pursued at both the local and national level. See more resources covering Rape & Sexual Assault.
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