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The Center for WorkLife Law is a research and advocacy organization at UC Hastings College of the Law that seeks to advance gender and racial equality in the workplace and in higher education. WorkLife Law focuses on initiatives with the potential to produce concrete social, legal, and institutional change within a three to five year timeframe. Our current major initiatives include programs for advancing women leaders, eliminating barriers for pregnant and breastfeeding workers and students, preventing Family Responsibilities Discrimination, and helping companies to interrupt and correct bias in the workplace and create more stable schedules for their hourly workers.

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Results from White Paper Published in The Atlantic

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The findings from WorkLife Law’s white paper “Does the stereotype that ‘Asian people are good at science’ help women of Asian descent in STEM careers? No” have been published in an article in the Atlantic. Co-authored by Joan C. Williams, Marina Multhaup, and Rachel Korn, the article discusses how common Asian-American stereotypes are holding back the careers of Asian-American women.

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The results are in! First look at data from scheduling study

WorkLife Law Founding Director Joan C. Williams, along with co-PIs Susan Lambert and Saravanan Kesavan, have released the first findings from their study on retail scheduling. They conducted an experiment with The Gap to find out if the use of a shift-swapping app would provide retail workers with the flexibility they needed to have more control over their schedules. The results are striking – read them here.

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Deputy Director Liz Morris writes blog post describing threat of Workflex Act

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Liz Morris outlines three key problems with a new bill introduced in Congress, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, in her latest HuffPost blog post. The Act threatens working parents’ ability to care for and support their families by undermining existing state laws and leaving employees vulnerable to employer abuse. Check out the full post here.

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