Jumpstarting the Stalled Gender Revolution

The Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law seeks to jumpstart the stalled gender revolution by focusing, at any given time, on a few projects that hold the promise of producing concrete social or institutional change within a three-to-five year time frame. WorkLife Law has pioneered the research and documentation of family responsibilities discrimination, also known as caregiver discrimination, which includes pregnancy discrimination (including a failure to provide pregnancy accommodations) as well as employment discrimination against parents and elder caregivers. Our current initiatives include programs and best practices for advancing women leaders, case studies on major law firm rainmakers and new models of legal practice, research on how gender bias differs by race, and an innovative working group on pregnancy accommodation.

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WorkLife Law works with a variety of stakeholders, reflecting our belief that many different parties have a role to play in social and organizational change around work-life issues. For instance, WorkLife Law works with employers to identify and prevent discriminatory practices, assists employees who may be experiencing pregnancy discrimination or caregiver discrimination at work, operates a Family Responsibilities Discrimination Hotline for both employers and employees, and provides technical guidance to state and federal policymakers who seek to develop public policies to prevent caregiver discrimination.