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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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White Paper: Does the stereotype that “Asian people are good at science” help women of Asian descent in STEM careers? No.

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New research from the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings on bias against Asian women in STEM.  “The stereotype in the United States is that “Asian people are good at science.” You might think that this stereotype would advantage U.S. women of Asian descent in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. We found the opposite: instead, they encounter the same types of bias that other people of color do. This information is important because most diversity initiatives in STEM address the challenges faced by under-represented minorities (URMs)—black and Latino/a people—but exclude Asian people.”

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WorkLife Law presents at BreastfeedLA’s Advocacy 101 Training

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WorkLife Law is presenting at the BreastfeedLA’s Breastfeeding Advocacy 101 Free Training on Thursday, August 31. Staff attorney Hilary Rau will be discussing all the major federal and California laws that protect breastfeeding workers and giving some strategic advice for talking with employers about lactation accommodations. We are joining the California Breastfeeding Coalition, Northeast Valley Health Corporation, Legal Aid at Work, California Women’s Law Center, and ACLU of Southern California. For more information, visit http://breastfeedla.org/breastfeeding-advocacy-101-training/.

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New Report on Postdoc Parents

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The Center’s Pregnant Scholar Initiative has just released a report, Parents in the Pipeline: Retaining Postdoctoral Researchers with Families. This report is part of the Center’s effort to ensure that parents—and mothers in particular—have an equal opportunity to advance in STEM fields.  Parents in the Pipeline, based on institutional data and the first comprehensive nationwide survey of postdocs who have children, highlights the full dimension of the parenthood leak in the STEM pipeline and what institutions can do about it.

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