Our Mission

As leaders in the fight for the millions of workers and students responsible for providing care for their loved ones, the Center for WorkLife Law is an advocacy and research organization committed to advancing racial, gender, and class equity. At WorkLife Law, we address inequality at the national level and in states around the country by 1) Promoting structural policy change in workplaces and school, 2) Offering direct assistance to workers and students facing discrimination, and 3) Providing technical support for litigation that expands legal rights. 


These are just some of the problems that U.S. workers currently face. At the Center for WorkLife Law, we intervene on these problems through both systems-level change and individual interventions.

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WorkLife Law News

WorkLife Law Staff Attorney’s Letter to the Editor Encourages Using New Federal Employment Law to Advocate for Mental Health Accommodations

A recent KFF Health News article reported that private health insurers have delayed the availability of a revolutionary postpartum depression treatment. Our senior staff attorney Juliana Franco’s letter to the editor in response was published this week. In it, Juliana explains how mental health care providers can use the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act as a tool to support their patients who need time off for appointments or other changes at work. Juliana also shared about her own experience with postpartum depression.


WorkLife Law’s Next Chapter: Message from Incoming Co-Directors Jessica Lee and Liz Morris

As WorkLife Law’s founding director Joan Williams recently announced, she is passing the baton to the next generation of WorkLife Law leaders this summer. Incoming Co-Directors Jessica Lee and Liz Morris are excited to step into their new roles leading the Center in our fight for economic security, racial justice, and health equity for workers, students, and the families they care for. Click here to read their message introducing themselves and sharing their vision for WorkLife Law’s future.


WorkLife Law’s Leadership Change

Twenty-five years after founding the Center for WorkLife Law, Director Joan C. Williams is passing to the next generation the leadership of the Cener’s work advancing legal protections for caregiving workers and students. This summer, Liz Morris, the Center’s Deputy Director, and Jessica Lee, its Senior Staff Attorney, will become co-directors of the Center for WorkLife Law. Joan will start her own next chapter as the founding director of the Equality Action Center at UC Law SF, along with SVP Jamie Dolkas and Research Director Rachel Korn. Click here to read Joan’s letter announcing the big news and celebrating that we now have two organizations focused on moving us to a world without inequalities based on race, class and gender. 


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