New groundbreaking report from WorkLife Law shows widespread breastfeeding discrimination

December 17, 2018

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Our latest report, Exposed: Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workersanalyzes breastfeeding legal cases from the last decade to document patterns of discrimination, and analyzes new data on the scope of existing state and federal laws to protect against discrimination. We found that 27.6 million women of childbearing age don’t have the basic protections needed by all breastfeeding workers.


WorkLife Law Needs Your Help With National Bias Survey

June 15, 2018

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WorkLife Law is launching the Bias at Work Survey, a new project from our Bias Interrupters initiative. Bias at Work is a national survey gathering real-world data on workplace bias from people all across the United States. We are asking women and men in any kind of work setting to share their experiences anonymously. Our researchers will analyze the survey data with the goal of creating tools that more accurately combat workplace bias and helps to advance workplace equity.

Take the survey— and share with your friends!




Center for WorkLife Law announces 2018 Summer Law Fellows

May 22, 2018

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The Center for WorkLife Law is pleased to announce its 2018 Summer Law Fellows. The Rebecca Pontikes Law Fellow and Stephanie Hicks Law Fellow will serve as integral members of the WorkLife Law staff. They will conduct legal research to advance protections for pregnant, parenting, and breastfeeding workers and students, to address sexual harassment at work, and to prevent family responsibilities discrimination.  They will also serve as key team members for WorkLife Law’s annual Hastings Leadership Academy for Women.


New Report Released: Stable Scheduling Increases Productivity and Sales

March 28, 2018

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Joan C. Williams at the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law, in partnership with Susan J. Lambert at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Saravanan Kesavan at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, is pleased to announce the release of the Stable Scheduling Study.


For Women and Minorities to Get Ahead, Managers Must Assign Work Fairly

March 5, 2018

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The latest article by WorkLife Law Founding Director Joan C. Williams and Research and Policy Fellow Marina Multhaup reveals the major diversity initiative that your company may be missing. Assignments of “glamour work” – that is, work that gets noticed around the office and can lead to promotions – must be distributed fairly and equally.


Results from White Paper Published in The Atlantic

January 31, 2018

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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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