Spotlight

  • On June 4, 2015, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”) was re-introduced in Congress with bipartisan support. The bill calls for reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers and is modeled after the Americans with Disabilities
  • Legal Momentum's Senior Vice President and Director of the National Judicial Education Program, Lynn Hecht Schafran, and Vice President for Government Relations, Lisalyn Jacobs, worked together with a small group of organizations to meet with the Department of Justice’s Special Litigation Section to urge them to issue a Guidance on Gender-Biased Policing. This is the group's formal request letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, which was circulated to organizations across the country requesting them to sign on.
  • “Women’s soccer isn’t as fun to watch as men’s soccer.” “Women don’t play as well as men.” “There just isn’t as big an audience for women’s sports.” These are some automatic responses to allegations of gender discrimination in women’s soccer. But these justifications are factually inaccurate. Rather, FIFA and soccer confederations take deliberate active measures to ensure that women athletes don’t receive the same number of fans, equal glory or fat paychecks as their male counterparts.
  • Today’s Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is a thrilling victory for the cause of equal human rights for all Americans.
  • We grieve for nine innocent African American churchgoers who were slaughtered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston Wednesday night because of the color of their skin. The terrorist said he did this because of their race, his actions stemming from hate. Terror and fear now permeate our houses of worship and our souls. We have wept, prayed, tweeted, mobilized and marched for a new social justice movement that demands true equal justice for all.
  • Our hearts go out to those mourning the nine Americans killed in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. on Wednesday night. As we join them in mourning, we must work together to repair a society so broken that racial hatred can instigate unimaginable violence. All people of good will must speak strongly and act decisively to banish violence and hate.
  • This opinion piece by Legal Momentum's Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Penny M. Venetis, calls for FIFA to include an end to gender bias in much-needed reforms.
  • High-ranking officials of FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, have been indicted for corruption. FIFA's illegal activities don't stop there, however. Rampant gender bias exists at every level of FIFA, from the top down. This multi-billion dollar powerhouse deliberately excludes and discriminates against women. It's time for that to end.
  • The scarf ruling not only supported religious freedom in hiring but also gender equity, said Penny Venetis, executive vice president and legal director of Legal Momentum, the New York-based nonprofit that advocates the legal rights of women.“Even though this ruling was about religious freedom, it was also against gender discrimination and stereotypical thinking about beauty in hiring decisions,” Venetis said.
  • The author of this Washington Post opinion piece on the need for greater commitment to diversity in the legal profession is a member of Legal Momentum's Board of Directors.
  • Legal Momentum's President and CEO, Carol Robles-Román, and Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First, wrote this Miami Herald Op-Ed piece calling on the Obama administration to end the detention of immigrant families.