This Thanksgiving is sure to be an unconventional one, as families navigate staying safe during a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country. But when it comes to the demand for turkey on our plates, it’s business as usual—so we must keep fighting for the workers who process our food, who are denied the opportunity to care for their own health and their loved ones without jeopardizing their income.
A Better Balance filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging the attendance policy of a major manufacturing company, TydenBrooks Security Products, after they terminated a long-time employee, Kaytiara McAlister, for leaving her shift early to prevent having a miscarriage. The complaint alleges that the termination violated the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett is a disgrace. It undermines the significance of the Supreme Court as an institution and disrespects Justice Ginsburg’s legacy. As the pandemic rages on, and millions of families struggle to make ends meet, the Senate chose to confirm an extremist and dangerous judge with a heartless disdain for this country's most vulnerable and marginalized people rather than pass a COVID relief package.
We authored and sent a letter to the Senate expressing our strong opposition to the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett— signed by 95 groups that support the rights of workers to care for themselves and their loved ones without compromising their economic security. As we express in the letter, the rushed confirmation process currently underway is a disgrace. It undermines the significance of the Supreme Court as an institution and disrespects Justice Ginsburg’s legacy. Furthermore, Judge Barrett’s record has made clear that she is opposed to the rights of working people and unsympathetic to the needs of their families—being a successful woman and mother does not make Judge Barrett an appropriate successor to Justice Ginsburg.
With this nomination, our fundamental rights are at stake, from health care to workers' rights to protections from discrimination. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who the nominee would replace, spent her entire career and her time on the Court fighting for equal justice for all Americans. We urge the Senate to wait to confirm Justice Ginsburg's replacement to the Supreme Court until Americans vote in the next election and their choice for President can make the selection. Only through a fair and democratice process can the Supreme Court meet its mandate to provide "equal justice under law."
We are deeply saddened and grieve the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a fearless champion and brilliant jurist who dedicated her life to fighting for gender equality and providing equal treatment to all under the law. She is an inspiration to us in her steadfast belief that the power of the law can and should be used to help drive necessary social change. Her philosophy paved the way for our work as a gender justice legal organization in many ways, including in her important recognition that discrimination against women hurts everyone in society and that supporting male caregivers is critical to supporting all families.
Judge Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York issued a decision striking down key regulatory restrictions on the ability of workers to use their emergency paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General’s office challenging elements of the Department of Labor’s regulations that significantly impair the ability of workers to use their rights. As the New York Attorney General remarked on Twitter of this decision, “This is a major victory for workers across New York and our entire nation.”
July 26th marked 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—a groundbreaking law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, housing, and public spaces. Since its passage, the ADA has led to transformative changes in our workplaces and communities. Critically, the law guarantees workers with disabilities a right to the reasonable accommodations they need to stay healthy and working. Unfortunately, too many workers have been unable to access the protections they are legally entitled to under the ADA.
With many schools, camps, and child care facilities closed, millions of parents are left making impossible choices between raising their kids and earning a paycheck. This is not an individual issue. This is a systemic issue. And Congress must act now to put systems in place to support working parents.
In reaching this decision, the Court adhered to its precedent, having found a nearly identical Texas law unconstitutional in the 2016 case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. This case is undoubtedly a victory, ensuring that those most impacted by these bans including low-income women, women of color, trans & non-binary people of color, and those in rural communities will retain access to critical services, but also serves as a reminder that we were only one vote away from precedent being overturned. More than that, attacks on reproductive health remain rampant.