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Our Client Theresa Gonzales Speaks Out Against the Lack of Protections for Working Women in the South

Over the weekend, The New York Times published a powerful article featuring our client in Tennessee, Theresa Gonzales. Theresa, an admissions counselor and the sole breadwinner of her family who was about to become a first-time mother, told her employer, South College, she hoped to take six weeks of unpaid leave then return to her job. Instead, she was fired just days after giving birth because of a discriminatory policy only allowing a maximum of five days off from work.  As we told the Times, Theresa’s story is outrageously common.

New Policy Brief Released in Partnership with ThinkTennessee Highlights the Urgent Need for Policies that Support Tennessee’s Working Women and Families

Our new policy brief--State of Our State: Women in the Workforce, released jointly with nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee--highlights the systemic barriers in Tennessee that prevent women, especially women of color and mothers, from achieving economic security.

State of Our State: Women in the Workforce

  • May 13, 2019

Tennessee's Economy is Hampered by a Lack of Pro-Family Policies that Support Working Women Half of Tennessee families depend on a female breadwinner. Yet, most women in our state, especially…

Paid Family and Medical Leave Bills Sweep the Country

Momentum continues to build for paid family and medical leave across the country in the most exciting legislative session for paid family and medical leave bills yet. We’re working with coalition partners on bills across the country, providing drafting assistance and key legal and policy support.

ABB Urges Tennessee to Reject Medicaid Work Requirements

Medicaid recipients who can and do work are at risk of losing health care coverage, since low-wage workers are more likely to be underemployed and to face unpredictable work schedules over which they often have no control. This is just one of the challenges that many of ABB’s clients and others already face in balancing work and their responsibilities in caring for children and other family members.
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