Jennifer J. Freyd

Freyd v. University of Oregon

Professor Jennifer J. Freyd, a respected senior faculty member in the University of Oregon’s Psychology Department, is paid significantly less than many of her male colleagues of equal rank as a result of “retention raises,” or salary increases given in the face of a competing offer. In this case, Professor Freyd has taken action against the University, contending that the University’s practice of granting such raises without equalizing salaries of other faculty of comparable merit has a disparate impact on women and violates the Equal Pay Act, Title VII, Title IX and Oregon’s sex discrimination law. Read more »

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Jane Doe, et al v. Howard University

Jane Doe, et al v. Howard University is a case involving six current and former Howard University female students (Jane Does) who reported sexual assaults in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  They allege that these assaults were committed by male employees and students at the university. Read more »

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Doe v. Lasch, Cooper, Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California*: A Sexual Harassment Case

The plaintiff in Doe v. Lasch, Cooper, Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, alleges that she experienced sexual harassment by her employer and was terminated after she reported the behavior. Read more »

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Directors and Officers Liability Insurance

Protect your leaders and organization from loss due to legal claims alleging errors, omissions, negligence and other “wrongful acts.” If your AAUW entity has not yet acquired this protection, it is advisable to consider Director and Officer (D & O) liability insurance. Read more »

Take the Lead with Legal Advocacy

You can play a crucial part in teaching young people, educators, and communities about their rights as workers and students. Take a look at these four steps to bring legal advocacy to your branch. Read more »

The Supreme Court Statue

Quick Facts: What You Should Know About Filling U.S. Supreme Court Vacancies

Federal courts up to and including the Supreme Court are often also the last, best hope for women who have experienced discrimination in education, employment, health care, and other aspects of their lives. Read more »

LAF Plaintiff Aileen Rizo

Yovino v. Rizo

Rizo v. Fresno County Office of Education highlights a significant underlying factor that contributes to the wage gap: employers’ practice of relying on an employee’s prior salary history to set new salary levels. AAUW is proud to support the case through our Legal Advocacy Fund. Read more »

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Burhans V. Yale: A New Wave in Title IX Cases

Burhans v. Yale highlights the necessity of protecting administrators who are willing to address the problem of sexual assault on their campuses from professional retaliation. AAUW is proud to support the case through our Legal Advocacy Fund. Read more »

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The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. LAF Express informs state and branch members about the latest news, deadlines, and programming resources related to our work in the courtroom.

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Baldwin et al. v. Department of Defense: Removing Offenders from Military Sexual Assault Cases

In the last few years the severity of the sexual assault epidemic in the U.S. military has entered the public consciousness. However, despite AAUW’s ongoing work, many survivors still struggle to find justice. The courageous survivors in Baldwin et al. v. Department of Defense were advancing the crucial fight against military sexual assault. Read more »