Women’s Rights

Girls Wear Pants, Too

Girls Wear Pants, Too

2015-05-27 00:00:00

I prefer pants.

That’s exactly what I tried to explain to the principal of my high school, Oakridge High, when I went to him with my concerns about the dress code for our graduation last month. Yes, I am a young woman. And yes, for as long as anyone can recall, the tradition at our high school graduation ceremonies has called for girls to wear white or cream-colored dress with white formal shoes while boys wear dress pants and a shirt (and a tie, if they so choose).

Your Baby or Your Job: Discriminating Against Pregnant Workers

Your Baby or Your Job: Discriminating Against Pregnant Workers

Asia Myers is expecting a baby girl in less than a month, but has a stack of bills courtesy of an employer that forced her to make an unthinkable choice between a healthy pregnancy and her paycheck.

Early in her pregnancy, Asia suffered from complications serious enough for her doctor to put her on bed rest. After she improved, her doctor cleared her to return to work as a nursing assistant at a long-term care facility, as long as she did not do any lifting.

ACLU Lawsuit Argues Pregnant Michigan Woman Cannot Be Forced Off the Job

ACLU Lawsuit Argues Pregnant Michigan Woman Cannot Be Forced Off the Job

2013-12-12 00:00:00

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan, along with Cary McGehee of the law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden, filed an amended complaint in a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a woman who was forced out of work after she became pregnant.

Legislative Update

Legislative Update

2011-08-31 00:00:00

Negotiating this newly configured legislature is tricky.

The 2010 elections ushered a class of new, remarkably conservative freshman into the state house. Both legislative chambers and the governor’s mansion are in Republican control, with the state House in particular taking a notably conservative turn.

While some of the new legislators are unknowns, many unfortunately fall into the “hostile” category on many progressive issues—choice, LGBT equality, and collective bargaining to name a few.

Your Weekly Rights Review - March 4, 2011

Your Weekly Rights Review - March 4, 2011

2011-03-04 00:00:00

In this week's Rights Review, local and national civil liberties news overlap in a big way — from politicians playing politics with women's health, testing the very limits of free speech and the troubling tale of brainwashing Carl Levin.

Next Friday, be sure to check out the fascinating documentary After Stonewall at the Kalamazoo Civil Liberties Film Fest. Only two chances remain to indulge in dinner and a movie with our Southwestern branch, so purchase your tickets today.

Michigan News

Another Attack on Women's Health

Female Athletes Must Be Treated Equally, ACLU Tells Local Schools

Female Athletes Must Be Treated Equally, ACLU Tells Local Schools

2011-02-14 00:00:00

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sent a letter today to the Downriver League (DRL) urging the athletic conference to immediately repeal an illegal policy that treats girls’ high school basketball less favorably than boys’ basketball. In violation of federal law, the policy reduces the number of referees for girls’ basketball while retaining the number of referees for boys’ basketball.

Holding the Line Against Discrimination

Holding the Line Against Discrimination

2010-07-29 00:00:00

Officers Krupinski, Lucy, Prater, Robinson, Skender and Woods knew they were choosing to put themselves on the line to protect the public when they first decided to join the Detroit Police Department.

However, for the past two years they have also put themselves on the line to ensure that no other officer would be forced to choose between their career and their family.

ACLU, Detroit Police Settle Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

ACLU, Detroit Police Settle Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

2010-07-28 00:00:00

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it has settled its lawsuit against the Detroit Police Department on behalf of pregnant officers who were automatically forced to go on unpaid leave while pregnant. The settlement was reached one day before the trial was set to begin.

Equal Pay Can Be A Reality For Women

Equal Pay Can Be A Reality For Women

The very first piece of legislation Barack Obama signed into law as President of the United States was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The law extended the statute of limitations for to an individual to file a lawsuit against employers based on unlawfull wage discrimination.

This is relevant now because April 20, which is Equal Pay day, symbolizes how far into 2010 women must work to earn what men earned in 2009. This day reminds us of the pay inequalities that affected Lily Ledbetter and still affect women everywhere.

ACLU-MI, Planned Parenthood Applaud Passage of Prevention First Legislation

ACLU-MI, Planned Parenthood Applaud Passage of Prevention First Legislation

2010-03-25 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan applauded the State House of Representatives today for passing legislation that will help vulnerable victims of sexual assault and improve access to preventative and essential reproductive health care services and information.

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August 31, 2011 Women’s Rights
Negotiating this newly configured legislature is tricky. The 2010 elections ushered a class of new, remarkably conservative freshman into the state house. Both...
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I prefer pants. That’s exactly what I tried to explain to the principal of my high school, Oakridge High, when I went to him with my concerns about the dress...
December 12, 2013 Women’s Rights
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan, along with Cary McGehee of the law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden, filed...
February 14, 2011 Women’s Rights
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sent a letter today to the Downriver League (DRL) urging the athletic conference to immediately repeal...
July 28, 2010 Women’s Rights
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it has settled its lawsuit against the Detroit Police Department on behalf of...
March 25, 2010 Women’s Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan applauded the State House of Representatives today for passing...
December 15, 2009 Women’s Rights
On the 218th birthday of our Bill of Rights, our Michigan State Legislature has given us the best birthday gift that we could hope for. This morning, the...
November 17, 2009 Women’s Rights
DETROIT – A group of civil rights organizations asked a panel of appeals court judges today to reverse a lower court’s decision and strike down Proposal 2, the...
March 14, 2000 Women’s Rights
Today the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging the treatment of women prisoners at the Livingston County jail. Significantly, the...
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