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New LAF Case Challenges Gender Discrimination at the University of Tennessee

We’re proud to announce LAF support for a new case, Moshak v. University of Tennessee. The lawsuit was filed in 2012 by Jennifer Moshak, Heather Mason, and Collin Schlosser, former employees of the University of Tennessee’s women’s athletic department. The plaintiffs allege sex discrimination and unlawful retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Equal Pay Act of 1963. They claim that they were unlawfully discriminated against and eventually forced out of their positions during a university-led merger of the women’s and men’s athletic departments.

Schlosser and Mason argue in part that they were fired by the university after making internal complaints alleging unequal pay between the women’s and men’s athletic departments. Moshak claims that she was demoted, marginalized in the department, and then forced to retire. The plaintiffs also say that during the merger the vast majority — 86 percent — of terminated employees were either women or were men in the women’s athletic department.

VGIF Flash-August 2014

Rural Women's Empowerment and Development Project, Kenya

Rural Women’s Empowerment and Development Project, Kenya

The latest issue of the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) Flash has a wonderful summary of a project that empowers widows in Kenya through agriculture, providing them not only with food security, but also leadership and economic skills, and advocacy for their legal rights.

The Online Branch is a member organization of VGIF.

AAUW Funds Fall Luncheons

The AAUW CA Funds Committee
invites you to a
Celebration Luncheon
honoring 2014-2015
Funds Fellows and Grant Recipients
in California

Southern California – Seal Beach

Sunday, October 19, 2014
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
(Registration 11:30 a.m.)

Old Ranch Country Club
3901 Lampson Ave.
Seal Beach, CA 90740

$40.00 per person
RSVP Deadline: October 8, 2014

Choose Sunburst Chicken Salad or Vegetarian Sunburst Salad for entree. Beverage and dessert are included.

Northern California – Danville

Sunday,  November 2, 2014
12:00 –  3:00 p.m.
(Registration 11:30 a.m.)

Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Drive
Danville, CA 94526

$40.00 per person
RSVP Deadline: October 22, 2014

Choose Grilled Chicken Cobb or Vegetarian Cobb for entree. Beverage and dessert included.

Get more information or register at  http://www.aauw-ca.org/index.cfm?go=pages.view&pagesid=459&parent=202&coparent=459

Or, mail the number attending, names, branch name, and entree selections, with your check payable to AAUW CA to:  AAUW CA, 1331 Garden Highway, #100, Sacramento, CA 95833


VGIF “The Flash” Update

The latest edition of the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) “The Flash” reminds us how important it is to engage and educate men in the work of promoting gender equality around the world.  The research explained in this short article emphasizes that advancing equity for women and girls is not a zero-sum game — that men and boys benefit from equity, too.  Citing one example of a VGIF project in Kenya to promote women’s leadership and inheritance rights, the article says that by engaging male elders and decision-makers as well as the women of the community proved to be a “strategy that has been transformative.”

AAUW LAF Express

Good News for LAF-Supported Plaintiff in Discrimination Case

The Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD) recently upheld a ruling in favor of LAF-supported plaintiff Lulu Sun in her gender and race discrimination case against the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In May the commission upheld an MCAD hearing officer’s 2011 decision, ordering the university to pay the emotional distress damages award and civil penalty and to conduct anti-discrimination training.

The university conceded any further appeal, which means that the MCAD’s ruling in Sun’s favor will stand. We are proud to have supported Sun’s case and congratulate her on this final ruling.

Title VII Turns 50

July 2, 2014, marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of gender or race, among other protected classes. In the last half-century, we have made tremendous progress toward gender equity in the workplace. But this anniversary also provides an opportunity to take stock of places we still lack progress. Find out more about Title VII and learn what you can do to help fulfill Title VII’s promise.

AAUW LAF Express

AAUW Members Hear What the Latest Supreme Court Decisions Mean in Recent LAF Call

On July 15, AAUW members from across the country joined LAF staff to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s most important cases from this past term. Members heard a breakdown of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision, which will allow some corporations to restrict their employees’ contraceptive insurance coverage. The call also reviewed Congress’ attempts to ensure women’s access to affordable contraception. LAF staff and callers also discussed the court’s rulings on abortion clinic buffer zone laws, prayer in local government meetings, and affirmative action restrictions.

If you weren’t able to attend the call, you can listen to a recording. LAF will host a preview call this fall to highlight the cases the Supreme Court will take up in 2015. Stay tuned for more information.

Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary-Power Check Time

Today is the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s signing the Civil Rights Act into law, which paved the way for the Voting Rights Act to be enacted a year later.  We have ample proof of the power of voting.  The President we elect has the power to name Supreme Court justices (confirmed by the Senators we elect) that make decisions that have tremendous impact on our lives.  Example:  the 5-4 Supreme Court decision announced this past Monday where 5 male justices ruled that the boss of a closed company can decide whether female employees may have insurance that includes contraception coverage.

So it’s time for a Power Check.  AAUW urges us all to spread the word and ask our friends, family, and neighbors to participate in a nationwide Power Check today to verify they are registered to vote in the November midterm elections, and refer them to Can I Vote? if they need assistance.

If we vote in record numbers in the 2014 midterm elections, we can ensure our voices are heard in our communities for years to come.


Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination Rules in Favor of LAF-Supported Plaintiff

The Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD) recently upheld a ruling in favor of LAF-supported plaintiff Lulu Sun in her gender and race discrimination case against the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In June 2011 an MCAD hearing officer concluded that the university had violated Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination laws and ordered the university to 1) promote Sun, with retroactive pay back; 2) pay $200,000 in emotional distress damages, plus 12 percent interest from the date the complaint was filed; 3) pay the commonwealth of Massachusetts a $10,000 civil penalty; and 4) conduct an anti-discrimination training for its human resources staff, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the provost, and the chancellor.

After the June 2011 decision, the university promoted Sun to the position of full professor but appealed the emotional distress award, the civil penalty, and the anti-discriminatory training requirements to the full commission. In its most recent ruling the commission upheld the MCAD hearing officer’s decision, ordering the university to pay the emotional distress damage award and civil penalty and to conduct anti-discrimination training.

We congratulate Sun on the commission’s ruling; however, the university may still appeal the decision, so the case is not over. Stay tuned for more updates as the case progresses.

CA Online Branch Among Top 10 in Funds Donations

Our CA Online Branch was among the top 10 branches per capita in AAUW Funds donations for 2013!

AAUW Funds Top 10 Branches per Capita,
including all funds

1. San Luis Obispo $281.15
2. Berkeley, Inc. $207.19
3. Santa Ana-Orange $188.67
4. San Fernando Valley $187.65
5. Oakland-Piedmont $172.67
6. Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek $157.72
7. Long Beach, Inc. $128.31
8. San Jose, Inc. $108.70
9. Marin, Inc. $106.02
10. California Online $102.55