Help Us Help Mothers. Donate to the Center for WorkLife Law's COVID-19 legal help for struggling workers.
Mothers are on the frontline of the pandemic, and the picture is pretty sobering. Some are experiencing crushing career setbacks while others face far worse, as job losses and hour cuts have left mothers struggling to pay rent and put food on the table.
For decades, the Center for WorkLife Law has been a leading voice for caregiver rights, developing groundbreaking legal theories and helping countless mothers and caregivers who face everyday discrimination at work. At the start of the pandemic, our team mobilized to create a helpline to provide free legal advice to parents navigating their work and caregiving responsibilities during COVID-19.
WorkLife Law staff has been gratified to directly serve families in need during the crisis through our COVID-19 Legal Helpline, which has now helped almost 1,000 callers, most of whom are people of color and low-wage workers. Our free online COVID-19 resources have reached nearly 14,000 users, and our work has been featured in The New York Times op-ed "Real Life Horror Stories from the World of Pandemic Motherhood" and in Parents.com. We have witnessed firsthand the impact that our COVID-19 help has had in the lives of working caregivers, breastfeeding parents, and pregnant people.
"I was approved for the time of leave. So, I and my girls are so excited that I will be home to help with homework," one caller wrote us. "My older daughter... dropped to her knees and cried thanking me for being able to take the time off to help them."
With our assistance, this caller and hundreds of others have been able to care for their children, look after their own health, and maintain financial stability during the pandemic.
We need your financial support to continue our important work.
Our team needs funding to help us continue to provide assistance to working caregivers through our free national helpline, trainings, and online resources. We are tremendously grateful for your support.
Examples of the kinds of help we've provided:
Our team has provided legal aid to parents facing a wide range of circumstances, from low-wage parents experiencing unsafe work conditions, to mothers being pushed out of leadership positions during the pandemic.
Our callers have included:
- Working parents and other caregivers who need time off work to care for children, elderly, or disabled family members due to school or care closures
- Pregnant employees seeking job changes or leave to avoid COVID-19 exposure
- Employees who need assistance requesting accommodations for health conditions or breastfeeding
- Parents or other caregivers fired, furloughed, or otherwise penalized because of their COVID-19-related caregiving needs
- And many others
More about the Center for WorkLife Law and our COVID-19 Legal Helpline
Led by Distinguished Professor of Law Joan C. Williams (once described by The New York Times as a "rockstar" in her field), the Center for WorkLife Law has pioneered legal rights for decades, founding new areas of law to protect parents on the job. For over twenty years, our attorneys have provided legal aid through our Family Responsibilities Discrimination (FRD) hotline.
The Center launched its COVID-19 emergency response work in March 2020 as the economy began to shut down and workers feared for their health and safety and their families’ wellbeing. Our deep expertise in existing employment laws that have all of a sudden been applied in unprecedented ways, along with our capacity to quickly master the dizzying array of new laws being passed, have uniquely situated WorkLife Law lawyers to provide a robust and effective response to the public health and economic crises workers have faced over the last eight months and will continue to face in the new year.
WorkLife Law immediately launched a COVID-19 legal helpline to provide guidance to workers facing threats to their economic security and health. The free helpline counsels workers in all fifty states and operates in both English and Spanish. Our lawyers provide critical legal support around pregnancy accommodations, unemployment insurance and pandemic unemployment assistance, leave due to health issues related to COVID-19, care unavailability due to school closures, benefits for undocumented workers, and more.