Supreme Court Cases


Every year, the Supreme Court decides cases that touch women’s lives.

In recent years, the Court has considered cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health decisions, equal and full application of the Family & Medical Leave Act, and other critical issues.

To make sure that women’s rights are vindicated, we file Amicus briefs on key cases and speak out on your behalf.

Cases to Watch 2011-12

This term, the Supreme Court will rule on an issue of grave importance to wokmen and working families: the health reform law. The Court has already ruled on fundamental medical leave rights for state employees and nondiscrimination protections for employees of religious institutions.

    Challenges to the Affordable Care Act (Health Reform)
    Attorneys general of 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses are challenging the new health reform law. The National Partnership for Women & Families has joined the National Women’s Law Center and other women’s groups in filing an amicus brief supporting the ACA. More »

Blows for Civil Rights Enforcement

    Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals
    The Supreme Court ruled that state employees do not have the right to sue their employers for violations of the Family & Medical Leave Act’s self-care provision, effectively denying state employees meaningful recourse when their employers violate their right to take time for their own serious medical needs, including pregnancy and childbirth, under the FMLA. More on the case and decision »

    Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC
    The Supreme Court held that the First Amendment exempts religious institutions from complying with civil rights laws. Read the amicus brief we joined »