First Shift Justice Project

Nonprofit working to empower low-income pregnant women and parents to safeguard the health and economic security of their families by asserting their workplace rights.
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Primary geographic focus: District of Columbia
Organization type(s): Provider
Tags: Employment

First Shift Justice Project better serves these workers by using a preventive, client-centered approach to reach families, educate them about their rights, and enable them to exercise their rights before they have been violated.

First Shift Justice Project is working to bring about a shift in workplace culture that values not only paid employment but also the work of family caregiving. We can advance this vision by giving workers the tools to assert their rights and, by doing so, to foster work environments where employers and workers expect to have respectful and productive conversations about family responsibilities.


Letter to Editor

When Pregnant Women Face Workplace Bias

Laura Brown
New York Times (NYT)
June 24, 2018
The observation that many women “never file complaints because they can’t afford an attorney, don’t recognize that what happened to them is illegal or fear retaliation” is especially true of mothers in low-wage jobs. And for them, losing a job is much more than a setback.


Workplace discrimination against pregnant women continues

Laura Brown
Hill, The
October 3, 2016
Policy changes, like the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act are important, but aren’t enough. Another necessary part of the solution is ensuring women have access to the legal help they need to defend their rights. For low-income pregnant women who can’t afford a lawyer, the availability of civil legal aid is critical.

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