LAF Cases

On this page, you will learn more about the sex-discrimination cases supported by the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund. In 1981, AAUW members in Ithaca, New York, helped support five Cornell University women faculty members’ sex discrimination lawsuits. Their effort made such a big difference that AAUW decided to launch the Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) case support program to help more people. Since 1981, LAF has disbursed nearly 2 million dollars to more than 100 plaintiffs. Prior to 2009, LAF only supported cases in academia, but now LAF supports select cases in any workplace. Almost all of the funds disbursed through case support come from AAUW members’ generous donations.
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Burhans V. Yale: A New Wave in Title IX Cases

Burhans v. Yale highlights the necessity of protecting administrators who are willing to address the problem of sexual assault on their campuses from professional retaliation. AAUW is proud to support the case through our Legal Advocacy Fund. Read more »

  |     |   June 03, 2015
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Baldwin et al. v. Department of Defense: Removing Offenders from Military Sexual Assault Cases

In the last few years, the severity of the sexual assault epidemic in the U.S. military has entered the public consciousness. However, despite AAUW’s ongoing work, many survivors still struggle to find justice. The courageous survivors in Baldwin et al. v. Department of Defense are advancing the crucial fight against military sexual assault. Read more »

  |     |   May 04, 2015

Faculty Punished for Reporting Title IX Violations and Sexual Harassment: Feather River Community College Cases

Laurel Wartluft sued the college for sex discrimination and retaliation for complaining of sex discrimination in violation of the California Fair Housing and Employment Act, and failure to pay agreed compensation in violation of California Labor Codes. Read more »

  |   ,   |   November 19, 2014

Moshak v. University of Tennessee: Discrimination Too Common in College Athletics

Women’s sports have come a long way since Title IX, but a lawsuit from former Tennessee Volunteers staff shows that we are still grappling with gender gaps in university athletics. AAUW is proud to support the case through our Legal Advocacy Fund. Read more »

  |     |   August 12, 2014

Sun v. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Lulu Sun, an English professor, has alleged sex and race discrimination in the promotion process at UMass Dartmouth. Read more »

  |   ,   |   July 17, 2014

Past LAF-Supported Cases

In 1981, AAUW members in Ithaca, New York, helped support five Cornell University women faculty members’ sex discrimination lawsuits. Their effort made such a big difference that AAUW decided to […] Read more »

  |   ,   |   February 18, 2013

Court Case: Hoffman et al. v. Panetta et al

This is a military sexual assault case filed by 19 plaintiffs in the Army and Air force who were sexually assaulted or raped while on active duty by other service members. Read more »

  |     |   September 28, 2012

Amicus Brief: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes

AAUW signed an amicus brief authored by the ACLU and the National Women’s Law Center in support of the women of Wal-Mart in the lawsuit Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., v. Betty Dukes, et al. Read more »

  |     |   September 20, 2012

Court Case: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes

In 2001, female employees at Wal-Mart filed a class action sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores in the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Read more »

  |     |   September 20, 2012

Court Case: Klay et al v. Panetta et al

Ariana Klay is one of eight plaintiffs suing the U.S. military for allegedly creating a culture in which sexual assault and rape are tolerated and in which people who report it face retaliation. Read more »

  |     |   March 06, 2012