LAF Cases

On this page, you will learn more about the sex-discrimination cases supported by the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund. The Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. LAF support for women ranges from backing of significant cases to community outreach programs and legal referrals. You can also find a swath of information on sex discrimination topics or apply to have an LAF case plaintiff speak an your AAUW event.
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Lulu 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

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

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

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

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

Cioca et al v. Rumsfeld et al

Sixteen veteran and active duty servicemen and servicewomen who, while serving in the US Military, have been raped, sexually assaulted, and harassed by active duty members of the military filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense. Read more »

  |     |   January 01, 2011

LeBlanc v. Trustees of Indiana University

Virginia LeBlanc, former director of the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program at Indiana University, filed a federal complaint against the university alleging gender and pay discrimination. Read more »

  |   ,   |   November 20, 2010

Foltz et al. v Delaware State University

The lawsuit was filed by 15 members of the Delaware State University (DSU) women’s equestrian team to challenge the university’s decision to eliminate the team and replace it with competitive cheerleading. Read more »

  |   ,   |   October 18, 2010

Bull v. Board of Trustees of Ball State University

Kathy Bull was the head coach for the women’s tennis team at Ball State University in Indiana for 21 years. There she advocated for Title IX issues and mentored young female coaches. Read more »

  |   ,   |   July 01, 2010