Ebonee Avery-Washington

Ebonee Avery-Washington

Program Manager, Legal Advocacy Fund

A leader of one of AAUW’s landmark programs, Ebonee oversees LAF programming while working in close collaboration with LAF-supported plaintiffs and their attorneys. She also makes recommendations for LAF committee and board action on matters concerning gender discrimination, workplace equity, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. Ebonee comes to AAUW from AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, where she facilitated the self-help office program, advocated for more than 200 seniors annually, and managed the daily operations of a grassroots pro bono service program. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and a law degree from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

Work by Ebonee Avery-Washington

Court Case: Reno v. University of Tennessee

A case in which a professor of architecture claimed that she was denied tenure due to gender bias, while a male professor with similar credentials was granted tenure the same year. Read more »

Resource   |   May 01, 1995

Court Case: James v. Virginia Polytechnic Institute

A lawsuit brought by the National Women’s Law Center on behalf of 12 women student athletes alleging that they experienced discrimination in the process of seeking (and failing) to upgrade women’s club sports to varsity status. Read more »

Resource   |   April 01, 1995

Court Case: Dugan v. Oregon State University

Vickie Dugan, former women’s softball coach at Oregon State University (OSU), sued the university for sex discrimination and retaliation. Read more »

Resource   |   January 01, 1995

Court Case: Grudzinski v. University of California Irvine Medical Center, et al.

Christina Grudzinski claims that she was subjected to inappropriate sexual conduct, a hostile working environment, and retaliation for complaining of the sexual harassment. Read more »

Resource   |   January 01, 1995

Court Case: Weinstock v. Columbia University

Shelley Weinstock sued Columbia for sex discrimination in the denial of tenure in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and New York state laws. Read more »

Resource   |   January 01, 1995

Court Case: Hunt v. The Regents of the University of California

A suit brought by a graduate student who charged that her thesis advisor in the geology department sexually harassed her and retaliated against her for joining with other women students to file an informal grievance against him. Read more »

Resource   |   April 01, 1994

Court Case: Weissmann v. Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

A sex discrimination case in which a professor of nuclear medicine claimed that she was paid less than similarly situated male colleagues. Read more »

Resource   |   March 01, 1994

Court Case: Murray v. Western Kentucky University

Anne Murray, a 30-year administrative employee, advanced to a development director’s position but found herself making less money than the lowest level male directors with similar responsibilities. Read more »

Resource   |   January 01, 1994

Court Case: Melez v. University of California, Los Angeles

Kathleen Melez, a former assistant professor in biology, sued the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993 for wrongful termination, sex discrimination, retaliation, and defamation. Read more »

Resource   |   October 01, 1993

Court Case: Segel v. Regents of the University of California

A case in which a biochemist with a Ph.D. claimed she had been blocked from applying for tenure-track positions on the grounds that she was not an M.D., while male Ph.D.s were given such positions. Read more »

Resource   |   September 01, 1993