Current Cases

LAF challenges sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace.

AAUW has provided millions of dollars to support hundreds of cases. Learn more about current cases we are supporting.

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Devan-Song v. Oregon State University

Anne Devan-Song, a PhD candidate at Oregon State University (OSU), faced sexual and gender-based harassment at the hands of fellow graduate student. OSU not only failed to address and resolve the complaints, but also discharged Devan-Song from her lab despite her excellent academic standing then suspended her for speaking out about her experience.

Paige v. USAID

Three women, each of whom worked for USAID for more than 27 years in overseas posts, achieved the highest rank in the Senior Foreign Service (Career Minister). But in 2016, each discovered that, despite their greater seniority and higher rank, they were paid considerably less than dozens of lower ranking and less experienced male Senior Foreign Service officers.

Glasson v. Google

Chelsey Glasson had a long history of exceptional performance at the tech companies she worked for — until she began to speak out against the pregnancy discrimination she witnessed and then began to experience herself as a Google employee.

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Freyd v. University of Oregon

Jennifer J. Freyd has been a Professor in the University of Oregon’s Psychology Department for more than 30 years and is a national leader in the field of trauma psychology. She is the most senior staff member of University of Oregon’s Psychology Department based on years in rank. Her salary, however, is substantially less than that of several of her less-senior male colleagues.

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Jane Doe v. The University of Kentucky

To ensure access to education for women and girls, AAUW advocates for the full protections of Title IX. AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund supports this case to reform the sexual assault hearing process on campuses. Currently, alleged assailants have multiple opportunities to re-victimize survivors through the hearings process, under the guise of due process.

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Portz v. St. Cloud State University et al.

Portz v. St. Cloud State University et al. is a case involving 10 female student athletes who filed a lawsuit against St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and Minnesota State College and University Systems alleging violations of Title IX.