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Ending Gender-Based Violence
Ensuring Access to Health Care
Advancing Economic Justice
Supporting All Families
Eradicating Discrimination
Protecting Reproductive Freedom


Women have long faced inequities and systemic biases that contribute to economic insecurity. Women are more likely than men to live in poverty, hold minimum wage jobs, require public assistance, and be denied unemployment benefits. Women workers are often deprived of equal opportunity in the workplace because of gender discrimination, including harassment, gender stereotyping, and discrimination based on pregnancy and gender identity. Furthermore, women workers are paid less than their male counterparts for the same work; for women of color, the disparity is even greater.


Since 1978, Legal Voice has been fighting in the courts and the legislature for economic justice and workplace equity for all women. We will continue to wage these battles until all women have access to the economic security they and their families deserve.



  • Advocating for all workers to have access to paid sick and safe days to care for themselves and their families without the risk of losing their jobs.

  • Continuing the fight for a state family and medical leave insurance program that provides wage replacement for employees who need leave to care for their own or family members' illnesses.


  • Challenging unemployment insurance laws that disproportionately impact women.

  • Advocating for paid parental leave to ensure working parents can bond with a new child resulting from a birth, adoption, or foster placement.

  • Drafting and supporting legislation that addresses the wage gap in Washington State by closing loopholes in the equal pay law and promoting pay transparency.
    HB 1646 - 2015 session


  • Fighting to protect access to unemployment compensation for part-time workers and workers with caregiving needs.

  • Advocating for domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking survivors’ rights in the workplace.
    Danny v. Laidlaw


  • Drafting and advocating for a Washington law that requires time off from work for victims of violence who need to go to court or take other steps to get safe—the strongest of its kind in the country.
    HB 2602 - 2008 session


  • Successfully convincing the Alaska Supreme Court that post-traumatic stress disorder caused by domestic violence is a medical condition protected by the federal Family Medical Leave Act.
    Gregg v. Anchorage


  • Ensuring that women who are sexually harassed on the job are entitled to unemployment compensation when forced to leave their employment.
    Hussa v. Employment Security Dep't


  • Changing Washington law to allow victims of violence or stalking who need to quit their jobs because of the violence or stalking to receive unemployment compensation.
    HB 1248 - 2002 session


  • Advocating for unemployment compensation for workers who leave their jobs to follow a spouse or domestic partner after a work transfer.
    Fariss v. Employment Security Dep't
    Kenny v. Employment Security Dep't


  • Successfully challenging the denial of unemployment benefits to a worker who leaves a job to care for a domestic partner.
    Lake v. Employment Security Dep’t


  • Ensuring that pregnancy-based discrimination and maternal stereotyping are unlawful.
    Hegwine v. Longview Fibre Company
    Maxwell v. VESi


  • Successfully urging the Washington State Supreme Court to recognize a common law cause of action for termination based on gender discrimination.
    Roberts v. Dudley


  • Successful litigation on behalf of welfare recipients against Washington's residency requirements.
    Ruffin v. Quasim


  • Helping to pass the Washington Family Care Act, which allows employees to use paid sick leave to care for family members.

  • Working with our allies to convince the Seattle City Council to adopt an ordinance requiring most employers to provide paid leave for sick and safe days.

  • Ensuring that women and men in marriage-like relationships receive a fair and equitable division of pension benefits, even if they are unmarried.
    Owens v. Automotive Machinists Pension Trust


  • Successfully challenged court policies and practices that wrongly deny fee waivers to indigent parties, limiting their access to the courts.
    Jafar v. Webb

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