Claire Simonich

Claire Simonich is a second year Yale Law student where she is a board member of Yale Law Women. She previously advocated for women’s and worker’s rights as an aid worker in Guatemala, before federal court as a student intern in the Worker and Immigrant Rights, and she provided testimony for the Connecticut state legislature regarding domestic worker rights. She is an avid consumer of feminist and pop media including film, music, and writing.

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Why isn’t the government protecting employees from discrimination?

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

Women and minorities who face workplace discrimination or harassment ordinarily receive vital legal services from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). But in 2012, the EEOC cut this support in half without an adequate explanation. This unexplained drop-off hurts the most vulnerable employees; a large chunk of EEOC complaints deal with sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and other gender discrimination issues. The drop-off especially affects low-income women who are less able to afford lawyers and more likely to turn to the EEOC for help when they’re mistreated at work.