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It’s wrong. It’s unfair. It’s illegal. And you don't have to take it anymore!

Federal law — as well as various state statutes — forbids pay discrimination in the workplace.  And legislation like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 has expanded protection against and restored rights to victims of this insidious practice.









Click here to watch Lilly Ledbetter tell her story and

to view a video of the act signing ceremony


The beginning, not the end of the struggle for fairness


But career women climbing the corporate ladder know from personal, first‑hand knowledge that these advances signal the beginning, not the end of the struggle for the pay equality that the law — and simple decency — mandates.    


Career women like you are good at their jobs, but often when you discover or suspect that you are a victim of pay discrimination, you just don’t know what to do next, where to turn. Certainly, there is help available, but how to tell the difference between those who seek to help the victims and those with other agendas?


That’s where we come in


We’re the National Council of Women’s Organizations — NCWO for short —  a nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition that represents more than 11 million women across the United States.  Our more than 200 member organizations run the gamut of issues, faiths, ages and economic status. 


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Learn more about NCWO members


This is the home of Sex Discrimination at Work Project,  part of our larger Corporate Accountability Project, which grew in part out of our work in 2003 to open Augusta National Golf Club to women.


During that action, we learned that CEOs of many Fortune 500 companies are practicing sex discrimination...and much more


We also heard from many, many career women and learned that pay discrimination in corporate America is widespread, not only for women in the executive suites, but for women at all levels.  So we widened our focus to a variety of companies and a variety of corporate practices harmful to women.  And where we’ve found organizations practicing pervasive pay discrimination, we’ve helped victims file individual or class action suits for redress.


We are a non‑profit organization dedicated to helping women to know their rights and take action.  We are not attorneys, but we may be able to help you find one.


That’s what this site is all about. Helping career women turn the tables on their victimizers. We urge you to explore this site and take advantage of the information we offer.





Visit the Corporate Accountability Project here.

The New York Times: Why So Few Women in Silicon Valley?

CNN: Court: Wal-Mart gender pay lawsuit can go to trial

San Francisco Chronicle: Unequal pay harms U.S. women

Daily Finance: Corporations, Listen Up: Sex Discrimination Will Cost You Big Bucks

Martha Burk in The Huffington Post: Dragging Our Feet on Equal Pay Day

Market Watch: Women Employees Sue Bank of America and Merrill Lynch

Sexism alive and well on Wall Street

At Large blog: When you’re being economically violated, it’s no time to ‘lie back and think of England..'

NYC jury finds drug company Novartis discriminated against women, awards millions'

Novartis Fined $250 Million in Sex Discrimination Suit'

Reaching out a helping hand

to career women who need to know

“What do I do next?”

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The National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) and its Corporate Accountability Project do not charge fees to women seeking information or legal help.  However, some individuals who have been helped by NCWO and sexdiscrimination.org have asked how they can contribute.


All contributions are welcome and appreciated.


Use the JustGive link below to make tax deductable contributions with your credit card to help us continue and enhance our work for women’s pay equity.



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