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January 28, 2017 – “The Rights of Pregnant Women in the Workplace with Guest Laura Brown,” Law Talk with Ethel Mitchell, WOL AM 1450

December 22, 2016 – “Will D.C.’s new paid family leave policy help or hobble business?” First Shift Client Shanae Bond shares her experience.

October 3, 2016 – “Workplace Discrimination Against Pregnant Women Continues . . . ,” Op-Ed in The Hill written by First Shift’s Executive Director, Laura Brown.

January 28, 2016 – “How to Tell Your Boss You are Pregnant,” by Rebecca Gale, Washington Post Section “On Parenting.” First Shift Executive Director Laura Brown quoted.

December 17, 2015 – Read about Kashawna Holmes’ fight against pregnancy discrimination in the Washington Post! First Shift is co-counseling this case with The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs. Read their press release here.

Additional coverage of the Holmes case:


October 2015 – In partnership with the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital, First Shift has sent a letter to the Smithsonian Institution about its lack of support for pumping moms who work there. Read more here!

And here’s some additional coverage of the Smithsonian case:

Washington City Paper – October 29, 2015

Washington City Paper – October 7, 2015



The Smithsonian implements a lactation policy in response to ACLU & First Shift complaint! Read the press release here.

October 6, 2015 – First Shift is part of the Paid Family Leave Coalition, which supported the introduction of the Paid Family & Medical Leave bill on October 6th.  Press Release.

First Shift featured in DCist article on the new DC Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

June 2015 – First Shift mentioned in Washington Post column as a resource for a woman concerned about losing her job while on maternity leave.

March 31, 2015 – Pregnancy Discrimination Panelists Discuss Implications for Employers Of Ruling in Pregnancy Accommodation Case

First Shift’s Co-Founder, Keira McNett, highlights the experiences of women in low-wage jobs in a panel discussion on the Supreme Court’s decision in Young v. UPSBNA Daily Labor Report, March 31  (Reproduced with permission from Daily Labor Report, 61 DLR A-9, March 31, 2015. Copyright 2015 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) | www.bna.com)

October 2014 – Check out this interview of Laura Brown, Co-Founder of First Shift Justice Project, by Kate Mueting, Senior Litigation Counsel at Sanford Heisler, LLP!

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