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August 28, 2019D.C.’s Domestic Workers Don’t Receive Discrimination Protection,” Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5 FM.

August 22, 2019 – Tan, Rebecca, “D.C. Protects Most Workers from Discrimination. But Not Nannies or Housekeepers. Washington Post, D.C. Politics Section

May 2019 – Mehta, Diane, “How to Ask for Parental Leave When You’re an Hourly Worker,” New York Times Parenting Section Online.

June 24, 2018Opinion, “When Pregnant Women Face Bias in the Workplace,” New York Times Letter to the Editor, contributed by First Shift’s Executive Director, Laura Brown.

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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