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Advancing the rights of working families.

The Southern Office

A Better Balance Southern Office

States in the Southeastern part of the United States represented almost half of all sex discrimination (which includes pregnancy discrimination) charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2012, even though they only make up one-third of the U.S. population. Unfortunately, despite this great need, there are not enough attorneys and legal teams on the ground available to help families suffering from discrimination at work and to push for more family-friendly laws and policies.

A Better Balance has opened a Southern Office, based in Nashville, TN, to help fill this gap in legal advocacy. We are building partnerships with communities and partners in the South, raising awareness of the needs of Southern women and families living paycheck to paycheck, and replicating our successful ABB advocacy model to empower communities in some of the most impoverished parts of the country.

Read about the opening of the Southern Office in The Tennessean here.

Get Help

If you have experienced problems at work because of your pregnancy or caregiving needs and would like legal counseling, please call our free hotline at 615-915-2417

Click here to read about our client, a pregnant police officer in Florence, KY. Her story has garnered international media attention.

Read about our advocacy efforts on behalf of a Kroger employee here.

Partner With Us

A Better Balance has already educated hundreds of women and families across the South about their rights in the workplace.

Read about our efforts to educate Mississippi women about their rights regarding breastfeeding and the workplace here.

If your organization would like to partner with our Southern Office, please contact the Director of the Southern Office, Elizabeth Gedmark, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 615-915-2417. We are looking to collaborate with groups so that we can lead trainings, provide Know Your Rights educational materials, or assist with legislative or policy campaigns that advance the rights of working families.

Advocacy

A Better Balance is a leader in finding creative policy solutions to the problems plaguing working families throughout the South. We are working with partners, lawmakers, and communities to lift up voices that regularly go unheard. Read A Better Balance's testimony before the Tennessee Human Rights Commission here.

All too often, pregnant women are pushed out of their jobs when they need a modest adjustment at work in order to stay healthy and continue working. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) would ensure that no woman has to choose between her paycheck and a healthy pregnancy. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is the ranking member of the Committee where the PWFA has been languishing for months. ABB organized a letter in support of the bill signed by thirty Tennessee organizations. Read our ABB Op-Ed about the letter and the PWFA here. If you are an individual in Tennessee, please sign this petition in support of the PWFA to Senator Alexander.

A Better Balance is also leading a campaign to pass a Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in the state and to pass a bill that would allow Tennessee to apply for a federal Paid Family Leave feasibility and implementation study grant

Read the Fact Sheet about the Tennessee PWFA here.

The Kentucky Pregnant Workers Fairness Act passed out of committee unanimously on February 23, 2015, after A Better Balance testified and read testimony from ABB client, Police Officer Lyndi Trischler. Read A Better Balance's testimony here, and Officer Trischler's testimony here.

View this video on the Kentucky bill, and A Better Balance's testimony, here.

A Better Balance advised the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice in Alabama on issues affecting the economic security of women and families.  The recommendations were based off of research that ABB conducted with the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic. You can read about the issues facing the US that we addressed more extensively in the Myth of Equality in the U.S. Workplace, which we co-wrote with JoAnn Kamuf Ward, the Associate Director of the Human Rights in the U.S. Project at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute.

Share Your Story

We want to hear from working families in the South! What workplace issues are affecting your family? Click here to share your story

NJ_pic_for_report_cropped Natasha Jackson worked at Rent-A-Center in South Carolina until she was pushed out of her job while pregnant because she had a lifting restriction--even though she wanted to keep working and in the past had been helped by her coworkers on the few occassions when she'd needed to lift something heavy. Read the rest of Natasha's story here. 

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