On International Women’s Day 2018, we are pleased to announce that 1,100 women from around the globe have received fair pay and benefits from the sex discrimination they suffered from 1974 to 1984.

This international group of women sought justice in the late 1970s when they discovered that the Voice of America and the United States Information Agency had denied them jobs and advancement because they are women. Represented by the law firm of Webster & Fredrickson, they stood up for equal opportunity in a class action lawsuit, Hartman v. Albright, that required decades of litigation and 46 successful individual trials before the Government settled the claims in 2000.

In coming to a resolution, the Government paid for lost pay as well as benefits that those women would have received had they been treated as well as men. Now in 2018, the final payments are being processed, bringing this 40-year litigation to a conclusion. Along the way, this suit has given meaning to the federal laws against sex discrimination by putting 1,100 women from around the world back where they would have been had they received equal opportunity in the 1970s.

We are proud and honored to have helped the Hartman women stand up for equal opportunity for women worldwide.

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