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Ellwanger Law Featured in Ford Foundation Profile

| May 19, 2020 | #MeToo, Justice Now |, Firm News

“The breadth and diversity of the cases that we’ve gotten through the network have been fantastic. The professional assistance that TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund has given to our firm and our clients has been immeasurable. And I really feel like the work my team is doing is going to make a difference, not just for our clients, but for thousands of workers around the country. ” – Jay Ellwanger, Partner – Ellwanger Law

Ford Foundation Highlights the Work of Ellwanger Law, the National Women’s Law Center, and the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund

The Ford Foundation has been a global change agent for the better part of a century. We could not be more honored that they have chosen to highlight our client’s stories and our work with the National Women’s Law Center and the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund:

“Finding the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, by contrast, felt like a lifeline: providing her with a list of attorneys who’d been vetted and were dedicated to working on cases like hers. After looking up Ellwanger and his firm online, Boston felt reassured. “I felt like, OK, I can talk to this guy, he’s going to be human. It’s not going to be me giving cliff notes on sexual assault.” And when they talked, she felt confident “he had the knowledge and attitude to go after these things with an aggressive approach. I didn’t feel there was any wavering of, ‘Well, what did you do.’ It was just, ‘This is messed up and we’ll fix it.”

Why #MeToo matters more than ever now

From the Ford Foundation Blog:  In November 2017, Jennifer Glover, a 30-year-old security guard at the Nevada National Security Site—a tightly restricted Department of Energy facility where nuclear weapons are tested—was participating in a training drill when her colleagues assaulted her.

This piece is part of our featured series, The Future Is Hers, celebrating the power of women and girls around the world.

 

The drill was a simulated attack on the facility, and Glover’s role was to pretend to steal classified documents. The air was thick with smoke from a fog machine and ringing with the sound of simulated gunfire when Glover found herself on the ground, hit in the face with a rifle butt and handcuffed. She said she felt her fellow guards grabbing at her legs, butt and groin; one reached under her shirt and tore out her nipple ring.

It was the culmination of months of sexual harassment that Glover said began once she took the job: a high-paying, quasi-military position with a government contractor called Centerra that would both allow her to provide for her two children as a single mother and learn new skills, like tactical shooting. The daughter of a former cop and prison warden, Glover had always wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps. She went to college to study criminal justice and her career path cut straight through male-dominated fields like law enforcement and security. In her spare time, she trained with firearms and as a bodybuilder, priding herself on her toughness. When the Me Too movement began to make headlines, she’d roll her eyes, dismissing the stories as “whining and complaining.”

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