On March 23, 2021, NWLC, along with our law firm partner Linklaters LLP and 30 other organizations including the Women’s Law Project, submitted an amicus brief to the Second Circuit in support of Nicole Chase, a 27-year-old single mother and restaurant worker who was sexually assaulted by the restaurant’s owner. Our brief highlights the ways gender bias by law enforcement, including reliance on harmful sex-based stereotypes, not only leads to failures in sexual assault investigations but also compounds the trauma of sexual assault for survivors. Amici urge the appeals court to affirm the district court’s decision that the police response to Chase’s sexual assault was clearly motivated by gender bias and thus may violate the Constitution’s protections against sex discrimination. Ms. Chase is represented by Lewis Chimes and Mary-Kate Smith, of the Law Office of Lewis Chimes LLC.
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