The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which is housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center, connects those who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance. The Fund will help defray legal and public relations costs in select cases based on criteria and availability of funds. Donations to the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund are tax deductible through the Direct Impact Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or through the National Women’s Law Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The initiative was spearheaded by actors and others in the entertainment industry, attorneys Tina Tchen and Roberta Kaplan, and top public relations professionals. Women in Hollywood came together around their own experience of harassment and assault, and were moved by the outpouring of support and solidarity against sexual harassment from women across sectors. This inspired them to help create a Fund to help survivors of sexual harassment and retaliation in all industries—especially low-income women and people of color. They worked together in an historic first to design a structure that would be both inclusive and effective. The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund will provide financial support in select workplace sexual harassment and sexual harassment-related retaliation cases that NWLC identifies through the Legal Network for Gender Equity. Please visit the TIME’S UP FAQ or contact us at legalnetwork@nwlc.org if you have any questions.


In response to extensive and unprecedented threats to women’s rights, the National Women’s Law Center is launching the first national legal network to combat sex discrimination faced by women and girls. The Legal Network will provide information enabling those facing sexual harassment and other forms of sex discrimination to connect with the legal resources they need to fight back. It has initially recruited more than 500 attorneys from across the country who stand ready to provide at least one free legal consultation and, when appropriate, represent women and girls who experience sex discrimination on the job, at school, and in the health care system. The Center is assembling the infrastructure for the Network and will continue to expand — with the goal of attorneys participating in every state.