The National Women’s Law Center, along with our law firm partner Linklaters LLP and 30 other organizations including the Women’s Law Project, filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals 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. The brief also discusses how gender bias in law enforcement’s response to sexual assault – as was clearly evidenced by the police in this case – may violate the Constitution’s protections against sex discrimination.

Read our blog post for more background about the case.