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NBC’s Today Show to Air Story on Legal Aid at Work Client Helen James

Six decades after the Air Force kicked her out as “undesirable” for being a lesbian, and just days before her 91st birthday, Helen James was finally awarded the honorable discharge she has long deserved.  This relief came only after Legal Aid at Work and WilmerHale filed a federal lawsuit on Helen’s behalf.  Now, NBC’s Today … Continue reading “NBC’s Today Show to Air Story on Legal Aid at Work Client Helen James”

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Legal Aid’s Fair Play Project Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day

February 7, 2018 marks the 32nd Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, coinciding with the opening of the Winter Olympic Games on February 9, 2018. Fair Play for Girls in Sports, a project of Legal Aid at Work, celebrates by noting the amazing accomplishments of female Olympians, many of whom would not be … Continue reading “Legal Aid’s Fair Play Project Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day”

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As FMLA turns 25, California expands access to family leave, but gaps remain

Today, the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act is turning 25. It has protected millions of families from losing their livelihood and stability during times of need – serious illness or welcoming a new child. But how many millions are still left out? About 40% of the workforce is excluded from FMLA’s protections. This means … Continue reading “As FMLA turns 25, California expands access to family leave, but gaps remain”

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New Site of Workers’ Rights Clinic Launches in San Bernardino

On January 24, Legal Aid at Work (“LAAW”) launched a new Workers’ Rights Clinic site in San Bernardino, in collaboration with the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino (“LASSB”), a legal services organization that has served the Inland Empire for over fifty years. Our new Clinic site is housed at LASSB’s offices in San Bernardino … Continue reading “New Site of Workers’ Rights Clinic Launches in San Bernardino”

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Legal Aid at Work Participates in 2018 Women’s March

The staff of Legal Aid at Work will rally at the Women’s March on Saturday.  We will be on the streets of Oakland, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, and Los Angeles to assert our commitment to fight for justice.   Sparked by our clients’ daily acts of courage we will continue to show up, educate, advocate, … Continue reading “Legal Aid at Work Participates in 2018 Women’s March”

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90-year old Lesbian Veteran Seeking Justice in Federal Court

On January 3, 2018, Legal Aid at Work, together with co-counsel WilmerHale, filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Helen James, a ninety-year old veteran who was discharged from the Air Force in the 1950s because she is a lesbian. More than six decades after the U.S Air Force discharged her, Helen James is still … Continue reading “90-year old Lesbian Veteran Seeking Justice in Federal Court”

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Time’s Up!

Farm workers, waitresses, janitors, retail workers, and hotel housekeepers are just some of the sexual harassment victims Legal Aid at Work attorneys represent.  These women, who ranged in age from teenagers to women in their 70’s, experienced conduct at work that no one should endure:  repeated rapes, unwelcome touching, pornographic materials, and sexualized comments.  Their … Continue reading “Time’s Up!”

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Worker claims wage, trafficking violations in janitorial ‘franchise’ scheme

Luis Castillo, who worked as a janitor for CleanNet under a purported “franchise agreement,” filed a lawsuit in San Francisco today on behalf of everyone in his position across California. The complaint alleges that workers like him are not truly “franchise” owners at all but, rather, employees of CleanNet — and entitled to basic protections under … Continue reading “Worker claims wage, trafficking violations in janitorial ‘franchise’ scheme”

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Northern California high school moves toward equality with Title IX settlement

[This blog entry, originally posted on Nov. 1, was updated on Nov. 15, 2017, to include a link (at the end) to the signed settlement agreement.]   Girls at Red Bluff High School near Redding filed a class action lawsuit last spring alleging they do not receive the same athletic facilities, benefits and opportunities as their … Continue reading “Northern California high school moves toward equality with Title IX settlement”

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