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Helen James sitting at the controls of her tractor

Seeking justice at 90: A veteran’s quest

More than six decades after the U.S Air Force discharged her without warning, Helen James is still seeking the honors she earned. Helen entered the military in 1952 as a radio operator on a base in Roslyn, N.Y., following in the footsteps of her father, who had served in the Army. No one talked in … Continue reading “Seeking justice at 90: A veteran’s quest”

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Safeguarding civil and workplace rights: Our summer lecture series highlights the work at hand

As groups across California and the United States work to shore up essential civil and workplace rights that have been established over the past 50 years, our annual lecture series is more timely than ever. The series launches June 13 at our office on Montgomery Street in San Francisco with a talk on how diverse … Continue reading “Safeguarding civil and workplace rights: Our summer lecture series highlights the work at hand”

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In veterans’ supportive housing, homeless women need gender-specific options

This Memorial Day, let’s honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country, by caring for veterans who survived but carry scars from their service. One veteran we’ve worked with, whom I’ll call “Laura” in this post, was sexually assaulted while in the Army. As a result, she grapples with post-traumatic stress, and she became … Continue reading “In veterans’ supportive housing, homeless women need gender-specific options”

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Katy Tang looks on as Julia Parish speaks, holding her son.

Hearing showcases San Francisco’s leadership on support for working families

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is considering an ordinance today that could make a big difference for many families by making a seemingly small change in the ways that employers accommodate nursing moms. New mothers who keep breastfeeding after they return to work gain health benefits for themselves and their children. And most new moms … Continue reading “Hearing showcases San Francisco’s leadership on support for working families”

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May Day in San Francisco in video

Thousands of people across the Bay Area rallied and marched May 1 in support of workers’ and immigrants’ rights. They gathered in Berkeley and Oakland and across downtown San Francisco, organized by civil rights organizations including Oakland Sin Fronteras and A Day Without An Immigrant SF. Legal Aid at Work staff joined in both the … Continue reading “May Day in San Francisco in video”

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Your political protest rights

  Everyone has a right, as a matter of free speech, to express their political opinions and to spend personal time at political protests, including Monday’s demonstrations in honor of May Day and workers’ and immigrants’ rights. We are going to be on high alert on Monday, but there is no uniform way that workplaces … Continue reading “Your political protest rights”

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Fifth Anniversary of Fresno Clinic

Legal Aid at Work’s pioneering Workers’ Rights Clinic marked its fifth anniversary serving the Fresno area this month. Consul of protection Juan Dario Constantino from the Mexican Consulate, Legal Aid at Work attorneys, LAAW board member Ana de Alba, and other volunteers joined us Tuesday night — both to work and to celebrate the milestone. With … Continue reading “Fifth Anniversary of Fresno Clinic”

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Equal pay: 5 ways to help maintain the momentum

Women now earn 79.5 cents for every dollar men make. That means the average woman in the U.S. has had to work all of last year and then through the first quarter of this year until today, April 4, to earn as much as the average man did last year. That’s actually more than a … Continue reading “Equal pay: 5 ways to help maintain the momentum”

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California law protects victims of hate crimes or threats related to bias

Here is a fact sheet describing your rights under California’s Ralph Act in Spanish, Chinese, and English. A Farsi translation is here, and an Arabic translation is here. Visit our clinics and helplines page, or call 415-864-8848, for help addressing your particular situation. Remember: All workers have rights to fair pay and a workplace free of discrimination … Continue reading “California law protects victims of hate crimes or threats related to bias”

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