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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 today on behalf of everyone in his position across California, claiming that they were never truly “franchise” owners at all but, rather, employees of CleanNet — and entitled to basic protections under California wage and hour laws. “I … 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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Deadline to apply for disaster aid is Thursday

Don’t miss the November 16 deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) if you are unable to work as a result of the October wildfires! Anyone who cannot work due to the fires should apply as soon as possible for DUA. Unlike traditional unemployment insurance, DUA is available  to people who were self-employed but … Continue reading “Deadline to apply for disaster aid is Thursday”

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5 things employers should know about workplace raids

In light of the order from acting director of Immigration and Custom Enforcement, or ICE, for his agents to increase workplace enforcement next year, it is more important than ever for employers educate themselves about workplace raids. Read our new guide for employers on how to prepare for and handle a workplace raid. Click this link … Continue reading “5 things employers should know about workplace raids”

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5 things workers should know about immigration raids #YourRightsAtWork

The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has ordered his agency to do four to five times more immigration law enforcement in workplaces next year. That means workers must prepare for possible raids and detentions — and need to know their rights. Here are five key pointers: 1. ICE agents are not … Continue reading “5 things workers should know about immigration raids #YourRightsAtWork”

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Workers’ rights after a disaster

When government officials declare that a situation is a disaster, certain specific benefits become available to workers. But many of workers’ existing rights also can be helpful in the event of a disaster — including the rights to sick leave, family medical leave, disability insurance, and workers’ compensation. Read our new fact sheet about Workers’ … Continue reading “Workers’ rights after a disaster”

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Free legal help for low-wage workers affected by wildfires

Field workers, dishwashers, house cleaners and other low-income workers are being hit hard by the loss of homes and jobs to the wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month. As experts in workers’ rights, we are beefing up our free online resources and clinic services in response. For undocumented immigrants, the challenges of this … Continue reading “Free legal help for low-wage workers affected by wildfires”

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Healthy Mothers Workplace awards honor 64 employers for supporting working parents

The Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition has helped improve the lives of thousands of workers by recognizing employers for their family-friendly policies. At our fifth annual awards ceremony on Oct. 16, the coalition honored 64 San Francisco employers and heard from numerous dynamic speakers, including pairs of employers and employees; state and local officials; and Boies Schiller … Continue reading “Healthy Mothers Workplace awards honor 64 employers for supporting working parents”

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Female high school athletes reach final settlement with Oregon school district

Lake Oswego School District near Portland, Oregon, has finalized an agreement with Legal Aid at Work and local counsel to upgrade its high school sports programs and facilities in line with what it provides for boys. Legal Aid at Work joined the case last year, when we asked the U.S. District Court in Portland to … Continue reading “Female high school athletes reach final settlement with Oregon school district”

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