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Eric Holder: ‘Legal Aid at Work has your back’

Legal Aid at Work – along with 800 other attendees – celebrated 101 years of putting justice to work at our annual dinner July 12. Highlights included a conversation with former Attorney General Eric Holder, who also presented the Mathew Tobriner award to the Hon. Thelton Henderson. [<a href=”//storify.com/legalaidatwork/legal-aid-at-work-annual-dinner” target=”_blank”>View the story “#NightofLAAW” on Storify</a>]

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Unemployment insurance appeal turns a couple’s life around

For a decade after leaving the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005, Jose Hidalgo worked full time in construction, supporting himself and his long-term girlfriend, Olivia; they had a nice home near Fresno, they bought a dog together, and they were building the life they wanted. But in just a few months — after Jose took … Continue reading “Unemployment insurance appeal turns a couple’s life around”

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Annual dinner this Wednesday

We are honored to celebrate justice — and the 101st anniversary of our organization’s founding — with the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson and former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. this Wednesday, July 12, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Mr. Holder will be in conversation with Stanford Law Professor Pamela … Continue reading “Annual dinner this Wednesday”

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Immigrants at Work Twitter chat

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, @LegalAidatWork and co-hosts discussed immigrant workers’ rights, language discrimination, updating your Social Security number with your employer, experiencing harassment in the workplace, and more. [View the story “Immigrants at Work Twitter chat” on Storify]

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5 facts about undocumented workers’ rights

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, we are taking the time to acknowledge the rights of immigrants and undocumented people in the workplace. FACT 1: Undocumented workers enjoy almost all of the same rights as other workers under federal and California law. Health and safety laws protect all employees regardless of their immigration status. All … Continue reading “5 facts about undocumented workers’ rights”

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Meet our summer 2017 law clerks!

Each summer, Legal Aid at Work is fortunate to host about a dozen exceptional law students who contribute to all aspects of our work while also receiving training and an introduction to employment law practice. We’re increasingly impressed by the breadth of our summer clerks’ backgrounds and the depth of their commitment to the work … Continue reading “Meet our summer 2017 law clerks!”

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Lawyers discuss resisting executive orders at third summer lecture

Two lawyers discussed the challenges and rewards of opposing President Donald Trump’s executive orders during our final June lecture, on the topic “Strategies for Resistance by State and Local Governments.” Mollie Lee, deputy city attorney for San Francisco, described the “catastrophic” consequences of the possibility of San Francisco losing funding because it has declared itself … Continue reading “Lawyers discuss resisting executive orders at third summer lecture”

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Many Calif. schools don’t report on gender equity in sports as required: Report

Less than half of surveyed California high schools are reporting as required on girls’ opportunities to play sports, according to a new report from Legal Aid at Work. And the information that has been posted shows significant gaps — even though federally funded schools have been required for 45 years to serve male and female … Continue reading “Many Calif. schools don’t report on gender equity in sports as required: Report”

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Defending disability rights in workplace and education

The audience of our second summer lecture, “Defending Disability Rights in the Trump Era,” included people with disabilities, workers from disability rights centers, and people worried about the administration of President Donald Trump. “What does it take to have an equal opportunity?” said Arlene Mayerson, directing attorney at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. … Continue reading “Defending disability rights in workplace and education”

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