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This Father’s Day, Don’t Just Fight for Paternity Leave—Use it!

Nearly all fathers want to be there when a new child comes into their life.  But, far too often, work and financial worry can act as barriers to fathers being as involved as they would want to be.  Now, new changes in California laws are making it more possible for dads to be there. Study … Continue reading “This Father’s Day, Don’t Just Fight for Paternity Leave—Use it!”

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Statement of Joan Graff on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a stunning decision, taking away the ability of workers to band together collectively to enforce their workplace rights. It did so by upholding the legality of “mandatory arbitration” clauses with class action waiver provisions. These provisions allow employers to circumvent the courts by forcing workers into closed-door proceedings where the deck is … Continue reading “Statement of Joan Graff on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis”

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Announcing the 2018 Elizabeth J. Cabraser Summer Lecture Series In Public Interest Law

The Elizabeth J. Cabraser Summer Lecture Series, named in honor of a distinguished attorney and friend of Legal Aid at Work, strives to present a wide spectrum of topics and views. WHEN: Tuesdays, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (Brown bag) WHERE: Legal Aid at Work 180 Montgomery St., 6th Floor* San Francisco, CA *(Except July 24) … Continue reading “Announcing the 2018 Elizabeth J. Cabraser Summer Lecture Series In Public Interest Law”

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This Mother’s Day, Support Nursing Parents!

When To-wen Tseng returned to work after her maternity leave, her employer didn’t provide her a place to pump breast milk, so she had to use the restroom. When she tried to wash her pumping accessories in the kitchen, her co-workers told her “don’t wash your dirty panties here.” She felt upset and demoralized. Her … Continue reading “This Mother’s Day, Support Nursing Parents!”

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Equal Pay Day: Seeking a brighter future

On April 10, 2018, we observe Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day symbolizes how many days into the year women have to work to make what men earned in the prior year. Every year, women are deprived of valuable economic and tangible benefits of their hard work. Equal Pay Day falls at different points in … Continue reading “Equal Pay Day: Seeking a brighter future”

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Elizabeth Kristen speaks at Junior Giants Softball Symposium

Batter up!  LAAW Attorney Elizabeth Kristen spoke at the Junior Giants Softball Symposium at AT&T Park today. She educated these community athletic programs about the Fair Play Act, which requires that park and recreation departments provide girls and boys with equal opportunities in youth sports programs. More information about Legal Aid at Work’s innovative program … Continue reading “Elizabeth Kristen speaks at Junior Giants Softball Symposium”

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LAAW President Joan Graff Receives “Woman of the Year” Award at State Capitol

(Sacramento, CA) – During the State Assembly’s Woman of the Year celebration at the State Capitol today, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) honored attorney Joan Messing Graff for her half-century-long fight for equality and economic justice in the workplace. “The breadth of Joan’s work in fighting for low-wage workers is truly remarkable,” said Ting. “She … Continue reading “LAAW President Joan Graff Receives “Woman of the Year” Award at State Capitol”

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Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic: Two Sessions Left Before Summer!

The Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic (WRDLC), which provides free, confidential legal advice and referrals for workers with disabilities, is winding down for the 2017-2018 school year. We are grateful to have been able to provide free legal information and advice to more than 60 individuals with disabilities on reasonable accommodations and discrimination. If you … Continue reading “Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic: Two Sessions Left Before Summer!”

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NBC’s Today Show Features 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. Helen’s inspiring story … Continue reading “NBC’s Today Show Features Legal Aid at Work Client Helen James”

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