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Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision

Today’s five-to-four Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME  overturns  40 years of settled law.  The decision, aiming to disempower workers in public workplaces, has nothing to do with compelled speech.  It has everything to do with using the First Amendment as a weapon to deprive public employees of power.  As Justice Kagan eloquently put … Continue reading “Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision”

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Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Upholding President Trump’s Muslim Ban

Five Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Trump’s Muslim Ban to go into effect this morning, refusing to acknowledge the Order for what it plainly is: scarcely disguised Islamophobia in service of cynical political ends. The President’s contempt for those whose skin color and religion are different from his own is palpable, betrays our … Continue reading “Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Upholding President Trump’s Muslim Ban”

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46 Years After Title IX, Girls Still Don’t Have Equal Rights on the Playing Field

Boys on Castle Park High School’s baseball team played and practiced on a well-maintained baseball field, with state-of-the-art batting cages, cinderblock dugouts, and a bullpen. But girls on the softball team didn’t have any of that. Instead, they were forced to maintain their own field (without the equipment to do so), fundraise to build their … Continue reading “46 Years After Title IX, Girls Still Don’t Have Equal Rights on the Playing Field”

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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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