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Citlalli Ochoa's international experiences molded aspirations for helping workers worldwide

Citlalli Ochoa is passionate about human rights and her goal is to work with the United Nations in international women’s and workers’ rights issues. One of the Gender Equity/LGBT Rights Program’s Robert M. Dell Student Advocates this summer, Citlali is going into her third year at University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law).Her … Continue reading “Citlalli Ochoa's international experiences molded aspirations for helping workers worldwide”

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Personal experience and service to the JusticeCorps shaped Monica Porter's future in advocacy

A San Mateo native, Robert M. Dell Student Advocate Monica Porter is enjoying being home in the Bay Area this summer, deepening her disability rights law experience with the Disability Rights Program. Going into her third year at George Washington University Law School (GW Law) in Washington, D.C., Monica developed her expertise in disability rights … Continue reading “Personal experience and service to the JusticeCorps shaped Monica Porter's future in advocacy”

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New York Times Highlights the Role of Doctors’ Notes in Securing Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

A July 8, 2015 New York Times article discusses the important role that doctors’ notes can play in helping women stay healthy and employed during their pregnancies. Pregnancy often gives rise to conditions – like back pain, morning sickness, or gestational diabetes – that require accommodations at work.  And many doctors advise modest workplace changes … Continue reading “New York Times Highlights the Role of Doctors’ Notes in Securing Accommodations for Pregnant Workers”

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Court Holds Nursing Mothers May Seek Lost Wages for Denial of Lactation Accommodations

After Aida Lico returned from maternity leave to her job at T.D. Bank, she needed to pump breast milk at work to nurse her infant child. According to Ms. Lico’s court-filed complaint, the Bank’s Branch Assistant Manager told her she must take her lactation breaks in the restroom. She objected because she felt the restroom … Continue reading “Court Holds Nursing Mothers May Seek Lost Wages for Denial of Lactation Accommodations”

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Allyssa Villanueva Aims to Ensure Equality for Students and Workers in Hometown Oakland

UC Hasting College of the Law student Allyssa Villanueva is a Bay Area native born and raised in Oakland – where she aims to work in public service after law school and make her mark in ensuring racial equality in education and employment. This summer’s Robert M. Dell Student Advocate in the Racial Equality Program, … Continue reading “Allyssa Villanueva Aims to Ensure Equality for Students and Workers in Hometown Oakland”

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Fathers Shouldn't Have to Choose Between Job & Family

Sunday, June 21st, was Alfonso Garcia’s first Father’s Day. His baby Naomi was born on May 26th. Alfonso works as battery technician for an emergency road side service company in Mountain View. After his partner Gardenia gave birth to their daughter, the pediatrician told Alfonso and Gardenia that their baby required a special battery of … Continue reading “Fathers Shouldn't Have to Choose Between Job & Family”

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Beyond the Classroom: Christina Jones Wants Employment Opportunities for Special Needs Students into Adulthood

For the past year and a half, third year law student Christina Jones has had her sights set on joining Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) this summer. In early 2014, as first-year law students at the University of Notre Dame, Christina and three of her classmates met the majority of LAS-ELC’s legal … Continue reading “Beyond the Classroom: Christina Jones Wants Employment Opportunities for Special Needs Students into Adulthood”

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A Commitment to Service: DeCarol Davis' Journey from Home to the Military to LAS-ELC

Though now living in California, our incoming law clerk DeCarol Davis considers Darlington – a tiny, rural town in South Carolina – her home. Her whole family lives down South, and Darlington is where she goes home for the holidays. DeCarol comes from a loving, hard-working family, some of whom have been employed as hotel … Continue reading “A Commitment to Service: DeCarol Davis' Journey from Home to the Military to LAS-ELC”

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Family-Friendly Workplaces Create a Stronger California

A new mother is told she will be fired if she does not return to work when her baby is just six weeks old. A retail worker struggles to find child care because her schedule is erratic and changes with little notice. A grandson is denied time off to care for his dying grandmother.  Thankfully, … Continue reading “Family-Friendly Workplaces Create a Stronger California”

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