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Fresno Bee Highlights Undocumented Workers and Allies that Organized Statewide Caravan to Urge Gov. Newsom to Extend Unemployment Benefits to All

As many bills are awaiting Governor Newsom's veto or approval, undocumented workers and allies, including the SafetyNet4All Coalition, which we're a part of, organized a two-day statewide caravan to pressure him to sign a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to all Californians. Millions of undocumented workers are ineligible for unemployment benefits due to their immigration status, despite contributing to billions in state and local tax revenues.
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CalMatters Highlights How Wage Theft Claims Remain Unpaid, Even After Workers “Win” Them

The article, which features the story of LAAW’s client Mayra Perez, discusses the many challenges workers face in collecting their lost wages even after the Labor Commissioner has awarded them money.
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Elizabeth Kristen Discusses How Title IX Protects Reproductive Rights on Campus

Elizabeth said: "You could certainly come up with scenarios where male reproductive care is fully supported and fully cared for by medical systems where the full range of female reproductive care is not, and that that could be seen as sex discrimination."
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KQED discusses with Katie Wutchiett why the CA Budget Needs to Increase Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance Payment Rates

“[I]t’s not humane or cost-efficient to force back to work new parents, folks who are sick or injured, or their family caregivers before they’re ready. . . . But by having a state disability insurance and paid family leave system that doesn’t provide enough income for families to live on, that’s exactly what we’re doing.”
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Hawaiʻi Public Radio Interviews LAAW’s Student Athlete Clients on the Anniversary of Title IX

LAAW client Ashley Badis notes that she is grateful to Patsky Mink and others who originally championed Title XI, noting that “I didn’t want [my sister] or any of the other students to have to go through what I did” in being denied equal access to athletic facilities and opportunities.
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Katie Wutchiett Speaks with CalMatters about the Significant Delays Clients Are Experiencing Obtaining Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance

Staff attorney Katie Wutchiett describes the delays that workers have routinely faced with accessing benefits administered by the Employment Development Department. LAAW has "heard from folks who are having a hard time getting just that one-on-one, you know, ‘What is the answer to this question? I’m confused. I’m running out of money. What can I do?’”
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LAAW’s 9th Circuit Victory in Title IX Gender Equity Case Highlighted in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

In the article, LAAW Attorney Elizabeth Kristen discusses the importance the issues involved in the case: "Sports participation for girls isn’t just about going on to the Olympics—it’s about going to college, it’s about getting a job, it’s about getting higher wages. It really sets this platform for character development for the rest of their lives,” Kristen said. “So girls who are deprived of this in high school, it’s really robbing them of so much in their futures.”
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LAAW’s Workplace Sex Assault Case Against Eagle Trucklines Profiled in the Guardian

The article discusses LAAW’s case on behalf of Laura Zuniga, a female truck driver, who was sexually assaulted by her co-driver and then later told by her employer to finish the route. As Ms. Zuniga told the Guardian, “[t]he way the company treated me, I felt worthless.”
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LAAW’s Advocacy Challenging Whether Job Screening Agencies Can Ask Invasive Medical Questions Is Highlighted in the SF Chronicle

As LAAW argued in its brief to the appellate court: “These overbroad inquiries and exams will continue to effectively screen out applicants with disabilities.” The California Supreme Court has now decided to review this issue.
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