In The Media

Katie Dixon and Stacy Villalobos Express Concerns in KQED about Lawmakers’ Recent Efforts to Combat Unemployment Fraud

Fair Chance Community Organizer, Katie Dixon, and Staff Attorney Stacy Villalobos discuss with KQED potential problems with legislators' recent efforts to combat unemployment fraud occurring in California prisons. "Current proposals could end up penalizing vulnerable people, both with and without criminal records both with and without conviction records," said Katie Dixon, due to a lack of complete and reliable data from California's criminal justice system. "'We just don't believe that the [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] is capable of disseminating accurate information to anyone, let alone someone outside of their already complicated landscape.'"
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Sharon Terman Highlights Importance of Equitable and Accessible Paid Leave Policy in Bloomberg Law

In light of the Biden administration's proposed federal paid leave program, LAAW's Work and Family Program Director Sharon Terman reflects on the lessons learned from California's groundbreaking program. "'We have learned in our experience in California the critical components that are necessary for paid leave policy to be truly equitable and accessible,'" said Terman, such as a sliding wage replacement rate and broader eligibility requirements than those outlined in the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
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Sharon Terman Speaks with the San Jose Mercury News about the Need for New Policies to Support Working Parents, Even after the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Passed

Sharon Terman, Director of LAAW's Work & Family Program, discusses the need for new policies to help working parents even after the current crises caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic has passed. "Whether schools are open or not, we need equitable policies to help families beyond this crisis . . . . Our workplace policies simply do not meet the needs of most families, and particularly families and people of color. The pandemic added more to the shoulders of women.”
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Katie Wutchiett Discusses the New COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law with the LA Times

Katie Wutchiett discusses the new COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law (SB 95), including which employees are covered and when leave can be taken. “Since CDC guidance recommends that people who are exposed to COVID-19 quarantine for 14 days, [the mere 3 days previously provided by law was] not nearly enough,” said Katherine Wutchiett, an attorney with Legal Aid at Work. “We were seeing workers who were having to choose between going to work sick and endangering their customers and co-workers, or staying home but risking their jobs and their income
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Elizabeth Kristen Speaks to the New York Times about the Andrew Cuomo Sex Harassment Matter

In the context of the Andrew Cuomo sex harassment matter, Elizabeth Kristen discusses the all-too-common tactic of accused harassers attempting to tarnish the reputation of the accusers as being bad employees. “There’s not a defense to harassment that the person was a bad employee,” said Kristen. "It’s not even relevant. Maybe she was the worst employee in the world, but she could still be harassed.”
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Katie Wutchiett Discusses the Need for Paid Sick Leave During the Covid-19 Pandemic with the LA Times

Katie Wutchiett talks to the Los Angeles Times about how important paid sick leave is to California's attempts to control the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of workers and the public, and calls for making clearer policies like two weeks of emergency paid leave.
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Jenna Gerry discusses in the SF Chronicle the Language Barriers that Workers Experience When trying to Access Unemployment Insurance

Jenna Gerry talks with the San Francisco Chronicle about the difficulties that people who don't speak English experience when they try to access Unemployment Insurance benefits. Jenna discusses how despite the EDD's steps to improve access for people who don't speak English, some instructions are still only in English and it is unclear how many non-English speaking agents are available to help people.
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The SF Chronicle Discusses LAAW’s Recent Settlement on Behalf of Transgender Police Officer

The San Francisco Chronicle covers LAAW and the Impact Fund's recent settlement with the City and County of San Francisco on behalf of a transgender police officer who experienced repeated harassment on-the-job. In addition to payments, "[h]uman resources investigators will take two hours of training on proper investigation of claims by transgender and gender non-conforming people, including 'the importance of enforcing policies on use of chosen names and pronouns; and the negative effects of misgendering.'"
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Settlement of Harassment Lawsuit on Behalf of Transgender San Francisco Police Sergeant Featured in Bay Area Reporter

The Bay Area Reporter covered LAAW and the Impact Fund's landmark settlement of a workplace harassment lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco. The case was brought on behalf of transgender San Francisco Police Department Sergeant Flint Paul, who was repeatedly misgendered and otherwise harassed at work.
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