In The Media

Katie Fiester Discusses New Legislation (AB 673) Expanding the Rights of Workers to Obtain Penalties When They Are Not Paid on Time

Legal Aid at Work attorney Katie Fiester discusses the “huge step forward” that the newly passed bill (AB 673) is for workers. "This bill is really just a fix to remedy this issue and make sure that workers who are suffering the consequences of being paid late actually receive the penalty for it." The Bill now moves to Governor Newsom’s desk for his signature.
Click Here to Read

WWII Veteran Receives Honorable Discharge from the Army with LAAW’s Assistance, 75 Years After Being Kicked out Because he was Black

After fighting for decades, Legal Aid at Work Client Nelson Henry, 96, finally received the honorable discharge he was denied several decades ago when he was given a “blue discharge” because of his race.
Click Here to Read

Elizabeth Kristen Discusses the Lack of LGBT Workplace Protections in an Article by the Center for Public Integrity

Elizabeth Kristen discusses the lack of protections for LGBT workers nationwide and the related upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case on this issue in an article by the Center for Public Integrity (co-published by the Columbus Dispatch).  
Click Here to Read

Carole Vigne Quoted in the Guardian Regarding Labor Trafficking Abuses Foreign “Cultural Exchange Students” Often Experience

The Director of LAAW's Wage Protection Program Carole Vigne was quoted in the Guardian about the exploitation that foreign "cultural exchange" participants often experience: "the lack of government oversight, the age of participants as well as potential cultural and language barriers conspire to 'increase the vulnerability' of members of the Summer Work Travel program." 
Click Here to Read

LAAW’s Efforts to Fight Gender Discrimination in Hawaiʻi Covered by KITV

LAAW's efforts to fight against unfair treatment of girls at Campbell High School in Hawaiʻi is covered by KITV. The lawsuit alleges that Hawaiʻi's Department of Education has committed multiple violations of federal civil rights law by denying girls at Campbell the same athletic opportunities, treatment, and benefits that it provides boys—such as providing fewer teams to girls, inferior locker room space, and subpar competition facilities. The lawsuit followed approximately ten months of attempts by the ACLU of Hawai‘i to get DOE to voluntarily improve the way it treats girls, as required by federal law.
Click Here to Read

LAAW’s Victory for 95-year-old Black WWII Veteran Wrongfully Discharged Because of His Race is Covered in the Philadelphia Inquirer

LAAW's successful efforts to upgrade our client's military discharge to "honorable" status was profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mr. Henry had been kicked out of the Army in 1945 with a "blue discharge," which was used to deny minority service members (primarily African-Americans and Lesbian and Gay service members) their hard-earned benefits. "I’m still wondering if it’s a dream,” Henry said Tuesday in his Logan Square apartment. “I’m not sure how many more days I have left, but I may not ever get over it. It’s a great feeling.”
Click Here to Read

LAAW’s Racial Economic Justice Work Profiled in the San Jose Mercury News

Staff attorney Stacy Villalobos's efforts to help workers obtain and retain employment regardless of criminal conviction history was profiled in the San Jose Mercury News. " Stacy . . . travels around the Bay Area holding training sessions to inform people with criminal records about their rights. When she asks in the sessions if the participants have encountered the kinds of questions the [ban the box] law was written to stop, she said, 'almost everyone in the room raises their hands.'”
Click Here to Read

The Philadelphia Inquirer Covers LAAW’s Advocacy for 95-year Old Black Veteran in Trying to Rectify Decades-old Wrong

The story discusses how our client, Nelson Henry, was kicked out of the Army in 1945 with a "blue discharge." Blue discharges were used to deny minority service members (primarily African-Americans and Lesbian and Gay service members) their hard-earned benefits after they had served this country so honorably.
Click Here to Read

Alexis Alvarez speaks with KSPC 88.7 fm on Disability Awareness Day

Senior Staff Attorney Alexis Alvarez spoke with KSPC 88.7 about her disability rights work, and about the barriers and other issues that persons with disabilities face every day in the fight for equal treatment.
Click Here to Read