In The Media

Elizabeth Kristen talks to Ms. Magazine about California’s Prohibition of “No Rehire” Clauses

Elizabeth Kristen, Director of LAAW's Gender Equity and LGBTQ Rights program, discusses the importance of California's 2019 ban on "no rehire" clauses, which prohibits departing employees from seeking future employment with an employer or an employer’s related entities. “'It was awful to have clients sign these because they could basically be locked out of an entire industry,' says Kristen. 'It has been very helpful to have really clear guidance on no-rehire clauses because it was so bad for workers in low-wage jobs and so potentially retaliatory.'”
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Berkeley Law Students Discuss their Experiences Aiding Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Through LAAW’s Workers’ Rights Clinic

Through virtual clinics via Zoom and phone, students at Berkeley Law have been able to assist low-income employees that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic through participation in LAAW's Workers' Rights Clinic. "'Every night, we’re taking what they’re learning in law school and bringing it to the community,'" LAAW's Mike Gaitley says. “'This keeps them grounded in why they went to law school in the first place.'"
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George Warner Discusses Barriers Workers Face Collecting Unemployment Insurance with the San Francisco Chronicle

LAAW's George Warner discusses a recently released report on California's Employment Development Department (EDD) with the SF Chronicle. "'The report highlights a number of troubling realities of how the department currently operates,' said George Warner." The EDD issued the report alongside an announcement that the department has stopped taking new applications for unemployment benefits until October 5, 2020 "while it 'resets' itself to 'help prevent backlog growth.'"
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Bloomberg Discusses LAAW’s Case Against the State Bar on Behalf of Students with Disabilities

Bloomberg discusses Legal Aid at Work's case against the State Bar of California on behalf of students with disabilities who are forced to take the bar exam in person during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The trio of test takers argued they should be allowed to complete the exam online. They said the two-tiered system is 'unfair and dangerous' to disabled test takers 'forced to test in person and endure risks to their health and test performance.'"
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Kim Turner’s Op-Ed in Providence Journal Calls for Brown University to Do Better on Title IX

Kim Turner, of LAAW's Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program and Fair Play for Girls in Sports Project, writes in the Providence Journal about her alma mater Brown University's disappointing record on Title IX. "It’s utterly heartbreaking to see the school skirting its legal and moral responsibilities."
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George Warner talks to the LA Times about How California’s New Unemployment Benefits Are Not Enough for Unemployed Families

LAAW's George Warner talks to the Los Angeles Times about California's new unemployment benefits, which will provide $300 per week to qualifying Californians, highlighting the fact that $300 per week is "untenable for unemployed families" and these benefits are only guaranteed for three weeks.
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Sharon Terman Talks to the SF Chronicle about SB 1383’s Expansion of Job Protection for those who take Family or Medical Leave

LAAW's Sharon Terman, Director of the Work and Family Program, talks to the SF Chronicle about SB 1383, a California bill that significantly expands job protection for workers who take family medical leave.
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LAAW’s Partnership with the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino Featured in the Precinct Reporter

LAAW's Workers' Rights Clinic is partnering with Legal Aid Society of San Bernandino to provide information on employment rights to low-income and unemployed people in the Inland Empire. Galen Ages spoke with the Precinct Reporter Group about the unprecedented client demand during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Rachael Langston Speaks to the Desert Sun Regarding the Rights Amazon Warehouse Workers Have in Light of Covid-19

Rachael Langston speaks to the Desert Sun about Amazon warehouse workers who are concerned about Covid-19 exposure on the job and what they can do to protect themselves: “If someone has an underlying condition that makes them especially wary of being at work, even if protection measures are there, they do have a right to ask for a reasonable accommodation” and not lose their job."
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