In The Media

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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The SF Chronicle Covers Groundbreaking Language Access Settlement with EDD

In the article, Katie Wutchiett, staff attorney in LAAW’s Work and Family Program, said she hopes that next EDD will expand language support for people seeking state disability insurance and paid family leave. “We are committed to work with EDD to ensure this forms an example for (state disability insurance and paid family leave) and those programs aren’t left behind.”
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LA Times Article Featuring Katie Wutchiett Explains How the New COVID-19 Sick Pay Law Works

LAAW Staff Attorney Katie Wutchiett discusses how workers can access COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Days, recently enacted into law in California and retroactive to Jan. 1, 2022. “[I]t’s important for workers to know that they can use the two banks of 40 hours in whatever order they choose and do not need to exhaust one bank before switching to the other.”
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KQED interviews Alexx Campbell about Excessive Delays in the Labor Commissioner Process for Low-Wage Workers

The article discusses how the delays hurt workers, many of whom wait years to receive their hard-earned wages, and makes it harder to recover money for their claims.
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LAist Explains with LAAW’s help What Rights Parents Have When they Need Time Off to Care for Sick Kids

LAAW Attorney Katie Wutchiett speaks to LAist to help explain relevant laws and programs available to parents when they need paid and job-protected time off of work to care for an ill child in this detailed article.
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Katie Wutchiett Discusses with the LA Times the New Deal Reached Between Governor Newsom the Legislature on COVID-19 Sick Pay

As Katie told the newspaper, “This supplemental paid leave is what has allowed workers to stay home while sick and keep sick children at home without having to worry about being fired or losing their income.” . . . “People need COVID leave for so many reasons right now — for themselves, for vaccination, or to care for kids who are sent home following an exposure or school closure.”
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Lauren Romero Highlights Gender Pay Gap in Sports in Daily Californian Op-Ed

In an op-ed for the Daily Californian, law clerk Lauren Romero examines the narrowing gender pay gap in professional sports, and the vital roles litigation and policy can play in making sports more equitable. "Creating equitable conditions in sports will take a combination of new legislation, strategic litigation and the increase of social pressures demanding equity in media coverage and in pay. My background in sports and activism led me to pursue my profession at organizations such as Legal Aid at Work and Skate Like a Girl."
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