In The Media

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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LAAW and Safety Net for All Coalition Call for More Support for Undocumented Workers through a Temporary Income Replacement Program in the LA Times

LAAW's Carole Vigne discusses administrative and technical struggles in California's recent program to provide a $500 one-time payment to undocumented immigrants in California. Legal Aid at Work, along with 100+ other organizations that make up the Safety Net for All Coalition, have led the way in pushing for a temporary income replacement program for undocumented workers. Fourteen legislators have signed on to support the inclusion of this initiative in the June budget, which would provide far greater support than offered by the current one-time payment program.
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Kim Ouillette Discusses the New CA Undocumented Workers Fund, and Highlights the Need for Additional Support

Kim Ouillette of the Wage Protection Program calls for additional funds for undocumented workers. Experts estimate that $125 million in relief funds announced in April are only enough to assist only 150,000 of the estimated 270,000 undocumented people who have lost work since the outbreak. She advocates for a supplemental program that would give $400 per week to undocumented individuals who have lost work during the crisis.
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Carole Vigne Answers Common Questions About Unemployment Insurance from The New York Times

LAAW's Carole Vigne, director of the Wage Protection Program, answers a series of questions from the New York Times about the Employment Development Department's ability to disburse unemployment funds, how someone can check the status of an unemployment claim, Pandemic Unemployment Insurance, and much more.
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