In The Media

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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Molly Lao Selected for Skadden Fellowship with Legal Aid at Work

Molly Lao, currently a third-year law student a Berkeley Law and formerly a law clerk with Legal Aid at Work, was just selected to be a Skadden Fellow with Legal Aid at Work. During her two-year, fully funded fellowship, Molly will establish a medical-legal-social services partnership in Fresno with a local one-stop resource and community health center in order to provide employment representation for formerly incarcerated individuals with disabilities. We are very exited to welcome Molly back to Legal Aid at Work and are incredibly grateful to the the Skadden Fellowship Foundation for making this work possible.
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Alexx Campbell and Daniela Urban Discuss Delays in Unemployment Benefits Appeals Process with the SF Chronicle

Due to "widely criticized bottlenecks in processing unemployment applications during the pandemic deluge," the Employment Development Department (EDD) has been slow to send denial notices to Californians seeking unemployment compensation, significantly delaying critical appeals processes for those who are wrongfully denied benefits. Due to delays, many applicants are not being paid or receiving their determination notices. "'They are sitting in limbo,' said Daniela Urban." Furthermore, those who have been through the appeals process note that the process is fairly "cumbersome." "'All the correspondence is through the mail or by fax,' said Alexx Campbell, a staff attorney at Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco. 'Most people don’t have access to a fax machine. It’s quite miserable for people.'"
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LAAW’s George Warner Discusses How Many Workers’ Status as Employees Was not Affected by Prop 22 in the San Francisco Chronicle

The recent passage of Prop 22 in California has allowed Uber, Lyft, and other companies to override California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which was passed last year to extend employee classification to gig workers, allowing these companies to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. LAAW attorney George Warner clarifies that many occupations are still governed by AB5, despite Prop 22's passing. "AB5 has [a] particular effect on service sector jobs. 'All sorts of low-wage industries have misclassification issues,' said George Warner, an attorney with the wage protection program at Legal Aid at Work. 'Prop. 22 won’t affect those industries.'"
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Temple University features Elizabeth Kristen’s work helping Black WWII veteran upgrade his discriminatory “blue discharge”

Temple University highlights LAAW's Elizabeth Kristen's work to help Nelson Henry Jr., an African American WWII veteran, upgrade his discriminatory "blue discharge" to an honorable discharge. "Between 1941 and 1945, more than 48,000 soldiers—many of them Black or LGBTQIA+—were given a blue discharge...[which] left a stain on veterans’ records that discouraged employers from hiring them." Mr. Henry passed away earlier this year due to complications caused by COVID-19.
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