In The Media

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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Kim Turner Writes in the Sacramento Bee about the Need to Cheer on Women in Sports Year Round — Not Just During the Olympics

In an Op-Ed in the Sacramento Bee, Kim Turner discusses the importance of giving women's sports equal air time: "The successes of women during this year’s Olympics demonstrated to sponsors, networks, hosts and advertisers that showing women’s sports makes dollars and sense.... Advertisers, companies, networks and all stakeholders should recognize that the world is excited to watch and cheer on women in sports all year long."
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Newsday Discusses Historic Wrong LAAW Helped Rectify for 91-year Old Lesbian Veteran Helen James

The article tells the story of LAAW Client Helen James, who joined the Air Force in the 1950's and was discharged due to her sexual orientation. More than 60 years later, and just shy of her 91st birthday, Helen finally received the honorable discharge she deserved after LAAW and co-counsel filed suit.
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Launch of LAAW’s Newest Workers’ Rights Clinic location in Antioch Featured in the Antioch Herald.

“Antioch is one of the largest cities in Contra Costa County and has one of the highest populations of low-income, Black workers in California,” said DeCarol Davis, Legal Aid at Work’s Director of Community Legal Services. “It has gone unseen and underserved for too long. We are trying to change that.”
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