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Eater.com Discusses How Gig Economy Restaurant Staffing Apps may Contribute to Misclassification

LAAW’s Wage Protection Program Director, Carole Vigne, discusses in Eater.com how so-called "gig economy" staffing apps for the Restaurant industry may be contributing to misclassification of on-demand restaurant workers. “There’s no question that these workers who are going into restaurants, even on a part-time or temporary basis, are employees . . . the real question is who is the employer (the hiring app and/or the third-party business), and consequently, who is liable if workers are misclassified?”
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Elizabeth Kristen Participates in Podcast Series on Sex Harassment

The Director of LAAW’s Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program Elizabeth Kristen speaks with the Victims of Crime Resource Center at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law about sex harassment, assault, and domestic violence for the podcast series “Knowledge Is Power: Victim to Survivor.”  The two-part podcast can be found at https://1800victims.org/podcasts/ as … Continue reading “Elizabeth Kristen Participates in Podcast Series on Sex Harassment”

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Gale Anne Hurd, an Executive Producer of “The Walking Dead” Franchise, Underwrites New Fellowship Program for Legal Aid at Work

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 12, 2019) – Hollywood producer and Valhalla Entertainment CEO, Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The Terminator, Aliens), announces that she is funding a public service legal Fellowship for the California-based nonprofit, Legal Aid at Work. The Hurd Fellowship, which will fund five fellows over the next … Continue reading “Gale Anne Hurd, an Executive Producer of “The Walking Dead” Franchise, Underwrites New Fellowship Program for Legal Aid at Work”

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Katie Fiester Discusses New Legislation (AB 673) Expanding the Rights of Workers to Obtain Penalties When They Are Not Paid on Time

Legal Aid at Work attorney Katie Fiester discusses the “huge step forward” that the newly passed bill (AB 673) is for workers. "This bill is really just a fix to remedy this issue and make sure that workers who are suffering the consequences of being paid late actually receive the penalty for it." The Bill now moves to Governor Newsom’s desk for his signature.
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WWII Veteran Receives Honorable Discharge from the Army with LAAW’s Assistance, 75 Years After Being Kicked out Because he was Black

After fighting for decades, Legal Aid at Work Client Nelson Henry, 96, finally received the honorable discharge he was denied several decades ago when he was given a “blue discharge” because of his race.
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Elizabeth Kristen Discusses the Lack of LGBT Workplace Protections in an Article by the Center for Public Integrity

Elizabeth Kristen discusses the lack of protections for LGBT workers nationwide and the related upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case on this issue in an article by the Center for Public Integrity (co-published by the Columbus Dispatch).  
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Announcing the Pregnancy + My Job Roadmap & Guide

  We are thrilled to announce that our newly created Pregnancy + My Job: A Roadmap and Guide are now available online and to order! Welcoming a new child into your home is already stressful enough; figuring out your rights to take time off work and get paid during that time shouldn’t be. These easy-to-navigate materials … Continue reading “Announcing the Pregnancy + My Job Roadmap & Guide”

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Carole Vigne Quoted in the Guardian Regarding Labor Trafficking Abuses Foreign “Cultural Exchange Students” Often Experience

The Director of LAAW's Wage Protection Program Carole Vigne was quoted in the Guardian about the exploitation that foreign "cultural exchange" participants often experience: "the lack of government oversight, the age of participants as well as potential cultural and language barriers conspire to 'increase the vulnerability' of members of the Summer Work Travel program." 
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Giving Girls a Playbook for Gender Equity On and Off the Field

The U.S. women’s national soccer team is racking up goals in France, hurtling past its opponents, and heading toward a record fourth World Cup victory on July 7. The team also faces the formidable opponent of gender inequity, like the unfairness millions of girls encounter each day in school and community sports. Our super star … Continue reading “Giving Girls a Playbook for Gender Equity On and Off the Field”

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