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Announcing the 2018 Elizabeth J. Cabraser Summer Lecture Series In Public Interest Law

The Elizabeth J. Cabraser Summer Lecture Series, named in honor of a distinguished attorney and friend of Legal Aid at Work, strives to present a wide spectrum of topics and views. WHEN: Tuesdays, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (Brown bag) WHERE: Legal Aid at Work 180 Montgomery St., 6th Floor* San Francisco, CA *(Except July 24) … Continue reading “Announcing the 2018 Elizabeth J. Cabraser Summer Lecture Series In Public Interest Law”

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This Mother’s Day, Support Nursing Parents!

When To-wen Tseng returned to work after her maternity leave, her employer didn’t provide her a place to pump breast milk, so she had to use the restroom. When she tried to wash her pumping accessories in the kitchen, her co-workers told her “don’t wash your dirty panties here.” She felt upset and demoralized. Her … Continue reading “This Mother’s Day, Support Nursing Parents!”

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Equal Pay Day: Seeking a brighter future

On April 10, 2018, we observe Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day symbolizes how many days into the year women have to work to make what men earned in the prior year. Every year, women are deprived of valuable economic and tangible benefits of their hard work. Equal Pay Day falls at different points in … Continue reading “Equal Pay Day: Seeking a brighter future”

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Press Releases

LAAW Lawsuit Exposes Vulnerabilities of Resident Managers: When Asking for Wages Effectively Leads to Your Eviction

San Francisco (March 21, 2018) — In San Francisco’s astronomically expensive housing market, legislators and housing activists have worked hard to prevent unjust evictions of low-income tenants. However, there is one group of people who can be left surprisingly unprotected: live-in resident managers whose bosses are also their landlords. When resident managers are fired, they … Continue reading “LAAW Lawsuit Exposes Vulnerabilities of Resident Managers: When Asking for Wages Effectively Leads to Your Eviction”

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LAAW President Joan Graff Receives “Woman of the Year” Award at State Capitol

(Sacramento, CA) – During the State Assembly’s Woman of the Year celebration at the State Capitol today, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) honored attorney Joan Messing Graff for her half-century-long fight for equality and economic justice in the workplace. “The breadth of Joan’s work in fighting for low-wage workers is truly remarkable,” said Ting. “She … Continue reading “LAAW President Joan Graff Receives “Woman of the Year” Award at State Capitol”

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LAAW Program Supporting Parents in the Workplace Receives Prestigious $300,000 Grant from the Aspen Institute

San Francisco (February 21, 2018) — Legal Aid at Work (LAAW) has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Aspen Institute to assist low-income working parents.  The grant was given in recognition of LAAW’s status as one of the six “boldest” organizations in the country supporting the economic security of working families. While California and … Continue reading “LAAW Program Supporting Parents in the Workplace Receives Prestigious $300,000 Grant from the Aspen Institute”

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In The Media

LAAW Attorney Katie Fiester quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle about new federal tip pooling law

Katie Fiester of LAAW's Wage Protection Program was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, praising a new federal law allowing tips to be pooled between waiters and certain other restaurant staff in the “chain of service” (like cooks and bussers). “When it comes to tips, the more regulated they are and the more transparent they are, the better it is for the workers who earn them,” she said

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LAAW’s Groundbreaking Medical-Legal Partnerships Featured on Slate

Slate wrote a terrific article featuring Legal Aid at Work's cutting-edge medical-legal partnerships. We’re incredibly proud of the innovative work Sharon Terman, Julia Parish, Jenna Gerry, Katie Wutchiett, and our entire Work & Family team are doing every day!

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LAAW Client Fights Breastfeeding Barriers in Asian-American Communities

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