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Legal Aid at Work Blog

Legal Resources for Workers Affected by the Camp and Woolsey Wildfires

  When government officials declare that a situation is a disaster, certain specific benefits become available to workers. But many of workers’ existing rights also can be helpful in the event of a disaster — including the rights to sick leave, family medical leave, disability insurance, and workers’ compensation. Read our fact sheet about Workers’ … Continue reading “Legal Resources for Workers Affected by the Camp and Woolsey Wildfires”

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Yet Another Reminder of Why We Do this Work

  Just in time for this year’s Annual Fund Campaign, we have yet another example of how we’re #PuttingJusticetoWork: One of our clinic students from UC Irvine School of law, Jier Dong, just won 100% of his appeal for our client, Marie! This decision not only secures a crucial economic lifeline for this single mother … Continue reading “Yet Another Reminder of Why We Do this Work”

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Reserve Your Spot for the October 30 Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards!

Join us for the annual Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards ceremony, which will take place on October 30, 2018!  Please reserve your spot here. This year’s Award Ceremony will feature advocates for health and equity, including Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember David Chiu, and employer and employee representatives from Bi-Rite, PG&E, Healthy Horizons and YouAppi, who will … Continue reading “Reserve Your Spot for the October 30 Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards!”

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Press Releases

Santa Clara Unified School District to Resolve Title IX Concerns About Female Athletics

San Francisco, CA: Legal Aid at Work, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (Simpson Thacher) partnered with Santa Clara Unified School District to reach an agreement to resolve Title IX gender equality concerns affecting female athletes at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, CA. The agreement leads to significant changes that will continue to level … Continue reading “Santa Clara Unified School District to Resolve Title IX Concerns About Female Athletics”

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Female Athletes at Campbell High School in Hawai’i file federal civil rights lawsuit claiming unequal treatment of girls’ athletic programs

Class action lawsuit aims to end discrimination based on sex, stop illegal retaliation by school

HONOLULU: Today, two female student-athletes attending James Campbell High School (“Campbell”) filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (“DOE”) and the Oahu Interscholastic Association (“OIA”). The lawsuit is brought under Title IX, also known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, a federal law … Continue reading “Female Athletes at Campbell High School in Hawai’i file federal civil rights lawsuit claiming unequal treatment of girls’ athletic programs”

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Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition Receives National Recognition, 6th Annual Awards Program Launched

San Francisco (August 29, 2018)— The National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW) presented a 2018 Achievement Award to the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and its partners in the Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition, including the Department of Public Health and Legal Aid at Work. “I am thrilled to receive this prestigious … Continue reading “Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition Receives National Recognition, 6th Annual Awards Program Launched”

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In The Media

LAAW’s Title IX Lawsuit Seeking Gender Equity for Girls in Hawaii featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

LAAW and co-counsel's  federal civil rights lawsuit claiming unequal treatment of girls’ athletic programs was featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  
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Elizabeth Kristen Speaks to Television Industry Leaders About Depictions of Military Sexual Assualt

Elizabeth Kristen spoke to leaders in the television industry in Los Angeles about military sexual trauma, its depiction in television and movies, and how it impacts veterans and servicemembers and their return to civilian life, including work. The event was written up in Variety.
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Our Appellate Win on Behalf of Immigrant Workers Featured the SF Chronicle

Our appellate victory today in the California Court of Appeals was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. We’re challenging the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s practice of screening out applicants for employment based on prior use of an invalid social security number (without conducting an individualized assessment as to the employee’s fitness for employment), arguing that this practice had a disparate impact on Latinos in violation of applicable civil rights laws. This is an important case for workers who may have used someone else’s social security number in the past for reasons that do not affect their current eligibility for employment—as often happens with individuals (like DREAMers) who came to this country as undocumented minors and who later obtained an immigration status that allows them to work.
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