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Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision

Today’s five-to-four Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME  overturns  40 years of settled law.  The decision, aiming to disempower workers in public workplaces, has nothing to do with compelled speech.  It has everything to do with using the First Amendment as a weapon to deprive public employees of power.  As Justice Kagan eloquently put … Continue reading “Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision”

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Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Upholding President Trump’s Muslim Ban

Five Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Trump’s Muslim Ban to go into effect this morning, refusing to acknowledge the Order for what it plainly is: scarcely disguised Islamophobia in service of cynical political ends. The President’s contempt for those whose skin color and religion are different from his own is palpable, betrays our … Continue reading “Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Upholding President Trump’s Muslim Ban”

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46 Years After Title IX, Girls Still Don’t Have Equal Rights on the Playing Field

Boys on Castle Park High School’s baseball team played and practiced on a well-maintained baseball field, with state-of-the-art batting cages, cinderblock dugouts, and a bullpen. But girls on the softball team didn’t have any of that. Instead, they were forced to maintain their own field (without the equipment to do so), fundraise to build their … Continue reading “46 Years After Title IX, Girls Still Don’t Have Equal Rights on the Playing Field”

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LAAW, Joined by Prominent Attorneys and Immigrants’ Rights Advocates, Seeks a Statewide Rule Barring Courthouse Immigration Arrests in California

SAN FRANCISCO (August 1, 2018) —Legal Aid at Work, joined by former Presidents of the California State Bar, retired judges, dozens of civil and immigrants’ rights groups, law professors, and many others, has applied for a proposed statewide courthouse rule that would block immigration agents from arresting persons for civil immigration violations in California’s courtrooms. … Continue reading “LAAW, Joined by Prominent Attorneys and Immigrants’ Rights Advocates, Seeks a Statewide Rule Barring Courthouse Immigration Arrests in California”

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Second labor trafficking lawsuit against Walter and Carolyn Schumacher and their businesses filed by former “cross-cultural exchange” workers

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (June 15, 2018) — Workers recruited from Jamaica and other countries to work in hospitality businesses in Oklahoma on the J-1 exchange visitor visa program filed a federal labor trafficking lawsuit today, alleging they were induced to pay high recruitment fees and then paid less money than they had been promised, denied … Continue reading “Second labor trafficking lawsuit against Walter and Carolyn Schumacher and their businesses filed by former “cross-cultural exchange” workers”

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Statement of Joan Graff on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a stunning decision, taking away the ability of workers to band together collectively to enforce their workplace rights. It did so by upholding the legality of “mandatory arbitration” clauses with class action waiver provisions. These provisions allow employers to circumvent the courts by forcing workers into closed-door proceedings where the deck is … Continue reading “Statement of Joan Graff on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis”

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Fresno Bee Covers LAAW’s efforts to End Courthouse Immigration Arrests

Staff attorney Marisa Díaz discusses LAAW's efforts, in conjunction with former Presidents of the California State Bar, retired judges, dozens of civil and immigrants’ rights groups, law professors, and many others to get California to adopt a statewide rule barring courthouse immigration arrests.

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The Daily Journal Covers LAAW’s efforts to end Courthouse Immigration Arrests

The Daily Journal (subscription required) discusses LAAW's Proposed Statewide rule to end courthouse immigration arrests in California and its impact on public safety and access to justice.

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Elizabeth Kristen explains at Slate.com on how “men’s rights” groups are twisting anti-discrimination laws to harm women

When men sue women’s empowerment organizations for gender discrimination. Is the law on their side?

LAAW attorney Elizabeth Kristen emphatically says no: Targeting women’s empowerment events is an abuse of the law and part of the larger attack on the civil rights of vulnerable people that the Unruh Act was designed to protect, said Elizabeth Kristen, director of Gender Equity and LGBT Rights Program at Legal Aid at Work and an expert on gender discrimination. “They are using the Unruh Act as a sword.” And Kristen says not all of these lawsuits are the same.

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