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California Orders Prominent Burger King Franchise Owners to Pay Workers $2.2 Million in Stolen Wages and Penalties

SAN FRANCISCO – In a much-anticipated decision, 230 workers must be paid over $2.2 million in stolen wages and penalties, according to a decision issued by the California Labor Commissioner’s office. The decision comes after a 13-day hearing between April and June 2022, during which eight former employees testified about the onerous and unlawful working … Continue reading «California Orders Prominent Burger King Franchise Owners to Pay Workers $2.2 Million in Stolen Wages and Penalties»

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Sharon Terman Highlights Important New Protections under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which will go into effect at the end of June, pregnant workers will have the right to reasonable accommodations like sitting on a stool or getting help with heavy lifting. In this HuffPost piece, Sharon Terman highlights the importance of pregnancy accommodations, which California law already requires, to allow pregnant workers to stay healthy and keep their jobs.
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Two LAAW Staff Members Recognized with New Titles for their Dedicated Service

Legal Aid at Work is proud to announce that two staff members have attained senior status in their positions in recognition of their accumulated knowledge, expertise, and years of service.  Their longstanding dedication strengthens our organization’s ability to respond to unlawful acts in the workplace suffered by our clients and their communities. Their names and … Continue reading «Two LAAW Staff Members Recognized with New Titles for their Dedicated Service»

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Katie Wutchiett Quoted in LA Times Article About New Worker Protections to Look Out for in 2023

Among the new laws, Katie discussed SB 951, which will increase Disability and Paid Family Leave benefit rates to 90% of regular wages for middle and low-wage workers, which will especially help “Black, Latine, and female” low-wage Californians.”
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Artists Speak On Mistreatment and Wage Theft at Former Ghost Town

In this Article, LAAW's Kim Ouillette discusses how workers can still assert their rights even without a written contract in the context of allegations by several artists that they faced exploitative conditions while working on-site for their employer in rural California.
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CalMatters Highlights Latest Study Showing Women Less Likely to Leave Jobs With Access to Paid Family Leave

“Generally, folks are very concerned about how they can make sure that they keep their jobs. They have a spouse who's facing a long term disability and will be out of work, they might be the sole source of income for their family for the first time, making it all that more important that they're able to keep their job." — Katherine Wutchiett
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Davis Youth Softball Association and LAAW Reach Settlement with City of Davis that Promotes Gender Equity for Girls in Sports

The article highlights a settlement between the Davis Youth Softball Association and the City of Davis, backed by Legal Aid at Work and the California Women Law Center. With the settlement, LAAW’s Elizabeth Kristen said, "They’re going to do everything, from things that seem small, like access to drinking water, to bigger improvements like dugout improvements, adding more shade and creating better storage.”
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LGBTQ Veterans Still Feeling Harms from Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Veterans’ Day, November 11, is a time for us to reflect on the service of our nation’s veterans.  One group of veterans often overlooked are LGBTQ veterans who were discharged because of the government’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and previous policies that excluded people from service based on their sexual orientation.  While the formal … Continue reading «LGBTQ Veterans Still Feeling Harms from Don’t Ask Don’t Tell»

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Recent Improvements in California Family and Medical Leave Laws

In the last few years, California has passed several laws improving families’ access to time off and pay to address serious health conditions or bond with a new child.  These laws have expanded who can take leave, how much they will get paid while on leave, what reasons they can take leave for, and which … Continue reading «Recent Improvements in California Family and Medical Leave Laws»

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