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The Philadelphia Inquirer Covers LAAW’s Advocacy for 95-year Old Black Veteran in Trying to Rectify Decades-old Wrong

The story discusses how our client, Nelson Henry, was kicked out of the Army in 1945 with a "blue discharge." Blue discharges were used to deny minority service members (primarily African-Americans and Lesbian and Gay service members) their hard-earned benefits after they had served this country so honorably.
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Alexis Alvarez speaks with KSPC 88.7 fm on Disability Awareness Day

Senior Staff Attorney Alexis Alvarez spoke with KSPC 88.7 about her disability rights work, and about the barriers and other issues that persons with disabilities face every day in the fight for equal treatment.
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This Equal Pay Day, Support Equal Pay for Equal Play!

This year on Equal Pay Day, women in California are fighting for pay equality in athletics.  Equal Pay for Equal Play (California AB 467), introduced by Members Boerner Horvath and Gonzalez, would mandate equal prize pools for men and women in sports competitions taking place on public lands. This bill would remedy gender inequality in surf … Continue reading “This Equal Pay Day, Support Equal Pay for Equal Play!”

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Fair Play For Girls in Sports Program Honored by the California State Assembly

Legal Aid at Work’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports project was honored to receive an award at a Joint Informational Hearing of the California Assembly’s Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and  Internet Media and the Higher Education Committee on March 25, 2019. The Committee Chairs, the Honorable Kansen Chu and the Honorable Jose … Continue reading “Fair Play For Girls in Sports Program Honored by the California State Assembly”

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At 95, Black Army Veteran Seeks the Honorable Discharge he Was Denied After WWII Because of his Race

Philadelphia, PA (March 12, 2019) — Legal Aid at Work and the Veterans’ Legal Advocacy Clinic at Golden Gate University School of Law have filed a petition on behalf of 95-year-old army veteran Nelson Henry to rectify a seven-decade-old wrong: his receipt of a racially discriminatory “blue discharge” after World War II because he was … Continue reading “At 95, Black Army Veteran Seeks the Honorable Discharge he Was Denied After WWII Because of his Race”

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“No Indians”: LAAW’s Complaint against a Bay Area solar company that refused to work with customers of “Indian or Middle Eastern” descent was covered in the San Jose Mercury News

Legal Aid at Work and co-counsel Beth Mora's lawsuit against a San Leandro solar company that refused to work with customers of "Indian or Middle Eastern" descent was covered in the San Jose Mercury News. The story also discusses a parallel lawsuit against the company being brought by the EEOC regarding the same conduct.
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EEOC and Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Bay Area Solar Company Over Policy of Refusing to Do Business with Customers Whose Names “Sounded Middle Eastern or Indian”

San Francisco, CA (March 7, 2019)—A Bay Area woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today, alleging that her former employer had a policy of refusing to do business with customers that it believed to be of Middle Eastern or Indian origin, and that it required her to carry it out. Ayesha Faiz was a … Continue reading “EEOC and Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Bay Area Solar Company Over Policy of Refusing to Do Business with Customers Whose Names “Sounded Middle Eastern or Indian””

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SF-Based The Melt Fires Disabled Immigrant Worker After She Reported Ongoing Sexual Harassment by her Supervisor

SAN FRANCISCO (February 21, 2019) — Legal Aid at Work has filed a lawsuit against The Melt on behalf of Genesis Cifuentes, a disabled crew member who was fired after she reported ongoing sexual harassment and abuse at the California-based restaurant chain. The Complaint filed February 20 alleges the harassment began when Ms. Cifuentes was … Continue reading “SF-Based The Melt Fires Disabled Immigrant Worker After She Reported Ongoing Sexual Harassment by her Supervisor”

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The New York Times Discusses LAAW’s Partnership with the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund to Combat Sex Harassment

The New York Times quotes attorney Katie Wutchiett regarding LAAW's partnership with the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund to end sexual harassment of low-wage workers.
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