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Molly Lao Selected for Skadden Fellowship with Legal Aid at Work

Molly Lao, currently a third-year law student a Berkeley Law and formerly a law clerk with Legal Aid at Work, was just selected to be a Skadden Fellow with Legal Aid at Work. During her two-year, fully funded fellowship, Molly will establish a medical-legal-social services partnership in Fresno with a local one-stop resource and community health center in order to provide employment representation for formerly incarcerated individuals with disabilities. We are very exited to welcome Molly back to Legal Aid at Work and are incredibly grateful to the the Skadden Fellowship Foundation for making this work possible.
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Say Their Names: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we mourn the transgender and gender non-conforming people who have been killed in 2020. As we remember these remarkable individuals, we also condemn the sweeping discrimination and violence facing the transgender community and Black and Latinx transgender women in particular. With the memories of those we have lost in mind, … Continue reading “Say Their Names: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020”

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Alexx Campbell and Daniela Urban Discuss Delays in Unemployment Benefits Appeals Process with the SF Chronicle

Due to "widely criticized bottlenecks in processing unemployment applications during the pandemic deluge," the Employment Development Department (EDD) has been slow to send denial notices to Californians seeking unemployment compensation, significantly delaying critical appeals processes for those who are wrongfully denied benefits. Due to delays, many applicants are not being paid or receiving their determination notices. "'They are sitting in limbo,' said Daniela Urban." Furthermore, those who have been through the appeals process note that the process is fairly "cumbersome." "'All the correspondence is through the mail or by fax,' said Alexx Campbell, a staff attorney at Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco. 'Most people don’t have access to a fax machine. It’s quite miserable for people.'"
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LAAW’s George Warner Discusses How Many Workers’ Status as Employees Was not Affected by Prop 22 in the San Francisco Chronicle

The recent passage of Prop 22 in California has allowed Uber, Lyft, and other companies to override California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which was passed last year to extend employee classification to gig workers, allowing these companies to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. LAAW attorney George Warner clarifies that many occupations are still governed by AB5, despite Prop 22's passing. "AB5 has [a] particular effect on service sector jobs. 'All sorts of low-wage industries have misclassification issues,' said George Warner, an attorney with the wage protection program at Legal Aid at Work. 'Prop. 22 won’t affect those industries.'"
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Temple University features Elizabeth Kristen’s work helping Black WWII veteran upgrade his discriminatory “blue discharge”

Temple University highlights LAAW's Elizabeth Kristen's work to help Nelson Henry Jr., an African American WWII veteran, upgrade his discriminatory "blue discharge" to an honorable discharge. "Between 1941 and 1945, more than 48,000 soldiers—many of them Black or LGBTQIA+—were given a blue discharge...[which] left a stain on veterans’ records that discouraged employers from hiring them." Mr. Henry passed away earlier this year due to complications caused by COVID-19.
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Today is Latina Equal Pay Day!

Today, October 29, 2020, is Latina Equal Pay Day. This date marks the day when Latinas will have finally earned the same amount of money that a white man would have earned last year.  Because a Latina woman earns just 54.5 cents on every dollar a white man earns, it takes a Latina woman 671 … Continue reading “Today is Latina Equal Pay Day!”

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Honoring Intersex Awareness Day

Today, October 26, is Intersex Awareness Day. People who are intersex are born with variations in their sex traits or reproductive anatomy or develop variations at some point in their lives. The day commemorates a demonstration in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics on October 26, 1996, the first known … Continue reading “Honoring Intersex Awareness Day”

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Press Release: California Class Action Alleges that Uber is Illegally Coercing Drivers to Support Prop 22

Over 200,000 Drivers Unlawfully Pressured to Support Ballot Measure

San Francisco – A class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco today accuses Uber of illegally exploiting its economic power over its California-based drivers by pressuring them to support the Yes on Prop 22 campaign in violation of the drivers’ century-old right to be free from political coercion in the workplace. A copy of the … Continue reading “Press Release: California Class Action Alleges that Uber is Illegally Coercing Drivers to Support Prop 22”

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Elizabeth Kristen talks to Ms. Magazine about California’s Prohibition of “No Rehire” Clauses

Elizabeth Kristen, Director of LAAW's Gender Equity and LGBTQ Rights program, discusses the importance of California's 2019 ban on "no rehire" clauses, which prohibits departing employees from seeking future employment with an employer or an employer’s related entities. “'It was awful to have clients sign these because they could basically be locked out of an entire industry,' says Kristen. 'It has been very helpful to have really clear guidance on no-rehire clauses because it was so bad for workers in low-wage jobs and so potentially retaliatory.'”
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