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Know Your Rights, No Matter What SCOTUS Decides

I was in New York last summer during WorldPride, celebrating fifty years since the Stonewall riots. Despite the rise in hate crimes over the previous three years, for a little bit, I could just celebrate how far we’d come.  One year later, I find myself checking the Supreme Court website for updates on three pending … Continue reading “Know Your Rights, No Matter What SCOTUS Decides”

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Burma Superstar Workers Win $1.3 Million-Dollar Class Action Settlement

ALAMEDA, CA (June 3, 2020)  – The Alameda Superior Court entered judgment yesterday approving a $1.3 million class action settlement between current and former kitchen employees of the popular Bay Area Burma Superstar restaurants, and the owners and operators of the local chain. The class is represented by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law … Continue reading “Burma Superstar Workers Win $1.3 Million-Dollar Class Action Settlement”

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Statement on the Murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and So Many Others

  Legal Aid at Work has fought for decades to vindicate the civil rights of communities of color generally and Black people in particular. Along with hundreds of millions of Americans, we grieve the violent deaths of George Floyd, an African-American man whom Minneapolis police officers killed on May 25, 2020, and Breonna Taylor, an … Continue reading “Statement on the Murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and So Many Others”

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Summer Speaker Series Event #1: “Employment Law in the COVID Era” on June 3, 2020

  Legal Aid at Work and Berkeley Law are proud to present the first in their 2020 Elizabeth Cabraser Summer Lecture Series on “Being a Lawyer in Pandemic Times: Perspectives from the Field.” This first event will be a discussion about Employment Law in the COVID Era, and will feature DecCarol Davis (Legal Aid at … Continue reading “Summer Speaker Series Event #1: “Employment Law in the COVID Era” on June 3, 2020″

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LAAW and Safety Net for All Coalition Call for More Support for Undocumented Workers through a Temporary Income Replacement Program in the LA Times

LAAW's Carole Vigne discusses administrative and technical struggles in California's recent program to provide a $500 one-time payment to undocumented immigrants in California. Legal Aid at Work, along with 100+ other organizations that make up the Safety Net for All Coalition, have led the way in pushing for a temporary income replacement program for undocumented workers. Fourteen legislators have signed on to support the inclusion of this initiative in the June budget, which would provide far greater support than offered by the current one-time payment program.
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Kim Ouillette Discusses the New CA Undocumented Workers Fund, and Highlights the Need for Additional Support

Kim Ouillette of the Wage Protection Program calls for additional funds for undocumented workers. Experts estimate that $125 million in relief funds announced in April are only enough to assist only 150,000 of the estimated 270,000 undocumented people who have lost work since the outbreak. She advocates for a supplemental program that would give $400 per week to undocumented individuals who have lost work during the crisis.
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Advocates Praise Governor Newsom’s Continued Dedication to Equitable Paid Family Leave in the May Revision of Budget

Sacramento, CA (May 14, 2020). Legal Aid at Work and the California Work & Family Coalition applaud Governor Newsom’s ongoing commitment to protecting the jobs and economic stability of Californians who need leave to care for themselves and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The May Revision of Governor Newsom’s budget announced today … Continue reading “Advocates Praise Governor Newsom’s Continued Dedication to Equitable Paid Family Leave in the May Revision of Budget”

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Remembering Nelson Henry

  Nelson Henry’s son Dean contacted me out of the blue one day after hearing about one of my clients, Helen James, on the Today Show.  Helen, a woman in her 90s, decided to challenge a bad discharge she received from the Air Force because of being a lesbian.  Dean was touched by the story … Continue reading “Remembering Nelson Henry”

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The U.S. Women’s Soccer Gender Equity Battle Mirrors the Struggle of Our Nation’s Girls

The players get to games through second-class travel, are denied equal training and medical support, use more dangerous, inferior facilities, and are under-promoted compared to their male peers, among a range of inequities. Sounds like the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team? Indeed, but this is also the daily plight of millions of girls across the … Continue reading “The U.S. Women’s Soccer Gender Equity Battle Mirrors the Struggle of Our Nation’s Girls”

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