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WWII Veteran Receives Honorable Discharge from the Army with LAAW’s Assistance, 75 Years After Being Kicked out Because he was Black

After fighting for decades, Legal Aid at Work Client Nelson Henry, 96, finally received the honorable discharge he was denied several decades ago when he was given a “blue discharge” because of his race.
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Elizabeth Kristen Discusses the Lack of LGBT Workplace Protections in an Article by the Center for Public Integrity

Elizabeth Kristen discusses the lack of protections for LGBT workers nationwide and the related upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case on this issue in an article by the Center for Public Integrity (co-published by the Columbus Dispatch).  
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Announcing the Pregnancy + My Job Roadmap & Guide

  We are thrilled to announce that our newly created Pregnancy + My Job: A Roadmap and Guide are now available online and to order! Welcoming a new child into your home is already stressful enough; figuring out your rights to take time off work and get paid during that time shouldn’t be. These easy-to-navigate materials … Continue reading “Announcing the Pregnancy + My Job Roadmap & Guide”

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Carole Vigne Quoted in the Guardian Regarding Labor Trafficking Abuses Foreign “Cultural Exchange Students” Often Experience

The Director of LAAW's Wage Protection Program Carole Vigne was quoted in the Guardian about the exploitation that foreign "cultural exchange" participants often experience: "the lack of government oversight, the age of participants as well as potential cultural and language barriers conspire to 'increase the vulnerability' of members of the Summer Work Travel program." 
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Giving Girls a Playbook for Gender Equity On and Off the Field

The U.S. women’s national soccer team is racking up goals in France, hurtling past its opponents, and heading toward a record fourth World Cup victory on July 7. The team also faces the formidable opponent of gender inequity, like the unfairness millions of girls encounter each day in school and community sports. Our super star … Continue reading “Giving Girls a Playbook for Gender Equity On and Off the Field”

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5 things workers should know about possible ICE arrests

Last week President Donald Trump tweeted that Immigration and Custom Enforcement, or ICE, will soon begin “the process of removing” millions of undocumented immigrants from the country. A few days ago Trump postponed this ICE operation. While the threat of possible ICE arrests remains, this is a good time for workers to prepare for possible … Continue reading “5 things workers should know about possible ICE arrests”

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Recognition and Respect

Today, more girls and women than ever before are participating in high school and college sports. Sports benefit physical and mental health, and also teach girls important life skills – team work, goal-setting, perseverance, the value of hard work. Girls who participate in high school sports do better on tests, graduate at higher rates, and … Continue reading “Recognition and Respect”

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LAAW Attorney Stacy Villalobos Comments on EEOC Investigation Backlog in Vox Article

Staff Attorney Stacy Villalobos comments on the issue of the lack of full investigations by the EEOC into workplace discrimination.  https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/6/14/18663296/congress-eeoc-workplace-discrimination

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LAAW’s Efforts to Fight Gender Discrimination in Hawaiʻi Covered by KITV

LAAW's efforts to fight against unfair treatment of girls at Campbell High School in Hawaiʻi is covered by KITV. The lawsuit alleges that Hawaiʻi's Department of Education has committed multiple violations of federal civil rights law by denying girls at Campbell the same athletic opportunities, treatment, and benefits that it provides boys—such as providing fewer teams to girls, inferior locker room space, and subpar competition facilities. The lawsuit followed approximately ten months of attempts by the ACLU of Hawai‘i to get DOE to voluntarily improve the way it treats girls, as required by federal law.
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