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Settlement of Harassment Lawsuit on Behalf of Transgender San Francisco Police Sergeant Featured in Bay Area Reporter

The Bay Area Reporter covered LAAW and the Impact Fund's landmark settlement of a workplace harassment lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco. The case was brought on behalf of transgender San Francisco Police Department Sergeant Flint Paul, who was repeatedly misgendered and otherwise harassed at work.
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Impact Fund and Legal Aid at Work Settle Workplace Harassment Claims of Transgender San Francisco Police Sergeant

Sergeant Flint Paul, a career officer with the San Fran … Continue reading “Impact Fund and Legal Aid at Work Settle Workplace Harassment Claims of Transgender San Francisco Police Sergeant”

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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 transge … 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 … Continue reading “Today is Latina Equal Pay Day!”

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Honoring Intersex Awareness Day

Today, October 26, is Intersex Awareness Day. People wh … Continue reading “Honoring Intersex Awareness Day”

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