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Seeking justice at 90: A veteran’s quest

More than six decades after the U.S Air Force discharged her without warning, Helen James is still seeking the honors she earned. Helen entered the military in 1952 as a radio operator on a base in Roslyn, N.Y., following in the footsteps of her father, who had served in the Army. No one talked in … Continue reading “Seeking justice at 90: A veteran’s quest”

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Safeguarding civil and workplace rights: Our summer lecture series highlights the work at hand

As groups across California and the United States work to shore up essential civil and workplace rights that have been established over the past 50 years, our annual lecture series is more timely than ever. The series launches June 13 at our office on Montgomery Street in San Francisco with a talk on how diverse … Continue reading “Safeguarding civil and workplace rights: Our summer lecture series highlights the work at hand”

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In veterans’ supportive housing, homeless women need gender-specific options

This Memorial Day, let’s honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country, by caring for veterans who survived but carry scars from their service. One veteran we’ve worked with, whom I’ll call “Laura” in this post, was sexually assaulted while in the Army. As a result, she grapples with post-traumatic stress, and she became … Continue reading “In veterans’ supportive housing, homeless women need gender-specific options”

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Press Releases

Governor signs law granting leave for child care emergencies

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 579, authored by state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), which extends job protections to parents who take leave for child care emergencies or for visits to evaluate or enroll their children in school or care.  “Parents need assurance they will not lose their job when they must miss work … Continue reading “Governor signs law granting leave for child care emergencies”

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Governor Brown Signs Nation’s Strongest Pay Equity Bill into Law

In a significant step forward for fair pay in California and across the country, today Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act. The new law will give the state the strongest equal pay law in the nation, and help a close a gender wage gap costing households in California more than … Continue reading “Governor Brown Signs Nation’s Strongest Pay Equity Bill into Law”

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LAS-ELC Adds Workers’ Rights Clinic in East Palo Alto

On October 7th, LAS-ELC will add East Palo Alto to its roster of Workers’ Rights Clinic sites, allowing greater numbers of low-wage workers in California to get free help with urgent workplace problems. In partnership with Stanford Law School, the East Palo Alto site will be staffed by law student counselors from Stanford Law School who … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Adds Workers’ Rights Clinic in East Palo Alto”

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In The Media

Workers Claim SF-Based Babysitting Service Stiffs Sitters

Senior Staff Attorney Carole Vigne spoke with KPIX on how workers could respond in this situation.
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San Francisco requires clean space for breastfeeding workers

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Cities, States Deliver Paid Leave so Survivors Can ‘Get Safe’

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