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The SF Chronicle Discusses LAAW’s Recent Settlement on Behalf of Transgender Police Officer

The San Francisco Chronicle covers LAAW and the Impact Fund's recent settlement with the City and County of San Francisco on behalf of a transgender police officer who experienced repeated harassment on-the-job. In addition to payments, "[h]uman resources investigators will take two hours of training on proper investigation of claims by transgender and gender non-conforming people, including 'the importance of enforcing policies on use of chosen names and pronouns; and the negative effects of misgendering.'"
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Mary Jo Shartsis, 1942-2021

We mourn the loss of our cherished Board member and leader, who died on January 2nd, 2021. Mary Jo Shartsis, who was a litigation partner at Shartsis Friese for much of her career, was a force bringing vitality, energy, and vision to Legal Aid at Work and other institutions fortunate enough to have her involvement. … Continue reading “Mary Jo Shartsis, 1942-2021”

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Millions of California Workers to Start 2021 Without Paid Sick Days

Advocates Call on the State Legislature to Take Action as Federal and State Paid Leave Laws Expire

Sacramento, California—On January 1, 2021, millions of California workers will lose access to emergency paid sick days during a surge in COVID-19 cases. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and other federal and state laws that extended paid time off in 2020 are set to expire at midnight on December 31, leaving many working … Continue reading “Millions of California Workers to Start 2021 Without Paid Sick Days”

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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 Francisco Police Department, began his gender-affirming transition more than fifteen years ago. In 2006, after eleven years with the Department, he came out in his workplace as transgender and requested to be addressed by his chosen name “Flint” and with male pronouns. Over the next fourteen … Continue reading “Impact Fund and Legal Aid at Work Settle Workplace Harassment Claims of Transgender San Francisco Police Sergeant”

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Covid-19 Update: Legal Information for Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Many workers have questions about how the Coronavirus outbreak will affect their jobs and income.  For questions about how to get time off from work for reasons related to COVID-19 and income when you are not working (whether you are ill, caring for another, or have had your hours cut), tap the green button below … Continue reading “Covid-19 Update: Legal Information for Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic”

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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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