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LA Times Article Featuring Katie Wutchiett Explains How the New COVID-19 Sick Pay Law Works

LAAW Staff Attorney Katie Wutchiett discusses how workers can access COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Days, recently enacted into law in California and retroactive to Jan. 1, 2022. “[I]t’s important for workers to know that they can use the two banks of 40 hours in whatever order they choose and do not need to exhaust one bank before switching to the other.”
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KQED interviews Alexx Campbell about Excessive Delays in the Labor Commissioner Process for Low-Wage Workers

The article discusses how the delays hurt workers, many of whom wait years to receive their hard-earned wages, and makes it harder to recover money for their claims.
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LAist Explains with LAAW’s help What Rights Parents Have When they Need Time Off to Care for Sick Kids

LAAW Attorney Katie Wutchiett speaks to LAist to help explain relevant laws and programs available to parents when they need paid and job-protected time off of work to care for an ill child in this detailed article.
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Katie Wutchiett Discusses with the LA Times the New Deal Reached Between Governor Newsom the Legislature on COVID-19 Sick Pay

As Katie told the newspaper, “This supplemental paid leave is what has allowed workers to stay home while sick and keep sick children at home without having to worry about being fired or losing their income.” . . . “People need COVID leave for so many reasons right now — for themselves, for vaccination, or to care for kids who are sent home following an exposure or school closure.”
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Prominent SF Burger King Franchise Cited for $1.9 Million for Stolen Wages and Labor Law Violations, Additional $800,000 Assessment for Health Care Violations

SAN FRANCISCO – More than 230 people who worked at five Burger King restaurants in San Francisco are waiting for millions of dollars owed to them after more than a year and a half. The California Labor Commissioner’s Office issued a $1.9 million citation in June 2020, during the middle of the pandemic, for wages … Continue reading “Prominent SF Burger King Franchise Cited for $1.9 Million for Stolen Wages and Labor Law Violations, Additional $800,000 Assessment for Health Care Violations”

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Lauren Romero Highlights Gender Pay Gap in Sports in Daily Californian Op-Ed

In an op-ed for the Daily Californian, law clerk Lauren Romero examines the narrowing gender pay gap in professional sports, and the vital roles litigation and policy can play in making sports more equitable. "Creating equitable conditions in sports will take a combination of new legislation, strategic litigation and the increase of social pressures demanding equity in media coverage and in pay. My background in sports and activism led me to pursue my profession at organizations such as Legal Aid at Work and Skate Like a Girl."
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Five LAAW Staff Members Recognized with New Titles for their Dedicated Service

Legal Aid at Work is proud to announce that several staff members have attained senior status in their positions in recognition of their accumulated knowledge, expertise, and years of service.  Their longstanding dedication strengthens our organization’s ability to respond to unlawful acts in the workplace suffered by our clients and their communities. Their names and … Continue reading “Five LAAW Staff Members Recognized with New Titles for their Dedicated Service”

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A Veteran Reflects on the 10-Year Anniversary of DADT Repeal

September 20, 2021 marks the ten-year anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). The policy was enacted on February 28, 1994 and banned openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual people from military service. By the time it was formally repealed on September 20, 2011, DADT had resulted in the discharge of an estimated … Continue reading “A Veteran Reflects on the 10-Year Anniversary of DADT Repeal”

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LGBTQ+ Veterans Still Suffer Harms From “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Ten Years After Repeal

September 20 marks the tenth anniversary of Congress’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), but the legacy of that discriminatory policy and its predecessors continues to exact harm. Under DADT, the United States Armed Forces prohibited openly bisexual, lesbian, and gay people from serving in the military. Precursor policies dating back to the 1940’s … Continue reading “LGBTQ+ Veterans Still Suffer Harms From “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Ten Years After Repeal”

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