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LAAW Co-hosting Walk-out & National Moment of Solidarity with Survivors of Sexual Assault on 9/24

At 10:00 a.m. Pacific on Monday, September 24, join Legal Aid at Work and scores of other civil rights organizations for a national walk-out to show our support for Dr. Blasey Ford in her efforts to obtain a full investigation into her allegations of sexual assault. All you need to do is wear black and walk out … Continue reading “LAAW Co-hosting Walk-out & National Moment of Solidarity with Survivors of Sexual Assault on 9/24”

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Your Rights Under the ADA—Free Webinar on August 28!

  Know Your Rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act!   Join Legal Aid at Work attorneys Alexis Alvarez and Rachael Langston for a FREE webinar on August 28, 2018 at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern). This webinar will provide an overview of Title II of the ADA and its requirements as they apply to public and … Continue reading “Your Rights Under the ADA—Free Webinar on August 28!”

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Announcing the 2018 Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards!

  We are proud to announce that applications are now available for the 6th Annual San Francisco Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards! The annual award recognizes San Francisco employers who voluntarily engage in policies and practices that support the well-being of working parents. Past awardees represent a diverse range of organizations in San Francisco, including technology … Continue reading “Announcing the 2018 Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards!”

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Press Releases

New Mother Sexually Harassed at Mojave Desert Military Base

ACLU and Legal Aid at Work Sue on Behalf of Employee Who Asked for Lactation Room

BARSTOW – When Jennifer Atkinson returned to work at a military base in the Mojave Desert after parental leave, she asked for a private room to pump breastmilk. It’s her right under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which says employers have to provide a room for that purpose. But she didn’t get one for several … Continue reading “New Mother Sexually Harassed at Mojave Desert Military Base”

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Santa Clara Unified School District to Resolve Title IX Concerns About Female Athletics

San Francisco, CA: Legal Aid at Work, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (Simpson Thacher) partnered with Santa Clara Unified School District to reach an agreement to resolve Title IX gender equality concerns affecting female athletes at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, CA. The agreement leads to significant changes that will continue to level … Continue reading “Santa Clara Unified School District to Resolve Title IX Concerns About Female Athletics”

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Female Athletes at Campbell High School in Hawai’i file federal civil rights lawsuit claiming unequal treatment of girls’ athletic programs

Class action lawsuit aims to end discrimination based on sex, stop illegal retaliation by school

HONOLULU: Today, two female student-athletes attending James Campbell High School (“Campbell”) filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (“DOE”) and the Oahu Interscholastic Association (“OIA”). The lawsuit is brought under Title IX, also known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, a federal law … Continue reading “Female Athletes at Campbell High School in Hawai’i file federal civil rights lawsuit claiming unequal treatment of girls’ athletic programs”

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In The Media

Elizabeth Kristen Speaks to Television Industry Leaders About Depictions of Military Sexual Assualt

Elizabeth Kristen spoke to leaders in the television industry in Los Angeles about military sexual trauma, its depiction in television and movies, and how it impacts veterans and servicemembers and their return to civilian life, including work. The event was written up in Variety.
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Our Appellate Win on Behalf of Immigrant Workers Featured the SF Chronicle

Our appellate victory today in the California Court of Appeals was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. We’re challenging the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s practice of screening out applicants for employment based on prior use of an invalid social security number (without conducting an individualized assessment as to the employee’s fitness for employment), arguing that this practice had a disparate impact on Latinos in violation of applicable civil rights laws. This is an important case for workers who may have used someone else’s social security number in the past for reasons that do not affect their current eligibility for employment—as often happens with individuals (like DREAMers) who came to this country as undocumented minors and who later obtained an immigration status that allows them to work.
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The Nation Discusses LAAW’s Efforts to End Courthouse Immigration Arrests

An article in The Nation discusses (and links to) our proposed statewide rule that would ban courthouse immigration arrests: "Immigrant-rights defenders have petitioned the Judicial Council of California to institute a new rule to prevent ICE intervention [in courthouses]. . ."'In addition to having a chilling effect, it makes it really difficult if not impossible to have meaningful access to due process in the courts.'" (quoting Grisel Ruiz of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center)
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