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Moms Work to Improve Lactation Accommodations for Others

Breastfeeding has health advantages for the baby and for the lactating parent. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed for about the first 6 months, and now supports continued breastfeeding up to 2 years and beyond. However, many parents are forced to choose between breastfeeding and their career. … Continue reading “Moms Work to Improve Lactation Accommodations for Others”

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What the Supreme Court’s Dobbs Decision Means for LGBTQ+ Rights

*By Cirrus Jahangiri The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn federal constitutional abortion protections found in Roe v. Wade has the LGBTQ+ community alarmed that their rights are in jeopardy. As we transition through this new America, it is imperative to discuss the intersection of reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights … Continue reading “What the Supreme Court’s Dobbs Decision Means for LGBTQ+ Rights”

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San Francisco is now the First City in the Nation to Grant Working Families the Right to Workplace Accommodations to Help with Family Caregiving and Childcare

When Mariana asked her large fast food restaurant employer for a slight adjustment to her schedule so that she could pick up and drop off her child at a subsidized daycare, her employer said no. As a result, Mariana had to give up her child’s spot and Mariana ended up spending almost half of her … Continue reading “San Francisco is now the First City in the Nation to Grant Working Families the Right to Workplace Accommodations to Help with Family Caregiving and Childcare”

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KQED discusses with Katie Wutchiett why the CA Budget Needs to Increase Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance Payment Rates

“[I]t’s not humane or cost-efficient to force back to work new parents, folks who are sick or injured, or their family caregivers before they’re ready. . . . But by having a state disability insurance and paid family leave system that doesn’t provide enough income for families to live on, that’s exactly what we’re doing.”
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Hawaiʻi Public Radio Interviews LAAW’s Student Athlete Clients on the Anniversary of Title IX

LAAW client Ashley Badis notes that she is grateful to Patsky Mink and others who originally championed Title XI, noting that “I didn’t want [my sister] or any of the other students to have to go through what I did” in being denied equal access to athletic facilities and opportunities.
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This Father’s Day, We Should Make Caregiving Leave More Accessible by Passing SB 951

*By Amaya Ramsay-Malone When Alfonso’s baby daughter was born, he was told she needed to get blood tests performed every other day for two weeks straight. Feeling scared for his baby’s health and stressed about finding the time to care for her in such a crucial moment of her life, he requested that his employer … Continue reading “This Father’s Day, We Should Make Caregiving Leave More Accessible by Passing SB 951”

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LGBTQ+ Equal Pay Awareness Day Highlights Economic Disparity for LGBTQ+ People

* By Cirrus Jahangiri Today marks the second anniversary of LGBTQ+ Equal Pay Awareness Day—a day that recognizes the disparate wage gap for members of the LGBTQ+ community. We at Legal Aid at Work take this day to reflect on the concerning economic disparity affecting LGBTQ+ people. The Human Rights Campaign found that, in the … Continue reading “LGBTQ+ Equal Pay Awareness Day Highlights Economic Disparity for LGBTQ+ People”

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Katie Wutchiett Speaks with CalMatters about the Significant Delays Clients Are Experiencing Obtaining Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance

Staff attorney Katie Wutchiett describes the delays that workers have routinely faced with accessing benefits administered by the Employment Development Department. LAAW has "heard from folks who are having a hard time getting just that one-on-one, you know, ‘What is the answer to this question? I’m confused. I’m running out of money. What can I do?’”
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LAAW Honored with 2022 Gender Justice Award from the ACLU of Southern California

We are deeply honored Legal Aid at Work has been selected as the recipient of the ACLU of Southern California’s Gender Justice Award for 2022! The Award is being given in recognition of LAAW’s work as a partner to the ACLU Foundation of Southern California on the Atkinson v. AECOM case and for LAAW’s work … Continue reading “LAAW Honored with 2022 Gender Justice Award from the ACLU of Southern California”

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