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Legal Aid at Work Blog

We’re improving the working lives of parents

The Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition, directed by LAS-ELC, has led employers to improve policies covering thousands of San Francisco workers and their families. We’ve done this by showing employers the benefits of strong policies for pregnancy and parental leave, breastfeeding accommodation, and work-life balance — and honoring those that support families with our annual awards of excellence. On … Continue reading “We’re improving the working lives of parents”

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44 years on, Title IX still expanding

Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which guarantees equal opportunities for women and girls in all federally funded programs, was signed into law 44 years ago today. It is most often associated with the fight for gender equity in college athletics, but its impact has been felt across the spectrum from education access to employment. Title … Continue reading “44 years on, Title IX still expanding”

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EEOC hears report on effectiveness of harassment training

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s special task force on harassment, which included Senior Staff Attorney Christopher Ho with Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, recommends that EEOC “reboot” its prevention efforts. The EEOC heard expert testimony on June 20 in Washington, D.C., about preventing harassment of all kinds in the workplace. The task force, which formed in January 2015, included attorneys … Continue reading “EEOC hears report on effectiveness of harassment training”

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Press Releases

Mayor Lee Signs Equal Pay Ordinance, Advancing Gender Equity in San Francisco

For Immediate Release           December 22, 2014 Contact: Cynthia Foster, Equal Rights Advocates, cfoster [at] equalrights.orgSara Feldman, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, sfeldman [at] las-elc.org, 415-593-0071 Mayor Lee Signs Equal Pay Ordinance, Advancing Gender Equity in San Francisco In a significant step forward for gender equity in San Francisco, on Friday Mayor Edwin Lee signed into … Continue reading “Mayor Lee Signs Equal Pay Ordinance, Advancing Gender Equity in San Francisco”

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Did You Work at Pier 1 in California While Pregnant?

The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is representing Kimberly Erin Caselman, in a class action alleging Ms. Caselman was forced onto unpaid leave after requesting pregnancy accommodations at her job at Pier 1 Imports.   

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LAS-ELC Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Pier 1 Imports for Pregnancy Discrimination

(San Jose, CA. April 16, 2014) Today, LAS-ELC filed a class action lawsuit in Santa Clara Superior Court against Pier 1 Imports, Inc. alleging pregnancy discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Kimberly Erin Caselman, the named plaintiff in this case, alleges she was denied reasonable accommodations for her pregnancy and was … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Pier 1 Imports for Pregnancy Discrimination”

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In The Media

Indonesian fishermen tell of being trafficked before SF escape

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Fishermen file human trafficking suit against ship captain

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A century later, Legal Aid employment work still on cutting edge

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