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Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision

Today’s five-to-four Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME  overturns  40 years of settled law.  The decision, aiming to disempower workers in public workplaces, has nothing to do with compelled speech.  It has everything to do with using the First Amendment as a weapon to deprive public employees of power.  As Justice Kagan eloquently put … Continue reading “Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision”

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Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Upholding President Trump’s Muslim Ban

Five Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Trump’s Muslim Ban to go into effect this morning, refusing to acknowledge the Order for what it plainly is: scarcely disguised Islamophobia in service of cynical political ends. The President’s contempt for those whose skin color and religion are different from his own is palpable, betrays our … Continue reading “Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Upholding President Trump’s Muslim Ban”

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46 Years After Title IX, Girls Still Don’t Have Equal Rights on the Playing Field

Boys on Castle Park High School’s baseball team played and practiced on a well-maintained baseball field, with state-of-the-art batting cages, cinderblock dugouts, and a bullpen. But girls on the softball team didn’t have any of that. Instead, they were forced to maintain their own field (without the equipment to do so), fundraise to build their … Continue reading “46 Years After Title IX, Girls Still Don’t Have Equal Rights on the Playing Field”

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Press Releases

Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition Receives National Recognition, 6th Annual Awards Program Launched

San Francisco (August 29, 2018)— The National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW) presented a 2018 Achievement Award to the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and its partners in the Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition, including the Department of Public Health and Legal Aid at Work. “I am thrilled to receive this prestigious … Continue reading “Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition Receives National Recognition, 6th Annual Awards Program Launched”

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Female Athletes Reach Agreement with Baldwin Park Unified School District in Title IX Case

(Baldwin Park, CA) – Sierra Vista High School in the Baldwin Park Unified School District has agreed to important changes that will level the playing field by providing equal athletic opportunities, treatment and benefits for its female athletes. Title IX requires gender equity in education, including in athletics.  Although Title IX has been the law … Continue reading “Female Athletes Reach Agreement with Baldwin Park Unified School District in Title IX Case”

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LAAW, Joined by Prominent Attorneys and Immigrants’ Rights Advocates, Seeks a Statewide Rule Barring Courthouse Immigration Arrests in California

SAN FRANCISCO (August 1, 2018) —Legal Aid at Work, joined by former Presidents of the California State Bar, retired judges, dozens of civil and immigrants’ rights groups, law professors, and many others, has applied for a proposed statewide courthouse rule that would block immigration agents from arresting persons for civil immigration violations in California’s courtrooms. … Continue reading “LAAW, Joined by Prominent Attorneys and Immigrants’ Rights Advocates, Seeks a Statewide Rule Barring Courthouse Immigration Arrests in California”

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In The Media

KQED Covers our Efforts to Ensure “Fair Play for Girls in Sports” in Oakland

Elizabeth Kristen discusses on KQED how Oakland's disproportionate cutting of girls' sports is both immoral and illegal: “[B]alancing the budget on the backs of girls sends a terrible message. It tells girls they are second-class citizens,” And it's against the law. This is a classic story of sex discrimination”
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The LA Times Discusses LAAW’s efforts to End Courthouse Immigration Arrests

"Retired judges, law professors and activists working with the nonprofit Legal Aid at Work have proposed a broader statewide courthouse rule to be considered by the Judicial Council of California in the fall. The rule would block any civil arrests inside courthouses, saying they are and should be 'places where anyone can come to seek help or to testify without fear.'"
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LAAW Client Helen James’s fight for justice is recognized by the National Air and Space Museum

Helen James's story about being kicked out of the Air Force in disgrace for being a lesbian during the Lavender Scare, and how she was finally able to obtain the honorable discharge she deserved just days short of her 91st birthday with the assistance of LAAW, is now on display at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
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