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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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Legal Resources for Workers Affected by the Camp and Woolsey Wildfires

  When government officials declare that a situation is a disaster, certain specific benefits become available to workers. But many of workers’ existing rights also can be helpful in the event of a disaster — including the rights to sick leave, family medical leave, disability insurance, and workers’ compensation. Read our fact sheet about Workers’ … Continue reading “Legal Resources for Workers Affected by the Camp and Woolsey Wildfires”

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Yet Another Reminder of Why We Do this Work

  Just in time for this year’s Annual Fund Campaign, we have yet another example of how we’re #PuttingJusticetoWork: One of our clinic students from UC Irvine School of law, Jier Dong, just won 100% of his appeal for our client, Marie! This decision not only secures a crucial economic lifeline for this single mother … Continue reading “Yet Another Reminder of Why We Do this Work”

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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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Reserve Your Spot for the October 30 Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards!

Join us for the annual Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards ceremony, which will take place on October 30, 2018!  Please reserve your spot here. This year’s Award Ceremony will feature advocates for health and equity, including Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember David Chiu, and employer and employee representatives from Bi-Rite, PG&E, Healthy Horizons and YouAppi, who will … Continue reading “Reserve Your Spot for the October 30 Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards!”

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LAAW and the California Breastfeeding Coalition Vow to Continue the Fight for Workplace Equity for New Parents

We were deeply disappointed to learn that Governor Brown vetoed our lactation accommodations bill, SB937, that had strong statewide support from various partners and grassroots breastfeeding coalitions who assist parents on a daily basis in overcoming workplace barriers to breastfeeding. SB937 would have made critical improvements in existing law—improvements that unfortunately are not included in … Continue reading “LAAW and the California Breastfeeding Coalition Vow to Continue the Fight for Workplace Equity for New Parents”

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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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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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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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