Below are just a few recent examples of how we have been “putting justice to work” for low-wage workers, their families, and communities.
Helping to Meet the Unprecedented Need Caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic
In response to Covid-19, we quickly pivoted to a new “virtual” clinic model and, in just a few short months, provided free legal advice and information on rapidly changing issues to 3,000+ low-wage workers whose lives were thrown into chaos by the pandemic.
Combatting Structural Racism and Oppression
We continue to fight against structural racism by removing barriers to employment to persons with conviction histories. For example, we were able to successfully negotiate with an employer to hire a 59-year old African American man who was initially rejected from his position as a hospital porter simply because of an irrelevant 11-year-old conviction.
Securing Justice for Victims of Wage Theft
We, along with co-counsel Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus and Centro Legal de la Raza, helped secure a $1.3 million dollar settlement for kitchen workers at Burma Superstar who came together to challenge their employer’s wage theft.
Advocating for Transgender Workers
We helped a transgender worker in San Francisco who was repeatedly misgendered and harassed on the job. We and co-counsel at the Impact Fund obtained a $150,000 settlement and powerful injunctive relief to prevent similar harassment.
Making Paid Family Leave Truly Accessible for Low-Wage Workers
We have shaped and helped lead the charge for legislation that makes paid family leave more accessible to low-wage workers in California, including the recent successful expansion of the Paid Family Leave program from six to eight weeks.
Fighting for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
We continue fighting for disabled workers in the Central Valley, like Yolanda, whose case we are litigating and who was fired from her 20-year-long job at California’s largest beef producer when she took medical leave to undergo treatment for breast cancer.
Ensuring Equal Athletic Opportunities for Girls
Through a landmark Title IX settlement with Oakland Unified School District, we helped ensure that 15,000+ girls, the vast majority of which are low-income girls of color, will have the same access to athletic opportunities as boys.
Securing Protections for Immigrant Workers
We helped protect and expand the employment rights of immigrants, like our client Ayesha, an Afghan woman who was instructed by her employer to refuse to do business with customers whose names “sounded Middle Eastern or Indian.” With the help of the EEOC and Mora Employment Law, we secured her a large financial award and put in place a monitoring program that will prevent the employer from engaging in similar future misconduct.