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People with disabilities sue BART for discrimination

Legal Aid at Work teams with Disability Rights Advocates in class action seeking changes in policies, conditions

SAN FRANCISCO – A pair of advocacy groups and two people with disabilities filed a lawsuit today against BART alleging that it discriminates against people with mobility disabilities, effectively excluding them from the regional mass transit system. For people with disabilities, problems that may be familiar annoyances to most riders can create absolute barriers to … Continue reading “People with disabilities sue BART for discrimination”

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Workers at popular Mission Beach Cafe sue seeking basic wage and hour compliance

SAN FRANCISCO — Nine current and former employees of Mission Beach Café, where the line for brunch stretches around the corner most weekends, filed a lawsuit today alleging, among other things, that they are unable to cash their paychecks due to insufficient funds, they are not paid regularly, and they usually don’t receive pay stubs. … Continue reading “Workers at popular Mission Beach Cafe sue seeking basic wage and hour compliance”

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Athletes file gender discrimination class action over facilities, teams at Northern California high school

Title IX case seeks improvements in programs for girls at Red Bluff HS

SACRAMENTO (Tuesday, March 7) — Female athletes at Red Bluff High School are suing Red Bluff Joint Union High School District claiming that girls at the school do not receive the same athletic facilities, benefits and opportunities as their male counterparts. Their lawsuit, brought under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, says boys … Continue reading “Athletes file gender discrimination class action over facilities, teams at Northern California high school”

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New Board Members Join Legal Aid at Work

Formerly Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

Legal Aid at Work is honored to welcome three prominent lawyers as new members of its Board of Directors and to highlight one returning board member. These four trustees’ varied talents and backgrounds will be enormously helpful as we enter our second century of providing free legal services to low-income people and their families across … Continue reading “New Board Members Join Legal Aid at Work”

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Lawyers, social justice community urge rejection of ‘dangerous’ Attorney General nominee

Dozens of social justice lawyers and activists will gather at the San Francisco office of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today to urge her and her colleagues to reject President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be U.S. Attorney General. The attorneys and staff of Legal Aid at Work invite other … Continue reading “Lawyers, social justice community urge rejection of ‘dangerous’ Attorney General nominee”

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Prep cook files class action claiming popular Gordo Taqueria chain didn’t properly pay tips and overtime

Dec. 20, 2016, OAKLAND — A prep cook for Gordo Taqueria restaurants filed a class action lawsuit Friday on behalf of about 75 current and former workers for the popular chain, which operates in six locations in San Francisco and the East Bay, alleging it didn’t pay out tips to its employees or pay overtime … Continue reading “Prep cook files class action claiming popular Gordo Taqueria chain didn’t properly pay tips and overtime”

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Gender discrimination class action filed against Oregon district

DECEMBER 14, 2016 PORTLAND, ORE. — Students suing Lake Oswego School District near Portland over girls’ access to sports programs and facilities are seeking to expand their case to a class action and have brought in a nonprofit that has enforced Title IX in K-12 districts across California. The Fair Play project at Legal Aid … Continue reading “Gender discrimination class action filed against Oregon district”

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Legal Aid Testifies Before EEOC on Quality Improvement

Today, Wednesday, March 20th, Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Kristen testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about Legal Aid’s suggestions for the EEOC’s Quality Improvement Plan.  In her testimony, Elizabeth described a number of ways in which the EEOC could improve its intake, investigation, and conciliation processes for low-wage, immigrant and underrepresented workers.

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LAS-ELC and Partners Offer Workers’ Rights Clinics in Ukiah and Kelseyville on 3/22 and 3/23

LAS-ELC’s Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic is partnering with OneJustice and Legal Services of Northern California to provide two free legal clinics to residents of Mendocino and Lake Counties wanting help with issues relating to employment. Participants can meet with law students and attorneys to discuss a wide variety of work-related problems, including denial of wages, … Continue reading “LAS-ELC and Partners Offer Workers’ Rights Clinics in Ukiah and Kelseyville on 3/22 and 3/23”

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