Press Releases

Governor Newsom’s Budget to Protect Workers from Being Fired when they Take Paid Family Leave

Sacramento, CA (January 10, 2020). The Budget that Governor Newsom announced today includes crucial measures to protect Californians from being fired when they take time off from work to bond with a new child or take care of an ill family member.  This builds off the Governor’s important step last year of expanding the duration … Continue reading “Governor Newsom’s Budget to Protect Workers from Being Fired when they Take Paid Family Leave”

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Fresno Beef Company Fires 20-Year Employee for Taking Leave for Cancer Treatment

Fresno, CA (January 7, 2020).  A Tulare County woman filed a lawsuit against California’s largest beef producer—Harris Ranch Beef Company—for illegally firing her when she went on leave to undergo treatment for cancer. As alleged in the Complaint, Yolanda Alcala worked as a meat trimmer at Harris Ranch Beef Company in Fresno for over 20 … Continue reading “Fresno Beef Company Fires 20-Year Employee for Taking Leave for Cancer Treatment”

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Gale Anne Hurd, an Executive Producer of “The Walking Dead” Franchise, Underwrites New Fellowship Program for Legal Aid at Work

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 12, 2019) – Hollywood producer and Valhalla Entertainment CEO, Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The Terminator, Aliens), announces that she is funding a public service legal Fellowship for the California-based nonprofit, Legal Aid at Work. The Hurd Fellowship, which will fund five fellows over the next … Continue reading “Gale Anne Hurd, an Executive Producer of “The Walking Dead” Franchise, Underwrites New Fellowship Program for Legal Aid at Work”

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Court Documents Reveal Hawai’i Department of Education Choosing Legal Maneuvering Over Gender Equity

HONOLULU  (June 6, 2019) – Rather than actually fix gender inequities in Hawai‘i public schools, the State Department of Education (DOE) is simply hoping to run out the clock. Documents filed yesterday in federal court by the ACLU of Hawai‘i, Legal Aid at Work, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (“Plaintiffs’ counsel”) reveal that DOE has … Continue reading “Court Documents Reveal Hawai’i Department of Education Choosing Legal Maneuvering Over Gender Equity”

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Fair Play For Girls in Sports Program Honored by the California State Assembly

Legal Aid at Work’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports project was honored to receive an award at a Joint Informational Hearing of the California Assembly’s Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and  Internet Media and the Higher Education Committee on March 25, 2019. The Committee Chairs, the Honorable Kansen Chu and the Honorable Jose … Continue reading “Fair Play For Girls in Sports Program Honored by the California State Assembly”

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At 95, Black Army Veteran Seeks the Honorable Discharge he Was Denied After WWII Because of his Race

Philadelphia, PA (March 12, 2019) — Legal Aid at Work and the Veterans’ Legal Advocacy Clinic at Golden Gate University School of Law have filed a petition on behalf of 95-year-old army veteran Nelson Henry to rectify a seven-decade-old wrong: his receipt of a racially discriminatory “blue discharge” after World War II because he was … Continue reading “At 95, Black Army Veteran Seeks the Honorable Discharge he Was Denied After WWII Because of his Race”

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EEOC and Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Bay Area Solar Company Over Policy of Refusing to Do Business with Customers Whose Names “Sounded Middle Eastern or Indian”

San Francisco, CA (March 7, 2019)—A Bay Area woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today, alleging that her former employer had a policy of refusing to do business with customers that it believed to be of Middle Eastern or Indian origin, and that it required her to carry it out. Ayesha Faiz was a … Continue reading “EEOC and Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Bay Area Solar Company Over Policy of Refusing to Do Business with Customers Whose Names “Sounded Middle Eastern or Indian””

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SF-Based The Melt Fires Disabled Immigrant Worker After She Reported Ongoing Sexual Harassment by her Supervisor

SAN FRANCISCO (February 21, 2019) — Legal Aid at Work has filed a lawsuit against The Melt on behalf of Genesis Cifuentes, a disabled crew member who was fired after she reported ongoing sexual harassment and abuse at the California-based restaurant chain. The Complaint filed February 20 alleges the harassment began when Ms. Cifuentes was … Continue reading “SF-Based The Melt Fires Disabled Immigrant Worker After She Reported Ongoing Sexual Harassment by her Supervisor”

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Paid Family Leave to Become Significantly More Accessible to Low-Income Californians Under Newly Proposed Legislation

Advocates of family friendly workplace polices applaud efforts by Governor Newsom and Senator Jackson to expand job protection and income replacement

SAN FRANCISCO (January 17, 2019) —Legal Aid at Work, the California Work & Family Coalition, and the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) are in staunch support of new legislative efforts to ensure all California workers, particularly low wage workers, can take paid family leave without risking their jobs or financial stability. California once led the Nation … Continue reading “Paid Family Leave to Become Significantly More Accessible to Low-Income Californians Under Newly Proposed Legislation”

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