Press Releases

115 Workers’ Rights Organizations Call on California Legislature to Expand Emergency Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 Crisis

Today, the California Work & Family Coalition, the California Employment Lawyers Association, Legal Aid at Work, United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council, and 111 other organizations join in asking Governor Newsom and the California Legislature to act now to protect California’s families.  In our joint letter we ask for immediate action to expand … Continue reading “115 Workers’ Rights Organizations Call on California Legislature to Expand Emergency Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 Crisis”

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Millions of California Workers to Start 2021 Without Paid Sick Days

Advocates Call on the State Legislature to Take Action as Federal and State Paid Leave Laws Expire

Sacramento, California—On January 1, 2021, millions of California workers will lose access to emergency paid sick days during a surge in COVID-19 cases. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and other federal and state laws that extended paid time off in 2020 are set to expire at midnight on December 31, leaving many working … Continue reading “Millions of California Workers to Start 2021 Without Paid Sick Days”

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Impact Fund and Legal Aid at Work Settle Workplace Harassment Claims of Transgender San Francisco Police Sergeant

Sergeant Flint Paul, a career officer with the San Francisco Police Department, began his gender-affirming transition more than fifteen years ago. In 2006, after eleven years with the Department, he came out in his workplace as transgender and requested to be addressed by his chosen name “Flint” and with male pronouns. Over the next fourteen … Continue reading “Impact Fund and Legal Aid at Work Settle Workplace Harassment Claims of Transgender San Francisco Police Sergeant”

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Press Release: California Class Action Alleges that Uber is Illegally Coercing Drivers to Support Prop 22

Over 200,000 Drivers Unlawfully Pressured to Support Ballot Measure

San Francisco – A class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco today accuses Uber of illegally exploiting its economic power over its California-based drivers by pressuring them to support the Yes on Prop 22 campaign in violation of the drivers’ century-old right to be free from political coercion in the workplace. A copy of the … Continue reading “Press Release: California Class Action Alleges that Uber is Illegally Coercing Drivers to Support Prop 22”

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Governor Newsom Signs SB 1383, Landmark Bill to Ensure Equitable Access to Paid Family Leave

San Francisco (September 17, 2020) – In a major victory for California’s working families, Governor Newsom signed SB 1383, authored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara). It will ensure that millions of Californians can access critically needed Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance benefits without risking their jobs. This landmark bill implements the first … Continue reading “Governor Newsom Signs SB 1383, Landmark Bill to Ensure Equitable Access to Paid Family Leave”

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Test Takers with Disabilities Sue State Bar of California for Forcing them to Test in-person During the Covid-19 Pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 15, 2020) – Three people with disabilities filed a federal lawsuit against the State Bar of California and the National Conference of Bar Examiners, alleging that they discriminate against people with disabilities. In order to protect the health and safety of test takers and the general public, the State Bar is offering, … Continue reading “Test Takers with Disabilities Sue State Bar of California for Forcing them to Test in-person During the Covid-19 Pandemic”

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California Legislature Passes SB 1383, Groundbreaking Bill to Ensure Equitable Access to Paid Family Leave, and Other Important Measures to Protect California Workers Affected by COVID-19.

San Francisco (September 1, 2020): In a major victory for California’s working families, the California Legislature passed SB 1383, authored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).  It will ensure that millions of Californians can access critically needed Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance benefits without risking their jobs. This landmark bill implements the first … Continue reading “California Legislature Passes SB 1383, Groundbreaking Bill to Ensure Equitable Access to Paid Family Leave, and Other Important Measures to Protect California Workers Affected by COVID-19.”

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California Senate Passes Landmark Legislation Making Paid Family Leave Accessible to Millions More Workers

San Francisco (July 2, 2020): The California Senate passed a landmark bill today that will make sure that millions of Californians can access critically needed Paid Family Leave benefits without risking their jobs. The vote comes one day after Paid Family Leave was extended from 6 to 8 weeks. Under current law, a significant percentage … Continue reading “California Senate Passes Landmark Legislation Making Paid Family Leave Accessible to Millions More Workers”

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Legal Aid at Work and Oakland Unified School District Settle Legal Dispute about Gender Inequity in its Girls’ Athletics Programs

SAN FRANCISCO (June 22, 2020)—Oakland Unified School District (“OUSD”) and the Fair Play for Girls in Sports Project of Legal Aid at Work have entered into a settlement  agreement  to address gender inequity in OUSD’s interscholastic sports programs, including a three-year monitoring term. The agreement will spur significant changes that will level the playing field … Continue reading “Legal Aid at Work and Oakland Unified School District Settle Legal Dispute about Gender Inequity in its Girls’ Athletics Programs”

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