Press Releases

Two Bills Aim to Make CA Workplaces More Family-Friendly and Ensure Equitable Paid Family Leave

Asm. Wicks, Equal Rights Advocates, CA Employment Lawyers Association, and Legal Aid at Work join forces to support working family caregivers & those with chosen family

SACRAMENTO – Today, California Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (14th District) announced the introduction of two bills to make workplaces more family-friendly and make California’s Paid Family Leave program more equitable and accessible. The bills are co-sponsored by Equal Rights Advocates, California Employment Lawyers Association, and Legal Aid at Work. “Who we count as members of our … Continue reading “Two Bills Aim to Make CA Workplaces More Family-Friendly and Ensure Equitable Paid Family Leave”

Read More

California Orders Prominent Burger King Franchise Owners to Pay Workers $2.2 Million in Stolen Wages and Penalties

Owners Monu Singh and Harkiran “Romi” Randhawa responsible for stealing wages from 230 San Francisco workers.

SAN FRANCISCO – In a much-anticipated decision, 230 workers must be paid over $2.2 million in stolen wages and penalties, according to a decision issued by the California Labor Commissioner’s office. The decision comes after a 13-day hearing between April and June 2022, during which eight former employees testified about the onerous and unlawful working … Continue reading “California Orders Prominent Burger King Franchise Owners to Pay Workers $2.2 Million in Stolen Wages and Penalties”

Read More

Davis Youth Softball Association and Civil Rights Nonprofit Organizations Reach Agreement with City of Davis Regarding Gender-Based Equity in Community Sports

Agreement to Foster a Level Playing Field for Girls in the City of Davis

Davis, CA — As part of a settlement with Davis Youth Softball Association (DYSA), the City of Davis (City) has agreed to address allegations of noncompliance with California State Law, specifically Assembly Bill 2404 (AB 2404 or the “Fair Play in Community Sports Act”) requiring gender equity in youth athletic programs. This resolution is a … Continue reading “Davis Youth Softball Association and Civil Rights Nonprofit Organizations Reach Agreement with City of Davis Regarding Gender-Based Equity in Community Sports”

Read More

Governor Newsom’s Signature on SB 951 (Durazo) Propels California Back into National Leadership on Paid Family Leave

*Support for Pregnant People and New Parents is Essential to Reproductive Justice

Sacramento, CA – A broad coalition of more than 450 organizations today celebrated Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature on SB 951, Senator Maria Elena Durazo’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to make Paid Family Leave (PFL) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) more accessible to California’s families. Twenty years after California adopted the nation’s first comprehensive paid family leave … Continue reading “Governor Newsom’s Signature on SB 951 (Durazo) Propels California Back into National Leadership on Paid Family Leave”

Read More

Assemblymember Kalra’s Bill to Protect Workplace Rights for CalWORKs and CalFresh Participants Signed by Governor Newsom

AB 2300 will protect CalWORKs and CalFresh participants from unjust sanctions

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, AB 2300, authored by Assemblymember Kalra, was signed into law by Governor Newsom. AB 2300 will prevent Californian workers from having to choose between the wellbeing of their families and their right to not be abused or harassed at work. “By equipping CalFresh and CalWORKs participants with the means to identify workplace … Continue reading “Assemblymember Kalra’s Bill to Protect Workplace Rights for CalWORKs and CalFresh Participants Signed by Governor Newsom”

Read More

Ninth Circuit Recognizes Class Action Status of High School Girls in Hawai‘i Title IX Athletics Civil Rights Case

HONOLULU (April 5, 2022) — A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday in favor of a group of female student athletes at Hawaii’s largest public high school, Campbell High School.  The girls sought class action status in support of their Title IX civil rights lawsuit against the Hawai‘i Department of … Continue reading “Ninth Circuit Recognizes Class Action Status of High School Girls in Hawai‘i Title IX Athletics Civil Rights Case”

Read More

SF Board of Supervisors Unanimously Expands Rights to Flexible Work Scheduling for Working Families

SAN FRANCISCO — Today on International Women’s Day, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously supported Supervisor Connie Chan’s legislation to expand the ability of workers to demand flexible workplace scheduling in order to balance their caregiving responsibilities. “This legislation is especially crucial to ensure an equitable recovery that balances the needs of both our … Continue reading “SF Board of Supervisors Unanimously Expands Rights to Flexible Work Scheduling for Working Families”

Read More

Advocates Reach Agreement with CA Employment Development Department to Expand Language Access

Language access improvements implemented through 2024 ensure EDD upholds Californians’ civil rights and embraces communities’ vast language abilities

 SACRAMENTO — In a victory for Californians and language rights advocates, residents who do not use English as their primary language will now have more access to the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) unemployment insurance (UI) program, which provides critical benefits to eligible workers across the state. Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), Asian … Continue reading “Advocates Reach Agreement with CA Employment Development Department to Expand Language Access”

Read More

Prominent SF Burger King Franchise Cited for $1.9 Million for Stolen Wages and Labor Law Violations, Additional $800,000 Assessment for Health Care Violations

SAN FRANCISCO – More than 230 people who worked at five Burger King restaurants in San Francisco are waiting for millions of dollars owed to them after more than a year and a half. The California Labor Commissioner’s Office issued a $1.9 million citation in June 2020, during the middle of the pandemic, for wages … Continue reading “Prominent SF Burger King Franchise Cited for $1.9 Million for Stolen Wages and Labor Law Violations, Additional $800,000 Assessment for Health Care Violations”

Read More