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Female athletes gaining equity in Santa Paula

State data show that many schools and many park and recreation departments across California offer girls and boys unequal sports programs. Equity has been required by federal law since 1972. Santa Paula High School (SPHS) is making significant improvements after a legal team led by the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC), the California Women’s … Continue reading “Female athletes gaining equity in Santa Paula”

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Female Student Athletes, Always Second-Class

Huffington Post
Kim Turner

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Protect Our Defenders announces the two winners of first annual award: Both LAS-ELC attorneys

Today, Protect Our Defenders (POD), the only national human rights organization solely dedicated to ending the epidemic of harassment and sexual assault in the U.S. military, announced the first two winners of the “2016 Protect Our Defenders Justice Award.” The inaugural annual award is being given to two attorneys from the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law … Continue reading “Protect Our Defenders announces the two winners of first annual award: Both LAS-ELC attorneys”

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LAS-ELC board gains three new members

Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is honored to announce that three prominent lawyers have joined its board of directors. Their varied talents and background will be enormously helpful to LAS-ELC as we celebrate 100 years of providing free legal services to low-income people and their families across California this year and into the future. Jacqueline Mottek, … Continue reading “LAS-ELC board gains three new members”

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Legal Aid Staff Give Keynotes at Title IX Conference

The Fair Play for Girls in Sports team, Elizabeth Kristen, Tamika Butler (former Levin Fellow), and Kim Turner (current Levin Fellow), recently attended the Title IX at 40 conference hosted by the Western Society for Physical Education of College Women in Pacific Grove, California. Over ninety years old, the Western Society is comprised of educators, researchers, and … Continue reading “Legal Aid Staff Give Keynotes at Title IX Conference”

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Governor Signs Bills Protecting Workers

This week, Governor Brown signed several important bills that protect the rights of low-wage workers, including: SB 299—Protecting Health Care Coverage for Pregnant Women and New Mothers AB 1236—Prohibiting the Mandated Use of the E-Verify System by Private Employers in California AB 1403—Recovering Costs of Court Interpreters for Indigent Persons AB 22—Curtailing Use of Job … Continue reading “Governor Signs Bills Protecting Workers”

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National chain Safelite AutoGlass sued for race, disability discrimination

An Alameda County married couple claim their employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and discriminated and retaliated against them. They filed two lawsuits today against Safelite AutoGlass, which has 550 stores nationwide, with help from Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.  Christina Castillo — who worked processing inventory paperwork — alleges she was fired from … Continue reading “National chain Safelite AutoGlass sued for race, disability discrimination”

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Wage Claim Clinic Launched in Oakland and San Francisco

Through our Workers’ Rights Clinic, we regularly see low-wage workers facing wage theft in a wide range of industries.  The first step they can take to recover those wages is to file a claim with the California Labor Commissioner.  

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Governor signs law granting leave for child care emergencies

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 579, authored by state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), which extends job protections to parents who take leave for child care emergencies or for visits to evaluate or enroll their children in school or care.  “Parents need assurance they will not lose their job when they must miss work … Continue reading “Governor signs law granting leave for child care emergencies”

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