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Workplace Protections Keep Domestic Violence Survivors Safe and Financially Independent

October 28, 2014

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to draw attention to a pervasive and devastating problem. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 22.2 percent of women and 7.4 percent of men have been physically assaulted by an intimate partner in their lifetime.More

SF Supervisor Chiu Announces Legislation Promoting Predictable Schedules for Hourly Workers

September 30, 2014

Supervisor David Chiu today announced the introduction of city-wide legislation that, if enacted, will give thousands of hourly workers in the city of San Francisco the predictable schedules—and regular pay—they need to secure their families’ well-being.More

Governor Brown Signs AB 1579 to Protect Pregnant Women

September 29, 2014

Last Friday Governor Brown signed into law AB 1579, the Healthy Babies Act (Stone), which will allow pregnant women to obtain CalWORKs benefits in the second trimester of pregnancy instead of limiting access to the third trimester. More

CA Labor Commissioner Finds LAZ Parking Unlawfully Retaliated Against Employee Who Complained About Working Conditions

September 24, 2014

Almost three years after his first complaint about his employer’s alleged illegal practices – our client Julio Castro received vindication in the form of a California Labor Commissioner decision finding that his former employer, LAZ Parking, had fired him for complaining about LAZ’s alleged unlawful employment practices. More

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds Sweetwater Union High School District in Violation of Title IX

September 19, 2014

Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s ruling that Sweetwater Union High School District is out of compliance with Title IX. By affirming the lower court’s decision, the Ninth Circuit ensured that girls at Castle Park High School will finally be given the equal access to athletics that they deserve.More

Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards Honor San Francisco Business for Family-Friendly Policies

September 15, 2014

San Francisco businesses lead the way in family-friendly policies. At today’s second annual Healthy Mothers Workplace Award Ceremony, 24 employers will be honored for their commitment to the health and equity of their employees, especially new parents. More

California Becomes Second State to Provide Paid Sick Days

September 10, 2014

Today, Governor Brown took a historic step for working families and signed Assembly Bill 1522, which provides workers in California the guarantee of earned sick days, accruing one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, regardless of the size of the employer.More

LAS-ELC Settles Breastfeeding Discrimination Claim against World Journal

August 25, 2014

LAS-ELC today settled a claim on behalf of To-Wen Tseng, a journalist for the Chinese-language newspaper World Journal who was allegedly denied legally mandated lactation accommodations at work. In addition, Ms. Tseng claimed that World Journal discriminated against her because she requested a private space to pump breast milk.More

LAS-ELC Helps Women Veterans at Fresno Stand Up Event

August 22, 2014

Today LAS-ELC traveled to Fresno to provide free legal services to homeless women veterans at the Fresno Women Veterans Stand Up. More than 200 people attended the event at the American Legion Post 500. Representative Jim Costa addressed the crowd and thanked women veterans for their service. More

Take Action: Urge Gov. Brown to Ensure Equal Sports Opportunities for Girls

August 14, 2014

SB 1349 (Jackson) would require all public elementary and secondary schools offering competitive sports to report on their websites the number of boys and girls playing sports and the number of boys’ and girls’ teams by sport and competition level. This bill is now on the governor’s desk.More