The LAS-ELC’s Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program is dedicated to promoting gender equity and advancing the rights of low-wage women and families, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, pregnant women, caregivers, military families and veterans, and other under-represented workers and students.
The Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program maintains the following projects:
- Project SURVIVE, which ensures that people who experience domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking can keep their jobs or maintain economic security while seeking safety, medical, or legal help.
- The Work and Family Project, which protects the employment rights of working families, including families of service members and veterans, during periods of crisis, such as the serious illness of an employee or a loved one. The Project advises workers about their rights to take job-protected and/or paid leave for their own medical condition, to care for a family member, for pregnancy and bonding with a new child.
- Fair Play for Girls in Sports, which promotes the health, well-being, education, and future employment opportunities for low-income girls in grades K–12 by ensuring equal athletic opportunities in programs provided by public schools and state Parks and Recreation programs.
- The Sexual Harassment Project, which protects the rights of low-wage workers who are victims of harassment based on sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
- The LGBT Rights Project, which helps low-income workers address discrimination, harassment, and other problems at work because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
- The Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition, a collaboration of non-profit organizations, government agencies, and employers created to improve the working conditions and health of new parents.
The Program also combats sex discrimination in employment and equal pay violations.
The tools we use include:
Advice and Information:
The LAS-ELC provides assistance and legal advice to workers through the following helplines:
- Project SURVIVE (888) 864-8335.
- Work & Family Project (800) 880-8047
- Fair Play (877) 593-0074
The LAS-ELC provides direct legal services, from pursuing administrative complaints to litigating cases in state and federal court.
The LAS-ELC participates in efforts to expand workers’ rights through local, state, and federal legislation.
Public Education and Outreach:
LAS–ELC collaborates with a range of advocates and communities to identify and strengthen the common interests of persons with disabilities, LGBT people, women, people of color, immigrants, language minorities, labor unions, military families and veterans, and working people with caretaking obligations.