Legal Aid at Work

Helps workers attain financial security by preserving their employment opportunities. Founded in 1915. HQ in San Francisco.
Organization Website

Twitter: @LegalAidAtWork
Facebook: Facebook
Primary geographic focus: Bay Area, California Statewide, Northern California, Southern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Field Programs
Tags: Community Outreach: Legal Rights Education, Discrimination, Employment, Workers Rights
Acronym or short name: LAS-ELC

Legal Aid at Work promotes the stability of low-income and disadvantaged workers and their families by addressing issues that affect their ability to achieve self-sufficiency.

Legal Aid at Work has four main strategies for delivering services: free clinics and helplines, free legal info, litigation and public advocacy.  Several areas of their work include: leaves of absence and parenting while working, gender equity & LGBT rights, racial equity and affirmative action, wage protection, unemployment insurance appeals, discrimination based on disability, immigration, language, and national origin, and workers’ rights clinics.



News Story

Rights groups sue BART over ‘filthy’ elevators, broken escalators

SF Gate
April 5, 2017
Legal Aid at Work and Disability Rights Advocates have filed a complaint against the Bay Area Rapid Transit, citing their multiple civil rights violations that hurt people with disabilities.

News Story

Burma Superstar Kitchen Staff Sue Bay Area Chain Over Wage Violations

East Bay Express (Oakland)
September 9, 2016
Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center, Centro Legal De La Raza, and Asian American Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus unite to represent Bay Area kitchen staff against Burma Superstar.


On the Job: Don’t let sick leave law give you a headache

Michelle V. Rafter
The Orange County Register
August 19, 2015
Michelle V. Rafter interviews Sharon Terman, a senior staff attorney and director of the Work and Family Program at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, to answer some questions about common scenarios.

News Story

Bay Area Internet mogul ordered to pay driver nearly $500,000

Evan Sernoffsky
SF Gate
March 1, 2016
Victory for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.

News Story

Ex-nanny’s lawsuit against tech power couple highlights potential exploitation

Halima Kazem
November 15, 2015
Civil legal aid advocates take on Silicon Valley to assert the rights of vulnerable immigrant domestic workers.

News Story

Judge asked to OK new English-learners plan for SF schools

Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle
June 24, 2015
SF school district seeks approval of English language learner program against complaints of parents who say they are not being properly advised.

News Story

Federal government urges K-12 schools to comply with Title IX

Jane Meredith Adams
April 26, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education published new guidance targeted at school districts, emphasizing the need for equal access to services.

News Story

AAUW learns about vets health care, girls access to sports

Redlands Daily Facts
May 16, 2015
Ollier v. Sweetwater Union High School District was a landmark Title IX decision that recognized anti-retaliation protections and opened the door for Title IX in K-12 contexts.


Creating a Level Playing Field for Girls: Title IX Athletics in Schools and Beyond

Oct 25, 2018
A training on the legal requirements mandating equity for girls playing sports in high school and at youth parks and recreation facilities in California.
MCLE: 1 hour

Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Assault: A Primer on Federal and State Law Claims

Jan 30, 2019
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Direct Legal Services (intellectual, developmental, and/or psycho-social disabilities):

Oct 23, 2019
This session will offer some limited discussion of general language use and disability etiquette relating to the disabilities being covered in this session, as well as biases and stereotypes prevalent in popular culture. The primary focus will be on accommodations, policy modifications, and best practices when working with people with intellectual, developmental, and/or psycho-social disabilities. Physical accessibility will also be covered since people can have multiple disabilities. We will also spend some time addressing intersectionality and things to consider when working with folks with multiple marginalized identities, including disability. This session is focused on delivery of legal services in a direct services context.
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

Is Your Community Playing Fair? CA’s Fair Play Act (AB 2404) and Gender Discrimination in Youth Sports

Oct 24, 2019
Girls who play sports as youth benefit in many ways: they perform better in school, are more likely to earn higher wages, and have better health outcomes. California enacted the Fair Play in Community Sports Act (“Fair Play Act” or AB 2404) almost 20 years ago, requiring local community youth sports programs to provide equal opportunities, treatment and benefits to girls and boys in their competitive athletic programs. Despite this, girls’ sports at the local youth level still continue to face significant discrimination. This webinar will explore the Fair Play Act and its impact, and will provide a brief primer on the law the Act is based on, Title IX—which celebrated its 47th anniversary in June. Watch to learn about gender-based inequities in your local sports program or at your school and potential ways to address such inequities!
MCLE: 1 hour

Disability Rights Protections in the Employment & Labor Context

Apr 20, 2020
The session will provide information about what constitutes a “disability” under civil rights laws, and what legal protections are afforded to employees (or applicants) who meet that definition. The session will also provide information about available remedies, along with tips and best practices for planning for advocacy, and preparing clients for advocacy.
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

A Level Playing Field: Title IX and Gender Equity in K-12 Athletics

May 10, 2017
We invite you to join us for an informational training webinar to learn about Title IX and other laws that apply to equality in athletics at K-12 schools.
MCLE: 1 hour

Equal Pay in California: Your Right to Pay Equity in the Workplace

Oct 12, 2016
During this webinar, members of the California Fair Pay Collaborative will provide participants with data about the wage gap and the importance of this issue especially for low-income Californians, information about the rights workers have under California’s equal pay law, how to spot a violation of those rights, and what to do to remedy violations.
MCLE: 1 hour

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