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.


Legal Aid at Work


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.


An Overview of Sex-Based Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault Laws in Schools and the Workplace

Feb 23, 2022
MCLE: 1 hour

Workplace Rights of Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Aug 30, 2023
MCLE: 1 hour

This page last modified: Thu, April 19, 2018 -- 4:37 pm ET