Free Legal Housing Clinic – September 26, 2020

For the past few years, the California Women’s Law Center has hosted free monthly legal clinics to help renters understand their legal housing rights and avoid eviction. As the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates financial challenges for women and families, safe and affordable housing is an increasingly urgent need. CWLC makes available attorneys specialized in housing law
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CWLC’s 30th Anniversary: Three Decades in Review

Lily Ledbetter’s Fight for Equal Pay

Veronica’s Title IX Story

Resources – Women in the Military

Resources – Women’s Health

Resources – Title IX Athletics

Resources – Sexual Assault and Harassment

Resources – Secure Housing

Resources – Reproductive Justice

Resources – Reproductive Health Care Access

Resources – Intimate Partner Violence

Resources – Equal Pay

Resources – Economic Security

Resources – Campus Sexual Assault and Harassment

Resources – Breastfeeding Accommodations

Resources – Aging Women’s Needs

Resources – Affordable Housing

Resources – Affordable Housing

Legal Housing Clinic

CWLC hosts free bi-monthly legal clinics for renters who are facing eviction or other legal issues related to their housing. 

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

For Immediate Release September 19, 2014 Contact: Sara Feldman, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center – sfeldman@las-elc.org, 617-276-5632 Andrew DeBlock, California Women’s Law Center -­ andrew.deblock@cwlc.org, 978-821-0185 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds Sweetwater Union High School District in Violation of Title IX Girls at Castle Park High School Will Now Have Equal Access to Sports
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From U-T San Diego: Appeals Court Upholds Title IX Ruling Against Sweetwater

Sweetwater School district was accused of violating gender-equity laws at Castle Park High by not offering female athletes with equal amenities By Allison Sampite-Monteclavo, U-T San Diego Chula Vista — The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a 2012 ruling that the Sweetwater Union High School District violated federal gender-equity laws by not
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Distinguished Guest Speaker Series 2015 – Incarcerated Women and Girls

Pictured from left to right:  Scott Budnick, Founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC); Heidi Rummel, Clinical Professor at the USC Gould School of Law and Director of the Post-Conviciton Justice Project; Terri McDonald, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Assistant Sheriff of Custody Operations; Patricia Soung, Center for Juvenile Law and Policy at Loyola Law School and
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Assembly Bill 492 (Gonzalez) – CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work Program

AB 492, introduced by Senator Gonzalez, would provide monthly access to diapers for families in the CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work program. Read AB 492 Letter Urging Governor Brown’s Signature Introduced February 23, 2016 Vetoed by the Governor September 25, 2016

Assembly Bill 908 (Gomez) – California Paid Family Leave and Disability Insurance

The California Women’s Law Center supports AB 908, introduced by Senator Gomez, which would improve California’s Paid Family Leave and State Disability insurance programs by raising the wage replacement rates, extending Paid Family Leave (PFL), and eliminating the waiting period to apply for PFL benefits. Read AB 908 Support Letter Introduced February 26, 2015 Approved
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Assembly Bill 1399 (Baker) – Resources for Domestic Violence Victims

This bill, introduced by Senator Baker, would increase available resources for victims of domestic violence. AB 1399 would allow an individual to indicate that a specified amount in excess of his or her tax liability be transferred to the California Domestic Violence Fund. Read AB 1399 Support Letter Introduced February 27, 2015 Approved by the
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Assembly Bill 1561 (Garcia) – Ending the Tax on Feminine Products

CWLC supports AB 1561, introduced by Senator Garcia, which would end the tax on feminine hygiene products. Currently, California law exempts health items like medical identification tags and even Viagra from taxation but does not exempt tampons and sanitary pads. Read AB 1561 Support Letter Introduced January 4, 2016 Vetoed by the Governor September 13,
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Assembly Bill 1661 (McCarty) – Elected Official Sexual Harassment Courses

AB 1661, introduced by Senator McCarty, would require local elected officials to complete multiple sexual harassment training and education courses. AB 1661 will help make office of city governments safe from sexual harassment. Read AB 1661 Support Letter Introduced January 13, 2016 Approved by the Governor September 29, 2016

Assembly Bill 1671 (Gomez) – Invasion of Privacy Law

The California Women’s Law Center supports AB 1671, introduced by Senator Gomez, which would amend California’s existing Invasion of Privacy law, from the Senate Appropriations suspense file to the floor for a vote. CWLC strongly supports AB 1671 because it would update the current law to more comprehensively protect confidential communications among health care workers.
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Assembly Bill 1676 (Campos) – Eliminating the Discriminatory Impact of Prior Salaries

The California Women’s Law Center supports AB 1676, introduced by Senator Campos, which would clarify under the Equal Pay Act that an employee’s prior salary cannot be the basis for any disparity in compensation when compared to a co-worker of the opposite sex who is doing substantially similar work. Read AB 1676 Support Letter Introduced
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Assembly Bills 1760, 1761 and 1762 (Santiago, Campos, Weber) – Human Trafficking

The California Women’s Law Center supports three separate bills as part of a comprehensive legislative package to address the complex issue of human trafficking introduced by Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Nora Campos (D-San Jose), and Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego). Citing the dual needs to address this issue on all fronts, including both sex and
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Assembly Bill 2057 (Stone) – CalFresh: Victims of Domestic Violence

CWLC urges signature on AB 2057, introduced by Senator Stone, which would help domestic violence victims start an independent, economically stable life on their own by increasing their access to CalFresh. Read AB 2057 Letter Urging Governor Brown’s Signature Introduced February 17, 2016 Approved by the Governor September 30, 2016

Assembly Bill 2150 (Santiago) – Child Care Assistance

CWLC supports AB 2150, introduced by Senator Santiago, which would provide protections for families eligible for child care assistance. AB 2150 would enact several measures that would protect these families. One would guarantee eligibility for child care for 12 months upon receiving a child care subsidy. Another would eliminate required interim reporting during the 12 month-eligibility
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Assembly Bill 2192 (Salas) – Reporting Services

The California Women’s Law Center supports AB 2192, introduced by Senator Salas, which would assist low-income litigants in California by continuing to provide funds for shorthand reporting services. CWLC strongly supports AB 2192 because it will ensure equal access to justice in California courts. Read AB 2192 Support Letter Introduced February 18, 2016 Approved by the
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Assembly Bill 2346 (Baker) – Social Services Public Hearings

The California Women’s Law Center urges Governor Brown’s signature on AB 2346, introduced by Senator Baker, would require public social service state hearings position statements to be made available electronically two working days before a hearing. Read AB 2346 Letter Urging Governor Brown’s Signature Introduced February 18, 2016 Approved by the Governor September 23, 2016

Assembly Bill 2819 (Chiu) – Unlawful Detainer Proceedings

AB 2819, introduced by Senator Chiu, would reform the California Code of Civil Procedure to protect the privacy, credit, and reputation of innocent tenants who are involved in eviction lawsuits. This bill will safeguard the ability of these tenants and their families to secure safe and affordable housing. Read AB 2819 Support Letter Introduced February
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Senate Bill 654 (Jackson) – New Parent Leave Act

SB 654, introduced by Senator Jackson, would provide more California workers with job-protected leave when they take time off to bond with a new child. This bill will ensure that more California workers who pay into the Paid Family Leave insurance program are able to secure parental leave without fear of losing their job. Read SB
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Senate Bill 947 (Pan) – Public Assistance Interviews

SB 947, introduced by Governor Pan, would modernize the mandatory review process for the California Work Opportunities and Responsibilities to Kids (CalWORKs) program by giving counties greater flexibility to use telephone and internet technology to complete the interview. Read SB 947 Letter Urging Governor Brown’s Signature Introduced February 3, 2016 Approved by the Governor September 29, 2016

Senate Bill 999 (Pavley) – Improving Women’s Access to Contraception

The California Women’s Law Center supports Senate Bill 999, introduced by State Senator Fran Pavley, which would require all health care service plans and health insurers to cover up to 12 months of FDA-approved, self-administered hormonal contraceptives when dispensed at one time. Currently, women can receive a 30- or 90-day supply of contraceptives. But low
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Senate Bill 1014 (Liu) – Parental and Sick Leave for Pregnant and Parenting Students

This bill, introduced by Senator Liu, would promote gender equity in education by ensuring that pregnant and parenting students in California receive consistent and adequate parental and sick leave. Read SB 1014 Support Letter Introduced February 11, 2016 Held in committee and under submission, August 11, 2016