What Should We Take from the Fact that California’s Attorney General Won’t Charge Officers for the Shooting of Stephon Clark?

May 4, 2019

In March of 2018, Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old Black man, was shot and killed in Sacramento, California by two Sacramento Police Department officers. Though he was unarmed, officers Terrance Mercadal and Jared Robinet fired twenty rounds at Clark, hitting him seven times—three of which were in the back. Read More

An Unanswered Question: “Can I Refuse to Serve Trump Supporters?”

July 26, 2018

Since the 2016 election, the issue of when a business can refuse to serve a customer has become particularly significant. Despite a multitude of news articles and court cases, much remains unclear. For example, can California businesses discriminate against customers for political reasons? Other states seem to allow it. A New York City bar called The […] Read More

#ustoo: Disabled Women and Sexual Assault

July 17, 2018

College students with disabilities are more likely to be sexually assaulted than non-disabled students. The National Council on Disability (NCD) study on this topic was the first of its kind; past studies by federal agencies and task forces did not include disability as a demographic category. This left a gap—and it turns out a significant […] Read More

Protecting Yourself When You Get Pregnant

March 23, 2018

Women are often the victims of sexual harassment on the job, even in the San Francisco Bay Area. However, the harassment and discrimination may only get worse when a woman decides to start a family. If a woman can’t work during her pregnancy, her employer might try to fire her or deny her leave. Worse, […] Read More

Out of Office: Paid and Unpaid Leaves of Absence

California law is particularly generous when it comes to employees taking leave. There are several, distinct types of leave that employees in need can use.[1] Everyone should be aware, however, that taking leave is one thing, but paid leave is another. Many types of leave are unpaid. Lots of employees also need to use their […] Read More

Protecting Yourself When You Get Pregnant

July 20, 2017

Women are often the victims of sexual harassment on the job. However, the harassment and discrimination may only get worse when a woman decides to start a family. If a woman can’t work during her pregnancy, her employer might try to fire her or deny her leave. Worse, employers might try to demote employees or […] Read More

Protecting Your Job When You Get Sick

July 19, 2017

When employees get sick or hurt and need to take time off, employers may try to fire them. However, state and federal lawmakers have passed statutes to help employees keep their jobs when they get sick, and get back to work once they feel better. Who is Protected? Under the federal Family and Medical Leave […] Read More