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As we honor the service of veterans on this Veterans Day, we must also remember the obstacles veterans face when they return to civilian life - including the critical challenge of finding and keeping a job. More
Today, Governor Brown signed SB 400, a bill authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to provide employment protections to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. The new law will take effect January 1, 2014. More
Mayor Ed Lee today signed the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance into law, encouraging employers and employees to create flexible work arrangements so workers can meet family caregiving obligations. More
We are thrilled that, beginning in the fall of 2014, LAS-ELC will have the pleasure of partnering with the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) to host and mentor a Sanford Heisler Public Interest Diversity Fellow. More
Ruth Silver Taube, LAS-ELC Senior Staff Attorney, was honored twice this past week - by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and by the Santa Clara County Victim Support Network - for her outstanding work on behalf of Californians in need of legal assistance. More
We are pleased to announce that Shira Levine joins us today as a Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation (SPILF) Fellow. Each year, Stanford Law School awards Public Interest Fellowships to recent graduates who have a history of public service, who provide leadership within the law school, and who are committed to careers as lawyers in the public service. More
We welcome our new Shartsis Fellow, Lan Diep, who will be supervising the Vietnamese American Workers' Rights Project in the South Bay. He will provide community outreach and public education on rights in the workplace and will engage in limited representation on behalf of low income Vietnamese American workers in and around San Jose. More
In a move that will greatly improve the lives of millions of low-wage workers in California, Governor Brown signed AB 10 today to increase the minimum wage. The current hourly minimum wage rate of $8.00 per hour will increase to $9.00 per hour on July 1, 2014, and to $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016. More
Today, Governor Brown signed into law SB 770, a bill authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to allow workers to receive Paid Family Leave benefits while caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and parents-in-law. The new law will take effect July 1, 2014. More
In a move that will benefit nearly two million home care workers in the U.S., the Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will extend the minimum wage and weekly overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to home care workers providing in-home support services to persons with disabilities, including aging persons.
The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) and LAS-ELC today announced a legal victory in a lawsuit against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch over the firing of a Muslim worker who refused to remove her religiously-mandated hijab (headscarf) as a condition for keeping her job.
Today, LAS-ELC and Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (Center for Migrant Rights, or CDM) served Butler Amusements, Inc., a California registered business and the largest carnival company in the western U.S., with a lawsuit that was filed in federal court last month for violations of state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws.
We are very pleased to announce that John and Terry Levin and The Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation of California have awarded a two year grant to Fair Play for Girls in Sports, a project of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. It will allow Fair Play to continue the important work of providing equal athletic opportunities to low-income girls so they may go on to thrive in the classroom and the workplace. More
Today LAS-ELC joined the California Women's Law Center to provide legal services to homeless women veterans in Long Beach, CA at the third annual Female Stand Down. More than two dozen homeless women veterans sought legal assistance in just the first hour of the Stand Down. Said one of them, "I feel blessed to have found these services today." More
Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), extolled by FDR as perhaps “the most far-reaching, farsighted program for the benefit of workers ever adopted here or in any other country.” But rather than celebrating FLSA—the bedrock of modern employment law—workers’ rights advocates are reeling from two negative Supreme Court decisions that threaten to nullify some of the law’s key protections. Read more
In "The Hill", LAS-ELC Skadden Fellow Marsha Chien argues that the amendments to the immigration reform bill introduced by Senators Rubio and Fischer - which would exclude many immigrants from a path to legalization based on their languge ability - are "exclusionary, unprecedented, and unnecessary." Read the full article
On July 15, 2013, LAS-ELC's Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic (Clinic) will partner with OneJustice’s Justice Bus® Project (Project) and Hanson Bridgett LLP to provide a free workers’ rights clinic to residents of Contra Costa County. Individuals attending the clinic will meet with volunteer attorneys and law students to discuss a variety of employment-related problems, including unpaid wages, unemployment insurance, discrimination, and much more. Read more
The Daily Journal has named Senior Staff Attorney Jinny Kim to its annual "Top Labor & Employment Lawyers" list, which honors leading attorneys in California whose work is making an impact on society and the legal profession. Jinny is an accomplished civil rights litigator, who has, throughout her 14 year career, advocated for the employment rights of disabled workers. Read more
A settlement has been reached in a landmark discrimination case involving a transgender police officer in the Bay Area. The case was brought by the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and the Transgender Law Centeron behalf of “Officer T.,” a 17-year veteran of the police department who was subjected to serious discrimination and harassment by other officers after he transitioned from female to male. Read more
Chris Ho, Director of LAS-ELC’s National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program, was honored by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) for his work on behalf of immigrant and language minority communities at its Celebration of Justice on Thursday, June 6th. The annual event honors key civic and community leaders engaged in the struggle for civil rights and social justice. CAA recognized Chris for the National Origin Program’s landmark litigation victories in Singh v. Jutla and Rivera v. Nibco, Inc., cases that have set widely-cited legal precedent enabling undocumented workers to more readily vindicate their workplace rights without fear of employer retaliation. Read more