SF Supervisor Chiu Announces Legislation Promoting Predictable Work Hours for Hourly Workers

September 30, 2014

Supervisor David Chiu today announced the introduction of city-wide legislation that, if enacted, will give thousands of hourly workers in the city of San Francisco the predictable schedules—and regular pay—they need to secure their families’ well-being. More

Governor Brown Signs AB 1579 to Protect Pregnant Women

September 29, 2014

Last Friday Governor Brown signed into law AB 1579, the Healthy Babies Act (Stone), which will allow pregnant women to obtain CalWORKs benefits in the second trimester of pregnancy instead of limiting access to the third trimester. More

CA Labor Commissioner Finds LAZ Parking Unlawfully Retaliated Against Employee Who Complained About Working Conditions

September 24, 2014

Almost three years after his first complaint about his employer’s alleged illegal practices – our client Julio Castro received vindication in the form of a California Labor Commissioner decision finding that his former employer, LAZ Parking, had fired him for complaining about LAZ’s alleged unlawful employment practices. More

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

September 19, 2014

Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s ruling that Sweetwater Union High School District is out of compliance with Title IX. By affirming the lower court’s decision, the Ninth Circuit ensured that girls at Castle Park High School will finally be given the equal access to athletics that they deserve. More

Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards Honor San Francisco Business for Family-Friendly Policies

September 15, 2014

San Francisco businesses lead the way in family-friendly policies. At today’s second annual Healthy Mothers Workplace Award Ceremony, 24 employers will be honored for their commitment to the health and equity of their employees, especially new parents.  More

California Becomes Second State to Provide Paid Sick Days

September 10, 2014

Today, Governor Brown took a historic step for working families and signed Assembly Bill 1522, which provides workers in California the guarantee of earned sick days, accruing one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, regardless of the size of the employer. More

LAS-ELC Settles Breastfeeding Discrimination Claim against World Journal

August 25, 2014

LAS-ELC today settled a claim on behalf of To-Wen Tseng, a journalist for the Chinese-language newspaper World Journal who was allegedly denied legally mandated lactation accommodations at work. In addition, Ms. Tseng claimed that World Journal discriminated against her because she requested a private space to pump breast milk. More

LAS-ELC Helps Women Veterans at Fresno Stand Up Event

August 22, 2014

Today LAS-ELC traveled to Fresno to provide free legal services to homeless women veterans at the Fresno Women Veterans Stand Up. More than 200 people attended the event at the American Legion Post 500. Representative Jim Costa addressed the crowd and thanked women veterans for their service.  More

California Supreme Court Issues Major Victory for Workers in Paratransit, Inc. v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board

July 7, 2014

Last week, on July 3rd, 2014, in a major victory for California’s workers, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that workers are not disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance benefits simply for refusing to sign disciplinary notices.  The case, Paratransit, Inc. v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, threatened to gut workers’ ability to receive unemployment insurance benefits in California. More

CA Supreme Court Confirms Rights of Workers Regardless of Immigration Status

June 26, 2014

Today, the California Supreme Court ruled that a worker’s immigration status does not curtail his right to be protected by the same workplace laws that cover all those who are employed in this state, including situations where the employee may have used false documents to obtain his job. More

Caregivers File Suit against Kindred Healthcare for Wage and Hour Violations

June 18, 2014

Today, LAS-ELC and the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic of Golden Gate University School of Law along with the law firm of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C., are filing a class action lawsuit on behalf of in-home and facility caregivers in the California Superior Court, Alameda County against Kindred Healthcare, Inc. and affiliated companies Professional Healthcare at Home, LLC and NP Plus, LLC, alleging failure to pay minimum wage and overtime and various meal and rest period violations, among other claims. More