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Hazardous Materials Laborers Allege Exploitation of Wage and Hour Law Against P.W. Stephens Environmental, Inc.

August 4, 2015

A federal collective and class action lawsuit was filed today on behalf of laborers against P.W. Stephens Environmental, Inc. (P.W. Stephens), alleging failure to pay minimum wage and overtime under federal and California laws, among other wage and hour claims.  The named plaintiff Aned Lopez and the putative class are represented by the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center and Leonard Carder LLP. P.W. Stephens employs hundreds of workers and has locations in Fremont/Hayward, Fresno, Huntington Beach, San Diego, and Sacramento. More

Federal Court Finds California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Violated Title VII by Barring U.S. Citizen from Employment

July 22, 2015

On Tuesday, July 21, a San Francisco federal court ruled that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”) and the California State Personnel Board (“SPB”) violated federal civil rights law by denying employment to Victor Guerrero, now a naturalized U.S. citizen, because he had used an invalid Social Security number (“SSN”) to work while undocumented. Mr. Guerrero, a 15-year resident of Stockton, California, had applied to work as a correctional officer for CDCR in 2011 and 2013. Both times he was disqualified from the job for the same reason – truthfully disclosing during the application process prior use of an invalid SSN. More

Workers’ Rights Clinic Launches New Site in Watsonville

June 24, 2015

On July 14th, LAS-ELC will add Watsonville to its roster of Workers’ Rights Clinic sites, allowing greater numbers of low-wage workers in California to get free help with urgent workplace problems. In partnership with the Watsonville Law Center (WLC) and the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), the Watsonville Clinic site will be staffed by law counselors from the WLC who are supervised by attorneys from LAS-ELC and by volunteer attorneys from CELA. The Watsonville Clinic site will assist workers from Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Salinas and the surrounding areas with a wide range of workplace problems, including unpaid wages and overtime, health and safety violations and discrimination. More

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