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As part of a broader effort to protect the workplace rights of low-income cancer patients and caregivers, LAS-ELC’s Sharon Terman and Carole Vigne provided a know-your-rights training last night at the Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek. More
This past Saturday, LAS-LEC, in partnership with OneJustice’s Justice Bus Project, provided free legal employment-related assistance to nearly 20 low-income workers in Madera, CA as part of the Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic. More
Today LAS-ELC and Centro Legal de la Raza filed a lawsuit in California superior court against Laundry Express, an industrial laundry business headquartered in Hayward, California, that supplies area hotels, for violating minimum wage and overtime laws. More
Today LAS-ELC joined the California Women's Law Center to provide legal services to homeless women veterans in Bakersfield, CA at the Kern County Women Veterans Stand Up organized by California Veterans Assistance Association. More than 100 women veterans attended the event, and about a dozen sought legal services. More
Through our Workers’ Rights Clinic, we regularly see low-wage workers facing wage theft in a wide range of industries. The first step they can take to recover those wages is to file a claim with the California Labor Commissioner. More
LAS-ELC, Wage Justice Center, and Workplace Justice Initiative have helped secure $270,000 in unpaid wages and interest owed to four caregivers from their former employers who owned and operated the residential senior care facility Sunset Gardens. More
Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D‐NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D‐CT) introduced the FAMILY Act, legislation to establish a national paid family leave program. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act would offer 12 weeks of partially paid leave to eligible workers when they need time away from work to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill family member, deal with their own serious illness, or for certain military caregiving or leave purposes. More
Today, LAS-ELC filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Victor Guerrero, a naturalized American citizen and Stockton resident whose application to work as a correctional officer for the State of California has been twice rejected because of his prior use of an invalid Social Security number (“SSN”). More
This week, LAS-ELC Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Kristen, together with Cacilia Kim, Senior Staff Attorney at the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC), represented a 20 year-old member of the U.S. Air Force who was sexually assaulted by a superior non commissioned officer while serving his country before the Air Force’s Formal Physical Evaluation Board. More
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
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
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.