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Elizabeth Kristen & Cacilia Kim Named California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year

February 18, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Kristen, LAS-ELC Senior Staff Attorney and Director of the Gender & LGBT Rights Program, and Cacilia Kim, LAS-ELC Special Counsel, have been named California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year by California Lawyer magazine for their victory in Ollier v. Sweetwater, a landmark Title IX case.More

Class Action Filed against Burlington Coat Factory Alleging Company Intimidates Employees to Pay for Common On-the-job Mistakes

February 5, 2015

LAS-ELC and Chavez & Gertler LLP filed a class action lawsuit today on behalf of current and former employees of Burlington Coat Factory in the California Superior Court for the County of San Mateo. The complaint alleges that Burlington has a policy and practice of intimidating employees into paying the company for common on-the-job mistakes, which the law prohibits.  More

LAS-ELC Files Suit against Morton’s Restaurant Group Alleging Disability Discrimination

February 4, 2015

LAS-ELC today filed a lawsuit on behalf of plaintiff Richard Pelz against national restaurant company Landry’s, Inc. and its subsidiaries Morton’s The Steakhouse and Morton’s San Francisco asserting claims for disability-based discrimination, failure to reasonably accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, retaliation and unlawful business practices. The complaint alleges that Landry’s and Morton’s unlawfully terminated Mr. Pelz plaintiff during his doctor-mandated leave after he suffered a traumatic brain injury.  More

Mobile Workers' Rights Clinic Provides Legal Assistance in Santa Rosa

January 26, 2015

This past Saturday, LAS-ELC, in partnership with OneJustice’s Justice Bus Project and Legal Aid of Sonoma County, provided free legal assistance to ten low-income workers in Santa Rosa, CA as part of the Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic.More

New CA Employment Laws Increase Protections for Workers

January 14, 2015

2015 is a big year for California workers, with over 30 new employment-related laws going into effect. Many of those laws will have a positive impact on the low-wage workers we serve, providing – among other things - paid sick leave, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and protections for unpaid interns and volunteers.More

LAS-ELC Assists Veterans in L.A. at Largest Ever “Stand Down”

December 22, 2014

This weekend LAS-ELC provided employment legal services at the Los Angeles Stand Down for Military Veterans and their families, the largest "Stand Down" for homeless and hard-luck military veterans to ever take place in the country.More

Mayor Lee Signs Equal Pay Ordinance, Advancing Gender Equity in San Francisco

December 22, 2014

In a significant step forward for gender equity in San Francisco, on Friday Mayor Edwin Lee signed into law a local ordinance that requires companies that contract to do business with the city track and share data on pay equity. More

Did You Work at Pier 1 in California While Pregnant?

December 19, 2014

The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is representing Kimberly Erin Caselman, in a class action alleging Ms. Caselman was forced onto unpaid leave after requesting pregnancy accommodations at her job at Pier 1 Imports.   More

LAS-ELC Receives "Chairman Robert M. Dell Award for Extraordinary Pro Bono Service" Donation from Latham & Watkins LLP

December 18, 2014

LAS-ELC is deeply honored to have received the first awardee-directed donation associated with the "Chairman Robert M. Dell Award for Extraordinary Pro Bono Service" from Latham & Watkins LLP, which will enable us to provide free legal services to even greater numbers of low-income workers facing urgent workplace problems. More

U.S. Supreme Court Lets Stand Decision Affirming California Law Protections for Undocumented Workers

December 8, 2014

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the Supreme Court of California's August 2014 opinion in Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., which reaffirmed that, with few exceptions, undocumented workers enjoy the same state law protections and remedies against workplace abuses as all other employees in the California workplace. More