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Fishermen claim human trafficking, horrific conditions on American boat based in San Francisco, Honolulu

Press ReleaseSeptember 22, 2016

Two men from Indonesia filed a federal lawsuit here today alleging that they were induced to pay high recruitment fees to work for a U.S.-based fishing vessel, whose captain mistreated them, isolated them at sea for months at a time, and didn’t pay them according to the terms of their employment contract — much less the minimum wage.

Innovation continues as Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center celebrates 100th anniversary

Press ReleaseSeptember 20, 2016

After a century of service to low-income people in San Francisco and statewide, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is celebrating — and raising funds to help expand our Workers’ Rights Clinic.

Workers for popular Burma Superstar restaurants file class action over wages, breaks, sick pay

Press ReleaseSeptember 9, 2016

Current and former employees of Burma Superstar filed a lawsuit today on behalf of about 100 kitchen staff at its chain of restaurants on both sides of San Francisco Bay. They allege the owners failed to pay many workers the minimum wage and routinely denied workers overtime pay, breaks, and sick leave they were due.

USD School of Law announces new Workers' Rights Clinic

Press ReleaseAugust 30, 2016

Today, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law announced that it launched the Workers’ Rights Clinic, a collaboration with the state-wide Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. The new Clinic will expand access to free legal advice on employment-related issues for those most in need, low-income workers.

Driver wins $480,000 for wages unpaid by tech entrepreneur

Press ReleaseMarch 2, 2016

A former personal driver and bodyguard who worked nearly around the clock for most of a year without pay won a $480,727.81 award from the California Labor Commissioner for unpaid wages, damages, interest, and penalties.

Female athletes gaining equity in Santa Paula

Press ReleaseFebruary 11, 2016

State data show that many schools and many park and recreation departments across California offer girls and boys unequal sports programs. Equity has been required by federal law since 1972.

Female Student Athletes, Always Second-Class

PublicationFebruary 3, 2016

Protect Our Defenders announces the two winners of first annual award: Both LAS-ELC attorneys

Press ReleaseJanuary 20, 2016

Today, Protect Our Defenders (POD), the only national human rights organization solely dedicated to ending the epidemic of harassment and sexual assault in the U.S.

LAS-ELC board gains three new members

Press ReleaseJanuary 7, 2016

Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is honored to announce that three prominent lawyers have joined its board of directors. Their varied talents and background will be enormously helpful to LAS-ELC as we celebrate 100 years of providing free legal services to low-income people and their families across California this year and into the future.

Christina and Mauro Castillo

National chain Safelite AutoGlass sued for race, disability discrimination

Press ReleaseDecember 9, 2015

An Alameda County married couple claim their employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and discriminated and retaliated against them. They filed two lawsuits today against Safelite AutoGlass, which has 550 stores nationwide, with help from Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. 

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