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LAS-ELC Staff Attorney Explains Meal Break Laws on Radio Show

Fernando Flores of LAS–ELC’s Wage and Hour Enforcement Litigation Program (WageHELP) discusses legally mandated meal and rest breaks on KPCC’s AirTalk. The conversation comes as the California Supreme Court weighs the same issues in Brinker Restaurant Corp. et al. v. Superior Court of San Diego County. Listen to the episode

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Disability Workshop In Spanish

The Worker’ Rights Disability Law Clinic will host a free public workshop in Spanish:

Reasonable Accommodation and the Interactive Process
Tuesday, November 22 at 7pm
Ed Roberts Campus adjacent to the Asby BART Station
Osher Room (Ground Floor)
3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703

For more information, please call 415-864-8848 or email wrdlc@las-elc.org. If you are requesting communication services, please notify us 5 days in advance.

The Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic is sponsored by the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.

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Girls playing soccer

In order to promote the health, well-being, education, and employment opportunities for low-income girls in grades K–12, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center has established a new project: Fair Play for Girls in Sports.

Helping to make this possible is a generous grant from John and Terry Levin and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of California. This gift is to fund a two-year Fellowship named after John and Terry Levin. We are pleased to announce that Tamika Butler has been selected as the Fellow.

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Professor Pam Karlan to serve as Special Counsel to Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center is very pleased to announce that Professor Pam Karlan, one of the nation’s preeminent constitutional law experts, will serve as Special Counsel to the organization.

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Rivera Plaintiffs

Settlement Reached in Landmark Civil Rights Case

Twenty-three immigrant women workers who challenged English proficiency tests announced a settlement in their landmark federal civil rights case against a major multinational corporation.  In the course of two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, Rivera v. Nibco, Inc. created important national legal precedents and strengthened the rights of immigrant workers to bring claims of workplace abuse against their employers.

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Women's Rights Groups Ask Department of Education for a Title IX Review of Penn State

Following the recent allegations of sexual abuse at Penn State University, ten of the nation’s leading civil rights and women’s rights advocacy organizations have formally asked the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to undertake a Title IX compliance review of how the university handles allegations of sexual harassment, especially against athletes. The letter was signed by the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center along with representatives of Women’s Law Project, California Women’s Law Center, Legal Voice, Equal Rights Advocates, Equity Legal, National Women’s Law Center, Women’s Sports Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, and Southwest Women’s Law Center. See the full request letter

Free Workers’ Compensation Clinic in English and Spanish

On January 31, the Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic will host a free Workers’ Compensation clinic. Volunteer Workers’ Comp attorneys from Worksafe will provide free counseling on Workers’ Comp issues. Spanish-speaking attorneys will be available.

Workers’ Compensation clinic
Tuesday, January 31; appointments beginning at 6:30 pm
Ed Roberts Campus adjacent to the Asby BART Station
3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703

The clinic is by appointment only; please call 415-864-8848.

NLRB rules that employees are entitled to bring employment-related claims as class or collective actions, in court or arbitration proceedings

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)—the federal decision-making body that oversees relations between labor unions and private employers—recently declared that employees must be allowed to pursue their workplace grievances through collective or class-wide actions, whether it be through litigation or arbitration.

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Stand Up for Justice - January 18

Join the legal community, judges, labor and others at our rally to support adequate court funding for the justice system. On Wednesday, January 18th at noon, the rally takes place in downtown Los Angeles on Grand Avenue, in front of the Disney Concert Hall. Speakers will include Governor Gray Davis, Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno (ret.) and Senator Joe Dunn (ret.). A statement from Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Assembly member Michael Feuer will be presented.

See event flyer.

Today, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California rejected the federal government’s request to dismiss the constitutional claims of gay and lesbian state workers who, together with their registered domestic partners, are excluded from equal access to California’s Long-Term Care Program.

Judge Claudia Wilken issued the ruling in Dragovich v. CalPERS, a class action lawsuit challenging federal and state laws including the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which regulate state-sponsored long-term care plans. These laws permit employees and an array of family members to join such plans, including opposite-sex spouses, but exclude the spouses and registered domestic partners of gay and lesbian workers.

“Registering as domestic partners is the only legal status currently available to gay and lesbian couples in California,” said Claudia Center of Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center. “These couples have agreed to take on all of the obligations of marriage, and are entitled to fair and equal treatment from the federal government.”

Read the news release