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Workers File Suit Against Laundry Express For Wage and Hour Violations

February 26, 2014

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

LAS-ELC Helps Women Veterans at Bakersfield Stand Up

February 22, 2014

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

CA Paycheck Fairness Act Approved by Appropriations Committee

January 23, 2014

In an important step toward justice for victims of wage theft, AB 1164, the California Paycheck Fairness Act, passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee today by a vote of 12-5.More

Wage Claim Clinic Launched in Oakland and San Francisco

January 10, 2014

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

Caregivers Settle Wage Claim Against Residential Senior Care Facility

December 18, 2013

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

FAMILY Act Introduced to Create National Paid Family Leave

December 12, 2013

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

Formerly Undocumented U.S. Citizen Sues CA Dept of Corrections for Employment Discrimination

December 9, 2013

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

LAS-ELC Represents Victim of Sexual Assault Forced Out of Military After Reporting Attack

December 6, 2013

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

New CA Law Prohibits Job Discrimination Against Veterans

November 11, 2013

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

Domestic Violence Employment Protections Bill Becomes Law

October 11, 2013

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