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Hazardous Materials Laborers Allege Exploitation of Wage and Hour Law Against P.W. Stephens Environmental, Inc.

August 4, 2015

A federal collective and class action lawsuit was filed today on behalf of laborers against P.W. Stephens Environmental, Inc. (P.W. Stephens), alleging failure to pay minimum wage and overtime under federal and California laws, among other wage and hour claims.  The named plaintiff Aned Lopez and the putative class are represented by the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center and Leonard Carder LLP. P.W. Stephens employs hundreds of workers and has locations in Fremont/Hayward, Fresno, Huntington Beach, San Diego, and Sacramento.More

Federal Court Finds California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Violated Title VII by Barring U.S. Citizen from Employment

July 22, 2015

On Tuesday, July 21, a San Francisco federal court ruled that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”) and the California State Personnel Board (“SPB”) violated federal civil rights law by denying employment to Victor Guerrero, now a naturalized U.S. citizen, because he had used an invalid Social Security number (“SSN”) to work while undocumented. Mr. Guerrero, a 15-year resident of Stockton, California, had applied to work as a correctional officer for CDCR in 2011 and 2013. Both times he was disqualified from the job for the same reason – truthfully disclosing during the application process prior use of an invalid SSN.More

Workers’ Rights Clinic Launches New Site in Watsonville

June 24, 2015

On July 14th, LAS-ELC will add Watsonville to its roster of Workers’ Rights Clinic sites, allowing greater numbers of low-wage workers in California to get free help with urgent workplace problems. In partnership with the Watsonville Law Center (WLC) and the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), the Watsonville Clinic site will be staffed by law counselors from the WLC who are supervised by attorneys from LAS-ELC and by volunteer attorneys from CELA. The Watsonville Clinic site will assist workers from Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Salinas and the surrounding areas with a wide range of workplace problems, including unpaid wages and overtime, health and safety violations and discrimination.More

Female Athletes Reach Agreement with Clayton Valley Charter High School in Title IX Case

June 18, 2015

A settlement has been reached between Clayton Valley Charter High School (Clayton High) and its female athletes to increase equality in high school athletic opportunities, treatment and benefits. Clayton High has agreed to: improve and maintain equitable athletic facilities for girls and boys; offer additional girls’ athletic teams; increase outreach to girls to participate in sports; and provide additional Title IX training to its coaches and administrators, among other things.More

Domestic Worker Survives Human Trafficking, Celebrates Wage Theft Victory

June 16, 2015

On the heels of International Domestic Workers Day, Mujeres Unidas y Activas and LAS-ELC will bring visibility to a pivotal wage theft case in San Francisco at a June 17th press conference.  Francisca Vasquez, a domestic worker, attended to her employer's aging parents for nearly 20 years earning a mere $16 a day. Despite promises that she would be given the opportunity to learn how to read and write, and adjust her immigration status, her conditions as a trafficked live-in personal attendant, here in San Francisco, only worsened.More

Bills Expanding the Rights of Working Families Advance in Legislature

June 4, 2015

This week, three significant Work & Family bills advanced in the California Legislature. SB 406 (Jackson), which expands job-protected bonding and caregiving leave to those working for employers with at least 25 employees and to employees needing to care for seriously ill adult children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law, passed the Senate today. More

Mike Gaitley Receives UC Irvine School of Law's 2015 Community Pro Bono Advocate Award

June 1, 2015

We’re excited to announce that Mike Gaitley, LAS-ELC Senior Staff Attorney and Director of the Community Legal Services Program, is a recipient of UC Irvine School of Law’s 2015 Community Pro Bono Advocate AwardMore

Amelia Alvarez Named Second Sanford Heisler Kimpel Public Interest Diversity Fellow

May 22, 2015

LAS-ELC, Sanford Heisler Kimpel LLP and the California-based Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (FAIR) are thrilled to announce the selection of Amelia Alvarez as the second Sanford Heisler Kimpel Public Interest Diversity Fellow.More

LAS-ELC, CWLC & Simpson Thacher Urge Santa Paula High School to Ensure it Provides Equal Sports Opportunities to Girls

May 7, 2015

The most recent data from the federal Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ website indicates that at Santa Paula High School fewer girls played sports than boys in relation to enrollment.  More

Bills Expanding Workplace Protections Clear CA Senate Labor Committee

April 23, 2015

Yesterday four California bills sponsored or co-sponsored by LAS-ELC passed out of the Senate Labor Committee. SB 406 would give more employees job protection while caring for a new child or a seriously ill family member, and its passage takes us one step closer to expanding access to California’s landmark Paid Family Leave program. More