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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

Obama Acts to Protect Millions of Undocumented Immigrants from Deportation

November 21, 2014

The steps taken by President Obama to provide immigration relief to millions of deserving immigrants are steps in the right direction.More

S.F. Supervisors Vote Unanimously to Approve Retail Workers' Bill of Rights

November 20, 2014

Yesterday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which will give more predictable schedules and greater opportunities for full time work to restaurant and retail workers.More

Workers’ Rights Clinic Launches New Site in Davis

November 14, 2014

Together with the Center for Workers’ Rights, LAS-ELC has launched a new Workers’ Rights Clinic site in Davis. As the only clinic providing free legal services to undocumented workers within a sixty mile radius of Davis, this new Workers’ Rights Clinic site has already served 43 low-wage workers in its first four sessions.More

New Fair Play Act Toolkit Materials

November 10, 2014

Our Fair Play for Girls in Sports project is thrilled to unveil new toolkit materials for the Fair Play in Community Sports Act (AB 2404) to help community members and park and recreation departments achieve gender equity in local sports programs.More

Workplace Protections Keep Domestic Violence Survivors Safe and Financially Independent

October 28, 2014

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to draw attention to a pervasive and devastating problem. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 22.2 percent of women and 7.4 percent of men have been physically assaulted by an intimate partner in their lifetime.More

SF Supervisor Chiu Announces Legislation Promoting Predictable Schedules for Hourly Workers

September 30, 2014

Supervisor David Chiu today announced the introduction of city-wide legislation that, if enacted, will give thousands of hourly workers in the city of San Francisco the predictable schedules—and regular pay—they need to secure their families’ well-being.More