New at LAS-ELC

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. 

Governor signs law granting leave for child care emergencies

Press ReleaseOctober 12, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 579, authored by state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), which extends job protections to parents who take leave for child care emergencies or for visits to evaluate or enroll their children in school or care. 

Governor Brown Signs Nation's Strongest Pay Equity Bill into Law

Press ReleaseOctober 6, 2015

In a significant step forward for fair pay in California and across the country, today Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act. The new law will give the state the strongest equal pay law in the nation, and help a close a gender wage gap costing households in California more than 39 billion dollars each year.

Female Athletes and School District Settle Title IX Case After Ninth Circuit Ruling

Press ReleaseSeptember 18, 2015

The California Women’s Law Center (CWLC), the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and Sweetwater Union High School District have reached agreement to resolve issues in the class action lawsuit, Ollier v. Sweetwater Union High School District, et al., which addressed Title IX discrimination and retaliation issues at Castle Park High School.

LAS-ELC Adds Workers' Rights Clinic in East Palo Alto

New at LAS-ELCSeptember 14, 2015

On October 7th, LAS-ELC will add East Palo Alto 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 Stanford Law School, the East Palo Alto site will be staffed by law student counselors from Stanford Law School who will be supervised by attorneys from LAS-ELC and by experienced volunteer attorneys from the plaintiffs’ employment bar. More

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