2015 Annual Fund Campaign

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Each year, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center depends primarily upon private contributions to provide critical legal services to low-wage workers who have been treated unlawfully on the job. We do not receive public funds to support our work.

Our clients include single mothers, pregnant women, disabled persons, people of color, members of the LGBT community, immigrants, and domestic violence survivors.

Read why one of our Attorney volunteers supports LAS–ELC.

  • We offer expert advice and representation, without charge, to working poor people who seek help with claims involving unpaid minimum or overtime wages; denials of medical and parenting leaves and disability-related accommodations; harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, disability, national origin, immigrant status, gender, and sexual orientation.
  • We carry a litigation docket that includes enforcement and impact cases on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged workers.
  • We direct weekly Workers’ Rights Clinics in three Bay Area locations plus a phone-in clinic that assists low-wage workers throughout the State and even nationally. The services given by these clinics to more than 2,000 clients annually include case assessment, counseling, referrals, and, in some instances, limited representation.
  • We involve more than 100 law school students and 120 volunteer attorneys each year in our clinics and they are active participants in delivering legal services to clients.
  • We employ a full-time Language Access Coordinator who ensures that our services are accessible to monolingual and limited English speaking workers.
  • We maintain a highly useable and informative website that is fully translated into Chinese and Spanish and is accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • We train and mentor new generations of civil rights lawyers through our intern and extern programs, and a variety of fellowships.

Your gift to our Annual Fund will help us continue this important work.

Make a gift online  |  Print a Donation Form to mail

The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center acknowledges the participation of our Annual Fund donors. See the announcement that appeared in The Recorder.

For more information about our programs and projects, please see our organization overview.


Managing Attorney William C. McNeill receives the Kutak-Dodds Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), as well as the Oberlin Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award. Senior Staff Attorney Christopher Ho receives the Alumni Public Service Award from Stanford Law School.


Senior Staff Attorney Claudia Center receives the Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights from the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law.


Senior Staff Attorney Sharon Terman receives the Stanford Law School Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award.


LAS-ELC launches a project to provide employment-related legal services to those who have served in the military and their families, called Jobs & Justice for Service Members, Veterans and Military Families.


Senior Staff Attorney Christopher Ho is honored by Chinese for Affirmative Action for his litigation on behalf of immigrants.


Participating in a broad coalition of civil rights leaders, LAS–ELC drafts portions of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, signed into law by President George W. Bush.


Senate Bill 400, cosponsored by LAS-ELC, is signed into law. It prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because they are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. And it requires employers to provide reasonable safety accommodations to survivors at work.


Senate Bill 770, sponsored by LAS–ELC, is signed into law. It expands Paid Family Leave to include caregiving for seriously ill siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law.


LAS-ELC helps ensure passage of the San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which gives more predictable schedules and greater opportunities for full-time work to restaurant and retail workers. 


Guo Jianmei, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Director of the Peking University Women’s Legal Aid Center asks staff attorneys Patricia Shiu and Elizabeth Kristen to partner on a pioneering legal initiative to address workplace sexual harassment in China. This effort has the potential to affect as many as 10 million low-income women in the Chinese textile and garment industry.


With the economy stagnant and unemployment high, calls to LAS–ELC’s free legal clinics spike. In 2009, the Workers Rights Clinics serve 2,800 low-wage individuals, and the work and family hotline responds to 1,000 calls.


The Workers’ Rights Clinic adds locations in Fresno and Santa Ana (Orange County).


LAS-ELC adds Workers' Rights Clinic location in Woodland to serve Davis/Sacramento area, in addition to San Francisco, Berkeley, Fresno and Santa Ana (Orange County).