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LAS-ELC’s Julia Parish Joins Officials in Calling for Family Friendly Workplace Policies at DOL Regional Forum

May 27, 2014

At the U.S Department of Labor Regional Forum on Working Families in San Francisco, LAS-ELC attorney Julia Parish addressed the future of work family policy, touching upon the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, paid family leave and new workplace protections that come with SB 770.More

Plaintiffs Seek Court Approval of Settlement to Eliminate Bias against People with Disabilities in Law School Admissions

May 20, 2014

LAS-ELC today announced that it is seeking approval of a multimillion-dollar settlement that requires the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to offer the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) – the high stakes entrance examination for law school – in a place and manner accessible to persons with disabilities, thereby ensuring that people with disabilities will not be discriminated against.   More

Healthy Mothers Workplace Award to Recognize Family-Friendly Businesses

May 8, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Healthy Mothers Workplace Award will recognize San Francisco businesses that support work-family balance. In 2013, 18 local companies were honored for having family-friendly policies such as lactation accommodations, leaves of absence and flexible work arrangements. More

LAS-ELC Welcomes Diane Webb as Chief Program Officer

April 28, 2014

We are delighted to announce that Diane Webb has joined the LAS-ELC team as Chief Program Officer (CPO). Having begun her legal career at LAS-ELC in 1998 as a John A. Sutro Public Service Fellow, Diane returns to our organization from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where she was a litigation partner from 2006-2014.More

Bill McNeill Honored by NAACP and BASF

April 21, 2014

Bill McNeill, Director of LAS-ELC’s Racial Equality Program, was recently selected by the NAACP as a "2014 Unsung Hero of Black History" and by The Bar Association of San Francisco as an "Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service". The NAACP honored Bill for his lifelong dedication to ensuring that all people get fair employment treatment.More

LAS-ELC Files Class Action Suit Against Pier 1 for Pregnancy Discrimination

April 16, 2014

Today, LAS-ELC filed a class action lawsuit in Santa Clara Superior Court against Pier 1 Imports, Inc. alleging pregnancy discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Kimberly Erin Caselman, the named plaintiff in this case, alleges she was denied reasonable accommodations for her pregnancy and was placed on involuntary leave per pursuant to Pier 1’s policy.More

Riviera Consulting to Pay $100K to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

April 15, 2014

A San Jose-based business has agreed to pay $100,000 to a former employee who was fired because of his vision impairment. The company will also implement new policies and training in order to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit.More

Help Close the Wage Gap on Equal Pay Day

April 8, 2014

When the Equal Pay Act was signed into law in 1969, women made $0.59 to every dollar made by men. Over fifty years later, the disparity has only lessened slightly – today, women make $0.77 on the dollar. On this Equal Pay Day we call on Congress to close the wage gap by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, and we hope you will join us.More

Chris Ho Argues Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co. Before CA Supreme Court

April 2, 2014

Today, LAS-ELC Senior Staff Attorney Chris Ho appeared before the California Supreme Court and argued on behalf of the plaintiff in Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., a case that considers whether the workplace protections provided by California law apply to all employees -- and, in particular, those who are undocumented.More

LAS-ELC Provides Free Legal Assistance to Workers in Hanford

March 24, 2014

Last week, LAS-ELC and students from the University of Southern California Law School travelled to Hanford, California as part of the Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic in order to provide free legal services to a variety of low-income residents and educate them about their rights.  More