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Female athletes gaining equity in Santa Paula

Press ReleaseFebruary 29, 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.

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

Women's Equality Day, August 26, 2015

Press ReleaseAugust 25, 2015

An historic coalition of advocacy and faith-based groups from across California will mark Women’s Equality Day this Wednesday, August 26 by gathering on the State Capitol at 11:45 a.m. to celebrate the progress made so far in this legislative session in support of women and families and to encourage the legislators and Governor to complete their work of ensuring that California is a state where women and families can thrive by working to ensure women’s economic security in California.

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

Press ReleaseAugust 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.