The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center has many programs and projects designed to protect the right of low-income employees to work in a safe, respectful environment that is free from discrimination and in compliance with the law.
Learn more about our areas of work:
Leaves of absence; pregnancy/bonding
Leaves of absence; court appearances
Discrimination against girls in sports programs
Harassment based on sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation
Discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation; leaves of absence
Veterans and Military Families Employment Project
Time off for military obligations or care giving; discrimination based on military or veteran status
Discrimination and harassment based on race; affirmative action
Unpaid work; minimum wage violations; overtime violations
Unemployment insurance eligibility and appeals
Discrimination and harassment based on physical and mental health disabilities
Discrimination and harassment based on national origin; immigration & employment; undocumented workers
Language discrimination in employment, government and business services, and education
Workers’ Rights Clinics offer reliable counseling, information, and referrals to low-income and unemployed workers. Several locations in California, plus a phone-in clinic that assists clients throughout California.
The tools we use include:
Advice and Information:
LAS–ELC provides assistance and legal advice to workers through various hotlines and clinics.
LAS-ELC provides direct legal services, from pursuing administrative complaints to litigating cases in state and federal court.
LAS–ELC participates in legislative efforts to promote and protect the rights of low-wage workers at the local, state, and federal level.
Public Education and Outreach:
LAS-ELC offers workshops and trainings for workers, advocates, and health care providers regarding the employment rights of poor families. We also provide self-help tools, fact sheets, and other reference materials in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
LAS-ELC collaborates with a range of advocates and communities to identify and protect the interests of persons with disabilities, LGBT people, women, people of color, immigrants, language minorities, veterans and military service members, and working people with caretaking obligations.