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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Passes Senate

June 28, 2013

Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform won a big victory on Thursday when the Senate, by an impressive 68-32 margin, voted to approve S. 744, a bipartisan bill that provides a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.  Importantly, the legislation strengthens legal protections for undocumented workers who come forward to complain about violations of the labor and employment laws committed by their employers.Read more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act

June 26, 2013

In a landmark 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  In U.S. v. Windsor the Court found that section 3 of DOMA, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, was unconstitutional.Read more

Supreme Court Rules on Affirmative Action

June 24, 2013

On June 24th, the United States Supreme Court issued a long awaited opinion on affirmative action in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas, but the ruling did little to change existing law with respect to the use of race as a criterion in university admissions.  In reality it was a non-opinion, as the Court sent the case back to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reevaluate its determination in light of the “doctrine of strict scrutiny.”Read more

Marsha Chien Critiques Rubio's English-Language Requirement Amendment in The Hill

June 24, 2013

In "The Hill", LAS-ELC Skadden Fellow Marsha Chien argues that the amendments to the immigration reform bill introduced by Senators Rubio and Fischer - which would exclude many immigrants from a path to legalization based on their languge ability - are "exclusionary, unprecedented, and unnecessary."Read the full article

Mobile Workers' Rights Clinic Coming to Contra Costa County

June 18, 2013

On July 15, 2013, LAS-ELC's Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic (Clinic) will partner with OneJustice’s Justice Bus® Project (Project) and Hanson Bridgett LLP to provide a free workers’ rights clinic to residents of Contra Costa County. Individuals attending the clinic will meet with volunteer attorneys and law students to discuss a variety of employment-related problems, including unpaid wages, unemployment insurance, discrimination, and much more.Read more

Jinny Kim

Jinny Kim named a "Top Labor & Employment Lawyer" by the Daily Journal

June 14, 2013

The Daily Journal has named Senior Staff Attorney Jinny Kim to its annual "Top Labor & Employment Lawyers" list, which honors leading attorneys in California whose work is making an impact on society and the legal profession.  Jinny is an accomplished civil rights litigator, who has, throughout her 14 year career, advocated for the employment rights of disabled workers.  Read more

Transgender Police Officer Settles Claim Against Bay Area Police Department

June 13, 2013

A settlement has been reached in a landmark discrimination case involving a transgender police officer in the Bay Area. The case was brought by the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and the Transgender Law Centeron behalf of “Officer T.,” a 17-year veteran of the police department who was subjected to serious discrimination and harassment by other officers after he transitioned from female to male.Read more

Fernando Flores

Fernando Flores Appointed to CA Bar's Labor & Employment Section Executive Committee

June 13, 2013

We are delighted to announce that LAS-ELC WageHELP Program Director Fernando Flores has been appointed to serve on the California State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee from October 2013 until October 2016.  As a member of this distinguished group, Fernando seeks to bring greater attention to the issues facing low-wage workers while helping the committee fulfill one of its core missions: advancing diversity in the legal profession.Read more

Chris Ho

Chris Ho Honored by Chinese for Affirmative Action

June 10, 2013

Chris Ho, Director of LAS-ELC’s National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program, was honored by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) for his work on behalf of immigrant and language minority communities at its Celebration of Justice on Thursday, June 6th.  The annual event honors key civic and community leaders engaged in the struggle for civil rights and social justice.  CAA recognized Chris for the National Origin Program’s landmark litigation victories in Singh v. Jutla and Rivera v. Nibco, Inc., cases that have set widely-cited legal precedent enabling undocumented workers to more readily vindicate their workplace rights without fear of employer retaliation.Read more

Combat Wage Discrimination, Retaliation, and Unequal Pay

June 10, 2013

June 10th, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, which requires employers to pay equal wages for equal work and expressly prohibits wage discrimination based on gender.  But the wage gap persists, closing by less than half a cent each year.  At this rate, it will take over 40 more years until women are paid equally for the work they do.Read more