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Former Calif. Supreme Court Justice Grodin is Honored at UC Hastings

Former California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin, who served 15 years on the board of Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, was honored by UC Hastings with a tribute attended by more than 150 lawyers and judges. Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon gave the keynote speech, with introductory remarks from longtime trial lawyer James J. Brosnahan, senior counsel with … Continue reading “Former Calif. Supreme Court Justice Grodin is Honored at UC Hastings”

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Family Caregivers Gain Flexibility with San Francisco Ordinance – Webinar

Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center staff attorney Julia Parish and Richa Dhanju with the city’s Department on the Status of Women participated in a webinar explaining San Francisco’s rules allowing workers to request scheduling that accommodates their caregiving obligations.  The city’s Family-Friendly Workplace Ordinance took effect in 2014. It applies to anyone employed for at least six months at any San Francisco workplace with … Continue reading “Family Caregivers Gain Flexibility with San Francisco Ordinance – Webinar”

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Willie Smith, LAS-ELC friend and colleague, will be missed by many

The Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center mourns the passing on July 21, 2015 of Willie Smith, a legendary civil rights litigator in Fresno who, over the course of a four-decade legal career, relentlessly defended the workplace rights of employees throughout California’s Central Valley. Born and raised in Fresno, Willie was a standout defensive … Continue reading “Willie Smith, LAS-ELC friend and colleague, will be missed by many”

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Citlalli Ochoa's international experiences molded aspirations for helping workers worldwide

Citlalli Ochoa is passionate about human rights and her goal is to work with the United Nations in international women’s and workers’ rights issues. One of the Gender Equity/LGBT Rights Program’s Robert M. Dell Student Advocates this summer, Citlali is going into her third year at University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law).Her … Continue reading “Citlalli Ochoa's international experiences molded aspirations for helping workers worldwide”

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Personal experience and service to the JusticeCorps shaped Monica Porter's future in advocacy

A San Mateo native, Robert M. Dell Student Advocate Monica Porter is enjoying being home in the Bay Area this summer, deepening her disability rights law experience with the Disability Rights Program. Going into her third year at George Washington University Law School (GW Law) in Washington, D.C., Monica developed her expertise in disability rights … Continue reading “Personal experience and service to the JusticeCorps shaped Monica Porter's future in advocacy”

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New York Times Highlights the Role of Doctors’ Notes in Securing Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

A July 8, 2015 New York Times article discusses the important role that doctors’ notes can play in helping women stay healthy and employed during their pregnancies. Pregnancy often gives rise to conditions – like back pain, morning sickness, or gestational diabetes – that require accommodations at work.  And many doctors advise modest workplace changes … Continue reading “New York Times Highlights the Role of Doctors’ Notes in Securing Accommodations for Pregnant Workers”

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Court Holds Nursing Mothers May Seek Lost Wages for Denial of Lactation Accommodations

After Aida Lico returned from maternity leave to her job at T.D. Bank, she needed to pump breast milk at work to nurse her infant child. According to Ms. Lico’s court-filed complaint, the Bank’s Branch Assistant Manager told her she must take her lactation breaks in the restroom. She objected because she felt the restroom … Continue reading “Court Holds Nursing Mothers May Seek Lost Wages for Denial of Lactation Accommodations”

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Allyssa Villanueva Aims to Ensure Equality for Students and Workers in Hometown Oakland

UC Hasting College of the Law student Allyssa Villanueva is a Bay Area native born and raised in Oakland – where she aims to work in public service after law school and make her mark in ensuring racial equality in education and employment. This summer’s Robert M. Dell Student Advocate in the Racial Equality Program, … Continue reading “Allyssa Villanueva Aims to Ensure Equality for Students and Workers in Hometown Oakland”

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Fathers Shouldn't Have to Choose Between Job & Family

Sunday, June 21st, was Alfonso Garcia’s first Father’s Day. His baby Naomi was born on May 26th. Alfonso works as battery technician for an emergency road side service company in Mountain View. After his partner Gardenia gave birth to their daughter, the pediatrician told Alfonso and Gardenia that their baby required a special battery of … Continue reading “Fathers Shouldn't Have to Choose Between Job & Family”

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