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It's time to join the industrialized world

When U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez swung through Silicon Valley talking about paid family leave, he headlined an event at SurveyMonkey, where he was followed immediately by LAS-ELC staff attorney Julia Parish. Julia spoke about why LAS-ELC advocates expanding leave, even in California, which has been leading on the issue since becoming the first … Continue reading “It's time to join the industrialized world”

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Highlights of 2015 at LAS-ELC

It’s gratifying to see the nation’s attention turning to issues that LAS-ELC helps clients tackle year in and year out, including income disparity, wage theft, family and medical leave, discrimination, and retaliation.  Here are a few of our notable achievements of this year. Our Workers’ Rights Clinic has served more than 1,200 people across California fighting unpaid wages, unjust … Continue reading “Highlights of 2015 at LAS-ELC”

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Excellent lawyering is something everyone needs

When you read about legal services for low-income people, you probably expect to hear about unlawful employment practices and our deep commitment and the thousands of people we help. But you also should know that some of the very smartest lawyers anywhere are doing this work.  A two-time graduate of Stanford University and a new lawyer admitted … Continue reading “Excellent lawyering is something everyone needs”

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National coalition pushes Supreme Court to hear DACA/DAPA case

Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is among 224 groups nationwide, including legal organizations, unions, and social service groups, that are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case brought in 2014 by 26 states led by Texas over the Obama administration’s immigration reforms. The 224 groups argue in their amicus brief, filed Dec. 1, that the reforms President Obama announced a year ago will help millions … Continue reading “National coalition pushes Supreme Court to hear DACA/DAPA case”

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Remember low-income workers on Giving Tuesday

Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center advises thousands of people each year like Hai Sheng Hu, who cannot afford the representation they need to realize their rights.  A mover and truck driver, Hu needed medical leave to undergo treatment for lung cancer, but when he asked for it he was fired. He couldn’t fight his termination at first, no matter … Continue reading “Remember low-income workers on Giving Tuesday”

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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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