Press Releases

Federal Judge in Gay and Lesbian State Employee Case Rules in Favor of Plaintiffs and Issues an Injunction

On Thursday, May 24, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted judgment in favor of gay and lesbian state workers who, together with their registered domestic partners, are excluded from equal access to California’s Long-Term Care Program. Judge Claudia Wilken issued the ruling in Dragovich v. CalPERS, a class action lawsuit … Continue reading “Federal Judge in Gay and Lesbian State Employee Case Rules in Favor of Plaintiffs and Issues an Injunction”

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Mayor Lee Signs Equal Pay Ordinance, Advancing Gender Equity in San Francisco

In a significant step forward for gender equity in San Francisco, on Friday Mayor Edwin Lee signed into law a local ordinance that requires companies that contract to do business with the city track and share data on pay equity.

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LAS-ELC Assists Veterans in L.A. at Largest Ever “Stand Down”

This weekend LAS-ELC provided employment legal services at the Los Angeles Stand Down for Military Veterans and their families, the largest “Stand Down” for homeless and hard-luck military veterans to ever take place in the country.

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Mayor Lee Signs Equal Pay Ordinance, Advancing Gender Equity in San Francisco

For Immediate Release           December 22, 2014 Contact: Cynthia Foster, Equal Rights Advocates, cfoster [at] equalrights.orgSara Feldman, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, sfeldman [at] las-elc.org, 415-593-0071 Mayor Lee Signs Equal Pay Ordinance, Advancing Gender Equity in San Francisco In a significant step forward for gender equity in San Francisco, on Friday Mayor Edwin Lee signed into … Continue reading “Mayor Lee Signs Equal Pay Ordinance, Advancing Gender Equity in San Francisco”

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Did You Work at Pier 1 in California While Pregnant?

The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is representing Kimberly Erin Caselman, in a class action alleging Ms. Caselman was forced onto unpaid leave after requesting pregnancy accommodations at her job at Pier 1 Imports.   

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LAS-ELC Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Pier 1 Imports for Pregnancy Discrimination

(San Jose, CA. April 16, 2014) Today, LAS-ELC filed a class action lawsuit in Santa Clara Superior Court against Pier 1 Imports, Inc. alleging pregnancy discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Kimberly Erin Caselman, the named plaintiff in this case, alleges she was denied reasonable accommodations for her pregnancy and was … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Pier 1 Imports for Pregnancy Discrimination”

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LAS-ELC Receives “Chairman Robert M. Dell Award for Extraordinary Pro Bono Service” Donation from Latham & Watkins LLP

LAS-ELC is deeply honored to have received the first awardee-directed donation associated with the “Chairman Robert M. Dell Award for Extraordinary Pro Bono Service” from Latham & Watkins LLP, which will enable us to provide free legal services to even greater numbers of low-income workers facing urgent workplace problems.

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U.S. Supreme Court Lets Stand Decision Affirming California Law Protections for Undocumented Workers

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the Supreme Court of California’s August 2014 opinion in Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., which reaffirmed that, with few exceptions, undocumented workers enjoy the same state law protections and remedies against workplace abuses as all other employees in the California workplace. 

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Welcome Lan Diep, Shartsis Fellow

We welcome our new Shartsis Fellow, Lan Diep, who will be supervising the Vietnamese American Workers’ Rights Project in the South Bay.  He will provide community outreach and public education on rights in the workplace and will engage in limited representation on behalf of low income Vietnamese American workers in and around San Jose.

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