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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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LAS-ELC Urges Alameda County to Focus on Needs of Inmates With Disabilities

The California correctional system is at a crossroads.  Decades of draconian policies have led to unprecedented rates of incarceration, particularly of persons of color and persons with significant disabilities.  Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling finding that overcrowded prisons violated the federal constitution, the Legislature and the Governor of California have decided to make structural … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Urges Alameda County to Focus on Needs of Inmates With Disabilities”

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DOL Interpretation of FMLA Allows More Workers to Care for Adult Children

LAS-ELC applauds the Department of Labor for acting to help workers care for family members in need.  In a new Administrator’s Interpretation issued January 14th, DOL clarified that parents may take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to tend to an adult child with a disability who is incapable of self-care, regardless … Continue reading “DOL Interpretation of FMLA Allows More Workers to Care for Adult Children”

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Legal Aid Defends Law Protecting Applicants With Disabilities

In 2012, with the support of the American Bar Association, the California Legislature enacted AB 2122, a law requiring that the administrator of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) provide testing accommodations to test-takers with disabilities who need them, and to cease its practice of “flagging” LSAT scores achieved with accommodations.

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LAS-ELC Welcomes VABANC Public Interest Fellow

We are thrilled to announce that the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) has awarded the annual VABANC Public Interest Fellowship to the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and Betty Duong.  The Fellowship funds a recent law graduate to provide legal services and advocacy to the Vietnamese American community and other underserved, underrepresented … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Welcomes VABANC Public Interest Fellow”

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LAS-ELC Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Employment Rights of Gender-Based Violence Survivors

The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is pleased to join with CALCASA and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence in co-sponsoring SB 400, introduced by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara). This bill will protect the employment rights of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.  If passed, California would join five other states (Illinois, … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Employment Rights of Gender-Based Violence Survivors”

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