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Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic Coming to Contra Costa County

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 … Continue reading “Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic Coming to Contra Costa County”

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New Videos Provide Employment Law Information in American Sign Language (ASL)

Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center is proud to announce the launch of six innovative “know your rights” videos in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning. The informational videos, the first of their kind in the nation, provide critical legal information in a format accessible to deaf and hard of hearing workers.   The videos … Continue reading “New Videos Provide Employment Law Information in American Sign Language (ASL)”

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Passes Senate

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 … Continue reading “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Passes Senate”

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act

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.

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Immigrants Who Struggle to Learn English Shouldn’t Be Needlessly Punished

The Hill
Marsha Chien

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The Justice Bus Project and the Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic Partner to Bring Free Legal Services to Low-Wage Workers and Recently Unemployed Persons in Contra Costa County

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

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.”

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Transgender Police Officer Settles Claim Against Bay Area Police Department

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Transgender Police Officer Settles Claim Against Bay Area Police Department

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 … Continue reading “Transgender Police Officer Settles Claim Against Bay Area Police Department”

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