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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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Combat Wage Discrimination, Retaliation, and Unequal Pay

June 10th, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, which requires employers to pay equal wages for equal work and expressly prohibits wage discrimination based on gender.  But the wage gap persists, closing by less than half a cent each year.  At this rate, it will take over 40 more years until … Continue reading “Combat Wage Discrimination, Retaliation, and Unequal Pay”

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Chris Ho Honored by Chinese for Affirmative Action

Chris Ho, Director of LAS-ELC’s National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program, was honored by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) for his work on behalf of immigrant and language minority communities at its Celebration of Justice on Thursday, June 6th.  The annual event honors key civic and community leaders engaged in the struggle for civil rights … Continue reading “Chris Ho Honored by Chinese for Affirmative Action”

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California Senate Votes to Extend Paid Family Leave to Cover Additional Family Members

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Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center endorses Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On September 19, United States Senators Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will introduce the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in the Senate.  This bill would require employers to provide reasonable job modifications that would allow pregnant women to continue working and supporting their families.  These adjustments, such as avoiding heavy lifting or sitting on … Continue reading “Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center endorses Pregnant Workers Fairness Act”

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