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Prep cook files class action claiming popular Gordo Taqueria chain didn’t properly pay tips and overtime

Dec. 20, 2016, OAKLAND — A prep cook for Gordo Taqueria restaurants filed a class action lawsuit Friday on behalf of about 75 current and former workers for the popular chain, which operates in six locations in San Francisco and the East Bay, alleging it didn’t pay out tips to its employees or pay overtime … Continue reading “Prep cook files class action claiming popular Gordo Taqueria chain didn’t properly pay tips and overtime”

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Gender discrimination class action filed against Oregon district

DECEMBER 14, 2016 PORTLAND, ORE. — Students suing Lake Oswego School District near Portland over girls’ access to sports programs and facilities are seeking to expand their case to a class action and have brought in a nonprofit that has enforced Title IX in K-12 districts across California. The Fair Play project at Legal Aid … Continue reading “Gender discrimination class action filed against Oregon district”

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Governor signs law granting leave for child care emergencies

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 579, authored by state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), which extends job protections to parents who take leave for child care emergencies or for visits to evaluate or enroll their children in school or care.  “Parents need assurance they will not lose their job when they must miss work … Continue reading “Governor signs law granting leave for child care emergencies”

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National chain Safelite AutoGlass sued for race, disability discrimination

An Alameda County married couple claim their employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and discriminated and retaliated against them. They filed two lawsuits today against Safelite AutoGlass, which has 550 stores nationwide, with help from Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.  Christina Castillo — who worked processing inventory paperwork — alleges she was fired from … Continue reading “National chain Safelite AutoGlass sued for race, disability discrimination”

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LAS-ELC board gains three new members

Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is honored to announce that three prominent lawyers have joined its board of directors. Their varied talents and background will be enormously helpful to LAS-ELC as we celebrate 100 years of providing free legal services to low-income people and their families across California this year and into the future. Jacqueline Mottek, … Continue reading “LAS-ELC board gains three new members”

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Protect Our Defenders announces the two winners of first annual award: Both LAS-ELC attorneys

Today, Protect Our Defenders (POD), the only national human rights organization solely dedicated to ending the epidemic of harassment and sexual assault in the U.S. military, announced the first two winners of the “2016 Protect Our Defenders Justice Award.” The inaugural annual award is being given to two attorneys from the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law … Continue reading “Protect Our Defenders announces the two winners of first annual award: Both LAS-ELC attorneys”

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Female athletes gaining equity in Santa Paula

State data show that many schools and many park and recreation departments across California offer girls and boys unequal sports programs. Equity has been required by federal law since 1972. Santa Paula High School (SPHS) is making significant improvements after a legal team led by the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC), the California Women’s … Continue reading “Female athletes gaining equity in Santa Paula”

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Driver wins $480,000 for wages unpaid by tech entrepreneur

A former personal driver and bodyguard who worked nearly around the clock for most of a year without pay won a $480,727.81 award from the California Labor Commissioner for unpaid wages, damages, interest, and penalties. Khabib Lutfiyev started working for Gurbaksh Chahal — a tech entrepreneur who founded three startups — as his driver in … Continue reading “Driver wins $480,000 for wages unpaid by tech entrepreneur”

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USD School of Law announces new Workers’ Rights Clinic

Today, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law announced that it launched the Workers’ Rights Clinic, a collaboration with the state-wide Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. The new Clinic will expand access to free legal advice on employment-related issues for those most in need, low-income workers.  “We are honored that the Employment Law … Continue reading “USD School of Law announces new Workers’ Rights Clinic”

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