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Ellen Pao’s Trial Stood for Many Earning Far Less

Women's enews
Elizabeth Kristen

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Willits v. City of Los Angeles Sidewalk Settlement Announced

An agreement to resolve the Willits v. City of Los Angeles case was reached today that will result in a more than $1 billion investment in city sidewalk repairs and other pedestrian improvements. The class action sought to ensure better access for persons with mobility disabilities to the city’s sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian crossings … Continue reading “Willits v. City of Los Angeles Sidewalk Settlement Announced”

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FAMILY Act Introduced to Create National Paid Family Leave

Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D‐NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D‐CT) introduced the FAMILY Act, legislation to establish a national paid family leave program.  The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act would offer 12 weeks of partially paid leave to eligible workers when they need time away from work to bond with a new child, care … Continue reading “FAMILY Act Introduced to Create National Paid Family Leave”

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Elizabeth Kristen & Cacilia Kim Named California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year

We are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Kristen, LAS-ELC Senior Staff Attorney and Director of the Gender & LGBT Rights Program, and Cacilia Kim, LAS-ELC Special Counsel, have been named California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year by California Lawyer magazine for their victory in Ollier v. Sweetwater, a landmark Title IX case.

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Former Burlington Coat Factory Employee Files Class Action against Burlington Alleging Company Intimidates Employees to Pay for Common On-the-job Mistakes

Today, the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) and Chavez & Gertler LLP filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of current and former employees of Burlington Coat Factory in the California Superior Court for the County of San Mateo.  The complaint alleges that Burlington has a policy and practice of intimidating employees into paying … Continue reading “Former Burlington Coat Factory Employee Files Class Action against Burlington Alleging Company Intimidates Employees to Pay for Common On-the-job Mistakes”

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Leveling the Playing Field, Without Fear

Huffington Post
Kim Turner

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Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center Files Suit against Morton’s Restaurant Group Alleging Disability Discrimination

Today, the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) filed a lawsuit on behalf of plaintiff Richard Pelz against national restaurant company Landry’s, Inc. and its subsidiaries Morton’s The Steakhouse and Morton’s San Francisco asserting claims for disability-based discrimination, failure to reasonably accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, retaliation and unlawful business practices. The … Continue reading “Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center Files Suit against Morton’s Restaurant Group Alleging Disability Discrimination”

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Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic Provides Legal Assistance in Santa Rosa

This past Saturday, LAS-ELC, in partnership with OneJustice’s Justice Bus Project and Legal Aid of Sonoma County, provided free legal assistance to ten low-income workers in Santa Rosa, CA as part of the Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic.

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New CA Employment Laws Increase Protections for Workers

2015 is a big year for California workers, with over 30 new employment-related laws going into effect. Many of those laws will have a positive impact on the low-wage workers we serve, providing – among other things – paid sick leave, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and protections for unpaid interns and volunteers.

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