Press Releases

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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Federal Judge in Gay and Lesbian State Employee Case Rules in Favor of Plaintiffs and Issues an Injunction

On Thursday, May 24, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted judgment in favor of gay and lesbian state workers who, together with their registered domestic partners, are excluded from equal access to California’s Long-Term Care Program. Judge Claudia Wilken issued the ruling in Dragovich v. CalPERS, a class action lawsuit … Continue reading “Federal Judge in Gay and Lesbian State Employee Case Rules in Favor of Plaintiffs and Issues an Injunction”

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Mayor Lee Signs Equal Pay Ordinance, Advancing Gender Equity in San Francisco

In a significant step forward for gender equity in San Francisco, on Friday Mayor Edwin Lee signed into law a local ordinance that requires companies that contract to do business with the city track and share data on pay equity.

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LAS-ELC Assists Veterans in L.A. at Largest Ever “Stand Down”

This weekend LAS-ELC provided employment legal services at the Los Angeles Stand Down for Military Veterans and their families, the largest “Stand Down” for homeless and hard-luck military veterans to ever take place in the country.

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