Press Releases

LAS-ELC Welcomes Diane Webb as Chief Program Officer

We are delighted to announce that Diane Webb has joined the LAS-ELC team as Chief Program Officer (CPO). Having begun her legal career at LAS-ELC in 1998 as a John A. Sutro Public Service Fellow, Diane returns to our organization from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where she was a litigation partner from 2006-2014.

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Bill McNeill Honored by NAACP and BASF

Bill McNeill, Director of LAS-ELC’s Racial Equality Program, was recently selected by the NAACP as a “2014 Unsung Hero of Black History” and by The Bar Association of San Francisco as an “Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service”. The NAACP honored Bill for his lifelong dedication to ensuring that all people get fair employment treatment.

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LAS-ELC Files Class Action Suit Against Pier 1 for Pregnancy Discrimination

Today, LAS-ELC filed a class action lawsuit in Santa Clara Superior Court against Pier 1 Imports, Inc. alleging pregnancy discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Kimberly Erin Caselman, the named plaintiff in this case, alleges she was denied reasonable accommodations for her pregnancy and was placed on involuntary leave per pursuant … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Files Class Action Suit Against Pier 1 for Pregnancy Discrimination”

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Riviera Consulting to Pay $100K to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

A San Jose-based business has agreed to pay $100,000 to a former employee who was fired because of his vision impairment. The company will also implement new policies and training in order to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit.

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Riviera Consulting & Management to Pay $100,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

(San Jose, CA) A San Jose-based business has agreed to pay $100,000 to a former employee who was fired because of his vision impairment. The company will also implement new policies and training in order to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit.

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Help Close the Wage Gap on Equal Pay Day

When the Equal Pay Act was signed into law in 1969, women made $0.59 to every dollar made by men. Over fifty years later, the disparity has only lessened slightly – today, women make $0.77 on the dollar. On this Equal Pay Day we call on Congress to close the wage gap by passing the … Continue reading “Help Close the Wage Gap on Equal Pay Day”

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LAS-ELC Joins Groups in Applauding Revised FEHC Pregnancy Regulations

In a press release on December 6th, 2012, in concert with a coalition of women’s and civil rights organizations, Legal Aid commended the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) for approving revised pregnancy regulations. When these regulations become effective on December 30, 2012, they will clarify the legal requirement that employers provide reasonable accommodations to … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Joins Groups in Applauding Revised FEHC Pregnancy Regulations”

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New Data Regarding Workers’ Access to and Use of Leave

On August 16, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data from the 2011 American Time Use Survey. Among the findings were that: 4 in 10 workers lack access to paid leave; and Low-wage workers, Latino workers, those with poorer health, and those whose jobs place them in direct contact with the public (such as retail … Continue reading “New Data Regarding Workers’ Access to and Use of Leave”

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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds Sweetwater Union High School District in Violation of Title IX

Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s ruling that Sweetwater Union High School District is out of compliance with Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, which bars sex discrimination in education, including athletic programs. By affirming the lower court’s decision, the Ninth Circuit ensured that girls at Castle Park High … Continue reading “Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds Sweetwater Union High School District in Violation of Title IX”

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