Press Releases

Employees Denied Meal and Rest Breaks by HEI Hotels and Resorts Reach $130,000 Settlement Affirming Workers’ Rights

Demonstrating that employers who do not respect the law will be held to account, eighteen hotel employees reached a $130,000 settlement with HEI Hotels and Resorts over denial of meal and rest breaks required by California law.  The settlement arose from claims filed with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement by employees of the … Continue reading “Employees Denied Meal and Rest Breaks by HEI Hotels and Resorts Reach $130,000 Settlement Affirming Workers’ Rights”

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Call for Comments on Employment Eligibility Verification Process

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices of the U.S. Department of Justice—Civil Rights Division is accepting comments as it prepares to develop guidelines on the topic of employer self-audits of I-9 forms. Comments can be submitted by email to: Osc.Engagement@usdoj.gov, and must be received by Friday, November 9, 2012. The OSC … Continue reading “Call for Comments on Employment Eligibility Verification Process”

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Decision in Kirby v. Immoos Fire Protection, Inc.

On April 30, 2012, the California Supreme Court decided whether workers can recover or be subject to awards of attorneys fees when making meal and rest period claims. The Court in Kirby v. Immoos Fire Protection, Inc. held that, generally, claims alleging meal and rest period violations under Labor Code section 226.7 are not subject … Continue reading “Decision in Kirby v. Immoos Fire Protection, Inc.”

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Charlotte Noss honored by the California Domestic Workers Coalition

The California Domestic Workers Coalition recognized LAS-ELC attorney Charlotte Noss for her dedication to the fight for social justice for domestic workers.  The award honors her contributions and hard work to support the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights campaign.

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Assemblymembers Approve AB 2039

On May 30, 2012, the California Assembly passed AB 2039 (Swanson), a bill that would allow workers to take job-protected time off to care for seriously ill siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, adult children, and parents-in-law.  Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center is the organizational sponsor of AB 2039 and has long been at the forefront … Continue reading “Assemblymembers Approve AB 2039”

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Legal Aid Honored by UC Hastings for Student Training

The Civil Justice Clinic at UC Hastings College of Law has recognized Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center with its Community Partner Award for “Outstanding Commitment to Workers’ Rights and the Practical Training of Law Students.” Legal Aid has had a longstanding relationship with Hastings and the law school is a key partner in Legal Aid’s … Continue reading “Legal Aid Honored by UC Hastings for Student Training”

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Welcome Summer Law Clerks

Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is pleased to have the following law clerks join and work with us for the summer: Marisa Díaz (Stanford Law School), Sean Murphy (University of New Mexico School of Law), Marta Novoa (UC Davis School of Law), Viviana Santiago (UC Berkeley School of Law), Esmeralda Santos (UC Hastings College of … Continue reading “Welcome Summer Law Clerks”

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Legal Update: Federal Judge in Gay and Lesbian State Employee Case Hears Motion for Summary Judgment

Attorneys from Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center argued cross-motions for summary judgment in Dragovich v. CalPERS on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The motions were heard by Judge Claudia Wilken, United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The case raises constitutional claims of gay and lesbian state workers who, together with their same-sex … Continue reading “Legal Update: Federal Judge in Gay and Lesbian State Employee Case Hears Motion for Summary Judgment”

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Mothers in the Workforce: The Challenges of Child Care and Paid Leave

As more working mothers are—and remain—in the workforce, the issues of paid leave and equal pay for women have become more and more prominent.  Today, three quarters of women entering the workforce will become pregnant at least once while employed, and a  large proportion of them will remain in the workforce following childbirth. However, the … Continue reading “Mothers in the Workforce: The Challenges of Child Care and Paid Leave”

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