Press Releases

Elizabeth Kristen Selected as 2012 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard

Elizabeth Kristen, Director of Legal Aid’s Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program, has been selected as a 2012 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow.  As a Wasserstein Fellow, Elizabeth will spend two days in residence at Harvard Law School meeting with and mentoring Harvard law students who are considering a career in public interest law.

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Disability Rights Program takes on Law School Admissions Council for Discrimination Against Prospective Lawyers with Disabilities

On behalf of three individuals, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center is seeking permission to join a federal court case alleging that the Law School Admissions Council Discriminates against prospective lawyers with disabilities. According to the complaint, the LSAC excludes and discriminates against test-takers with disabilities by imposing onerous and unnecessary documentation requirements upon those … Continue reading “Disability Rights Program takes on Law School Admissions Council for Discrimination Against Prospective Lawyers with Disabilities”

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Skadden Fellowship Sponsorship

Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center is pleased to invite applications for sponsorship of a Skadden Fellow for the two-year period beginning in September 2013.  The two-year fellowship offers a recent law school graduate the opportunity to obtain training in litigation as well as many other aspects of public interest practice.  The Skadden Fellowship … Continue reading “Skadden Fellowship Sponsorship”

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Department of Labor Making Progress in Disability Employment Rights

Patricia A. Shiu, former Director of Programs at Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center and current director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, is pushing for big changes in the way that federal contractors make their hiring and employment decisions. Proposed regulations spearheaded by Director Shiu will require that federal … Continue reading “Department of Labor Making Progress in Disability Employment Rights”

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Fair Play for Girls in Sports: New LAS-ELC Project Launched

In order to promote the health, well-being, education, and employment opportunities for low-income girls in grades K–12, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center has established a new project: Fair Play for Girls in Sports. Helping to make this possible is a generous grant from John and Terry Levin and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family … Continue reading “Fair Play for Girls in Sports: New LAS-ELC Project Launched”

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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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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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