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LAS-ELC Welcomes New Staff in Language Rights, Gender Equity, and Communications

The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center is very pleased to welcome three new staff members: Marsha Chien, Skadden Fellow in the National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program; Kim Turner, the John and Terry Levin Fellow for the Fair Play for Girls in Sports Project; and Sara Feldman, Communications Manager. We are delighted that Marsha, … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Welcomes New Staff in Language Rights, Gender Equity, and Communications”

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NLRB rules that employees are entitled to bring employment-related claims as class or collective actions, in court or arbitration proceedings

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)—the federal decision-making body that oversees relations between labor unions and private employers—recently declared that employees must be allowed to pursue their workplace grievances through collective or class-wide actions, whether it be through litigation or arbitration.

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High School Girl Athletes Win Major Title IX Class Action Case in U.S. District Court Against Sweetwater Union School District

In a potentially precedent-setting decision, Judge James M. Lorenz of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Thursday ruled in favor of a group of female athletes in a Title IX class action lawsuit against the Sweetwater Union High School District. The judge determined the school district unfairly favored boys’ sports … Continue reading “High School Girl Athletes Win Major Title IX Class Action Case in U.S. District Court Against Sweetwater Union School District”

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Federal Extensions of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Authorized—But Shortened—for Unemployed Californians

Late last month, Congress and President Obama extended federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, previously set to expire at the end of this month, through the end of February 2012. While the renewal of federal UI is a tremendous relief to the approximately 1.1 million Californians who depend on these benefits to survive while looking for … Continue reading “Federal Extensions of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Authorized—But Shortened—for Unemployed Californians”

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Legal Aid Supports Department of Labor Proposal to Strengthen Protections for Domestic Workers; Calls on Administration to Ensure Funding

The U.S. Department of Labor is currently considering proposed regulations that will improve working conditions for domestic workers across the United States. These regulations would place more workers who provide home care to persons with disabilities, including aging person, under the protections of the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). However, the mechanisms for providing in-home … Continue reading “Legal Aid Supports Department of Labor Proposal to Strengthen Protections for Domestic Workers; Calls on Administration to Ensure Funding”

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Settlement Reached in Landmark Civil Rights Case

Twenty-three immigrant women workers who challenged English proficiency tests announced a settlement in their landmark federal civil rights case against a major multinational corporation.  In the course of two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, Rivera v. Nibco, Inc. created important national legal precedents and strengthened the rights of immigrant workers to bring claims of … Continue reading “Settlement Reached in Landmark Civil Rights Case”

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Settlement Reached in Landmark Civil Rights Case

Twenty-three immigrant women workers who challenged English proficiency tests announced a settlement in their landmark federal civil rights case against a major multinational corporation. In the course of two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, Rivera v. Nibco, Inc. created important national legal precedents and strengthened the rights of immigrant workers to bring claims of workplace abuse … Continue reading “Settlement Reached in Landmark Civil Rights Case”

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A Video Introduction to the Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic

Watch a video report from The Recorder on the newly launched Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic, at the Ed Roberts Clinic in Berkeley. The new Clinic is a project of the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund and is now providing a full array of free counseling, advice, … Continue reading “A Video Introduction to the Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic”

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California Supreme Court Grants Review of Anti-Immigrant Worker Decision

On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, the California Supreme Court agreed to review a lower-court opinion in a civil rights case that will have a broad impact on the rights of immigrant workers in California. In its Petition for Review to the California Supreme Court, the LAS–ELC argued that the lower court had ignored well-established laws … Continue reading “California Supreme Court Grants Review of Anti-Immigrant Worker Decision”

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