Cases

Fair Play for Girls in Sports

Title IX Claim against Pasadena Unified School District Settles. Girls Now Have Real Options for Sports Participation

In June 2014, the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center - together with the California Women’s Law Center, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP - settled a Title IX claim against Pasadena Unified School District after the District agreed to expand access to athletic opportunities for girls.

Leveling the Playing Field for Girls in High School Sports – Victory in San Diego

The benefits of participating in school sports go far beyond physical fitness. Studies show that high school girls who participate in team sports are less likely to drop out of school, smoke, drink, or become pregnant, and are more likely to go to college. The skills gained from sports participation, including teamwork, leadership, and discipline, are crucial to women’' success at work and in their personal lives.

Racial Equality

Thompson v. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Inc.

In 2001, the LAS–ELC, with local co-counsel, filed a class-action lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Inc. (formerly Ingalls Shipbuilding Company), the largest private employer in the State of Mississippi, The suit was filed on behalf of African-American employees who alleged race discrimination, retaliation and a racially hostile work environment.

National Origin / Immigration

Employment Laws Protect Live-In Domestic Workers

More than a million and a half domestic workers labor in U.S. households. Many have limited English skills and aren’t aware of employment laws designed to protect them.

Like many domestic workers, Vilma Serralta lived in her employer’s home. For four years, the 71-year old immigrant from El Salvador labored 80 hours a week as a live-in housekeeper and nanny in the Atherton home of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sakhawat Khan and his wife Roomy, a private investor.

LGBT Rights

Dragovich v. CalPERS

On May 24, 2012, a federal judge ruled in favor of a certified class of state workers and their spouses and registered domestic partners excluded from CalPERS-sponsored long-term care insurance, finding that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the equal protection guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. Read the court’s ruling