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California Supreme Court Issues Major Victory for Workers in Paratransit, Inc. v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board

July 7, 2014

Last week, on July 3rd, 2014, in a major victory for California’s workers, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that workers are not disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance benefits simply for refusing to sign disciplinary notices.  The case, Paratransit, Inc. v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, threatened to gut workers’ ability to receive unemployment insurance benefits in California.More

California Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Paid Family Leave Program Benefiting More than One Million Families

July 1, 2014

On July 1, 2004, California became the first state in the nation to provide partial pay to workers taking time off to care for seriously ill family members or to bond with new children.  Now our state is again leading the nation by expanding access to this protection.More

CA Supreme Court Confirms Rights of Workers Regardless of Immigration Status

June 26, 2014

Today, the California Supreme Court ruled that a worker’s immigration status does not curtail his right to be protected by the same workplace laws that cover all those who are employed in this state, including situations where the employee may have used false documents to obtain his job.More

Caregivers File Suit against Kindred Healthcare for Wage and Hour Violations

June 18, 2014

Today, LAS-ELC and the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic of Golden Gate University School of Law along with the law firm of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C., are filing a class action lawsuit on behalf of in-home and facility caregivers in the California Superior Court, Alameda County against Kindred Healthcare, Inc. and affiliated companies Professional Healthcare at Home, LLC and NP Plus, LLC, alleging failure to pay minimum wage and overtime and various meal and rest period violations, among other claims.More

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

June 17, 2014

Today, the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) - 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.More

LAS-ELC’s Julia Parish Joins Officials in Calling for Family Friendly Workplace Policies at DOL Regional Forum

May 27, 2014

At the U.S Department of Labor Regional Forum on Working Families in San Francisco, LAS-ELC attorney Julia Parish addressed the future of work family policy, touching upon the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, paid family leave and new workplace protections that come with SB 770.More

Plaintiffs Seek Court Approval of Settlement to Eliminate Bias against People with Disabilities in Law School Admissions

May 20, 2014

LAS-ELC today announced that it is seeking approval of a multimillion-dollar settlement that requires the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to offer the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) – the high stakes entrance examination for law school – in a place and manner accessible to persons with disabilities, thereby ensuring that people with disabilities will not be discriminated against.   More

Healthy Mothers Workplace Award to Recognize Family-Friendly Businesses

May 8, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Healthy Mothers Workplace Award will recognize San Francisco businesses that support work-family balance. In 2013, 18 local companies were honored for having family-friendly policies such as lactation accommodations, leaves of absence and flexible work arrangements. More

LAS-ELC Welcomes Diane Webb as Chief Program Officer

April 28, 2014

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.More

Bill McNeill Honored by NAACP and BASF

April 21, 2014

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.More

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