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Mobile Workers' Rights Clinic Coming to Contra Costa County

June 18, 2013

On July 15, 2013, LAS-ELC's Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic (Clinic) will partner with OneJustice’s Justice Bus® Project (Project) and Hanson Bridgett LLP to provide a free workers’ rights clinic to residents of Contra Costa County. Individuals attending the clinic will meet with volunteer attorneys and law students to discuss a variety of employment-related problems, including unpaid wages, unemployment insurance, discrimination, and much more.Read more

Jinny Kim

Jinny Kim named a "Top Labor & Employment Lawyer" by the Daily Journal

June 14, 2013

The Daily Journal has named Senior Staff Attorney Jinny Kim to its annual "Top Labor & Employment Lawyers" list, which honors leading attorneys in California whose work is making an impact on society and the legal profession.  Jinny is an accomplished civil rights litigator, who has, throughout her 14 year career, advocated for the employment rights of disabled workers.  Read more

Transgender Police Officer Settles Claim Against Bay Area Police Department

June 13, 2013

A settlement has been reached in a landmark discrimination case involving a transgender police officer in the Bay Area. The case was brought by the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and the Transgender Law Centeron behalf of “Officer T.,” a 17-year veteran of the police department who was subjected to serious discrimination and harassment by other officers after he transitioned from female to male.Read more

Fernando Flores

Fernando Flores Appointed to CA Bar's Labor & Employment Section Executive Committee

June 13, 2013

We are delighted to announce that LAS-ELC WageHELP Program Director Fernando Flores has been appointed to serve on the California State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee from October 2013 until October 2016.  As a member of this distinguished group, Fernando seeks to bring greater attention to the issues facing low-wage workers while helping the committee fulfill one of its core missions: advancing diversity in the legal profession.Read more

Chris Ho

Chris Ho Honored by Chinese for Affirmative Action

June 10, 2013

Chris Ho, Director of LAS-ELC’s National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program, was honored by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) for his work on behalf of immigrant and language minority communities at its Celebration of Justice on Thursday, June 6th.  The annual event honors key civic and community leaders engaged in the struggle for civil rights and social justice.  CAA recognized Chris for the National Origin Program’s landmark litigation victories in Singh v. Jutla and Rivera v. Nibco, Inc., cases that have set widely-cited legal precedent enabling undocumented workers to more readily vindicate their workplace rights without fear of employer retaliation.Read more

Combat Wage Discrimination, Retaliation, and Unequal Pay

June 10, 2013

June 10th, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, which requires employers to pay equal wages for equal work and expressly prohibits wage discrimination based on gender.  But the wage gap persists, closing by less than half a cent each year.  At this rate, it will take over 40 more years until women are paid equally for the work they do.Read more

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Reintroduced in Congress

May 14, 2013

With the aim of ensuring that pregnant workers are able to keep their jobs and perform them safely, the U.S. Congress today reintroduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA).  The bill, which has broad support, would require employers to make reasonable job modifications for pregnant women, such as providing a stool or help with heavy lifting.Read more

California Senate Moves to Protect Jobs of Victims of Gender-Based Violence

May 13, 2013

The Senate today passed SB 400 (Jackson), co-sponsored by LAS-ELC, which would protect the employment of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  SB 400 would ensure that employers make appropriate workplace accommodations for victims, and that people experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking are not terminated for disclosing their victim status.Read more

Jose Arnulfo Arias

Immigrant Worker Sues Dairy & its Counsel for Contacting ICE in Retaliation for Asserting His Rights

May 8, 2013

Today, on behalf of Jose Arnulfo Arias, a Central Valley dairy worker, the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) filed a lawsuit under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act in U.S. District Court in Sacramento against Angelo Dairy and its attorney, Anthony Raimondo of McCormick Barstow LLC, to vindicate the right of workers to be free from retaliation regardless of immigration status. You can read the complete press release here.Read more

Julia Parish, LAS-ELC Project Attorney

Three Bills Sponsored by LAS-ELC Pass Out of Committee

April 29, 2013

LAS-ELC is the organizational sponsor of three bills this legislative session that would enhance protections for workers in California.  LAS-ELC attorneys testified in Sacramento in support of the bills, all of which passed out of committee last week – an important step toward protecting vulnerable workers in California.         Read more