February 2012 Archives

HSRR attorneys receive ACLU's Religious Liberty Award

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California has a tradition of recognizing attorneys who have done extraordinary work in protecting civil liberties and civil rights. This year at the annual Law Luncheon, June 8, 2012, Dan Stormer, along with attorneys Reem Salahi and Josh Piovia-Scott will be presented with the 2012 Religious Liberty Award in recognition of their outstanding work as co-counsel on Fazaga v. FBI, a class action challenge on behalf of Yassir Fazaga, Ali Malik, Yassir Abdel Rahim, and a class of Orange County Muslims, to the FBI's practice of targeting Muslims for surveillance because of their religion.

Anne Richardson to speak at Occidental on March 6, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

HSRR's Anne Richardson will be part of Occidental College's First Tuesday Speaker Series, speaking on March 6, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. on the topic of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations. Using the Doe v. Unocal lawsuit as a case study, she will speak on whether corporations should have responsibility when they are complicit in violations of international norms against slave labor, torture, and crimes against humanity. The talk will take place in Mosher 1.

Labor conditions might improve for LA carwash workers

Car wash workers in Los Angeles might soon see improved working conditions. What was once a sparkling industry in Los Angeles has turned into an industry plagued by hazardous working conditions and pay below the minimum wage. Many of the car wash workers are repeatedly exposed to chemical hazards and long hours with very little pay, many going without lunch breaks.

Officer settles workplace discrimination suit in Los Angeles

A California police officer has settled a lawsuit against his employer for $50,000. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy says he faced workplace discrimination because of his religious views after arresting the actor Mel Gibson for driving under the influence in 2006.

Los Angeles elementary school teacher sues for wrongful termination

Doing the right thing isn't always easy. When someone suspects illegal behavior, especially when involving a child, it is important that the person tells the proper authorities. Being fired for reporting illegal activity shouldn't happen.

Los Angeles Fire Department settles sexual harassment suit

When something terrible and unlawful happens and a victim comes forward to tell their story, the thing they fear most is being ridiculed and harassed concerning disclosure of the events. A Los Angeles firefighter filed a sexual harassment complaint against the Los Angeles Fire Department with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after he was harassed for a sexual abuse lawsuit he was involved in.

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