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Employment Law Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking
March 25, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmFree
2.0 MCLE available.
Come to learn about:
• Potential employment claims and how to refer clients
• When and how to file a claim with state and federal enforcement agencies
• The Domestic Worker Bill of Rights and other key protections
- Jora Trang, Esq., Managing Attorney, WorkSafe
Admitted to the California Bar (2001); Boalt School of Law (J.D., 2001); University of California, San Diego (UCSD) (B.A., 1994).
Jora is an attorney specializing in employment/labor law and has worked for over 20 years to advance social justice issues affecting marginalized populations. From 1991 to 1996, she worked alongside students and organizers to assist and organize workers in Maquiladora factories, created the first Asian American women’s feminist conference and UCSD’s first women of color in activism class, and worked in coalition with students and faculty to petition for a fully funded UCSD’s Women’s Center.
Both before and during her legal career, Jora has shared her passion for social justice through artistic endeavors. Her experiences include touring the country as the Artistic Director of a guerrilla theatre troupe, competing on the Berkeley and Oakland slam poetry circuit while in law school, and serving as a Board Member and performer with liquidFire.
During law school, Jora served as an Equal Justice Fund Fellow for Bay Area Legal Aid, and also clerked at the East Bay Community Law Center and the USF Street Law Program. Following law school, she worked for the law firm of Berg & Parker, LLP. From 2002 to 2005, she worked at Employment Lawyers Group with Robert Lazo, a plaintiff’s side employment and labor law firm. In 2005, Jora formed her own law firm, engaging in civil rights litigation and social justice oriented advocacy work in partnership with other law firms. While in private practice, Jora served as the Program Director for the East Bay VIP Mentors, Inc., assisting youth transitioning out of the California Youth Authority (CYA) and a pro bono staff attorney for the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL).
In 2010, Jora returned to the non-profit world by joining Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) as their Senior Staff Attorney where she was a part of the litigation team for Dukes v. Walmart and Mansourian v. UC Regents. She also served as the Campaign Leader for ERA’s Marginalized Women Worker Campaign.
- Shira Levine, Esq., Stanford Public Interest Law Fellow, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
Shira Levine is a Stanford Public Interest Law Fellow in the Wage and Hour Enforcement Litigation Program (WageHELP). She represents low-wage workers in state and federal court with wage theft claims. She also directs the Wage Claim Clinics, onsite clinics at the California Labor Commissioner’s San Francisco and Oakland offices. Prior to starting her fellowship at LAS-ELC, Shira clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 2012-2013. Shira received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 2005 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2012. Before law school, Shira taught bilingual first grade in the Bronx.
- Ruth Silver Taube, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
Ruth Silver Taube is a Senior Staff Attorney at LAS-ELC, where she supervises the South Bay Workers’ Rights Clinic. Through the clinic, Ruth trains law students and attorneys who provide advice, information, and representation, primarily at the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mediations. She also conducts outreach and education, and works on human trafficking, equal pay, and disability rights issues with local community partners. Ruth recently worked with the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California to establish a Workers’ Rights Clinic in San Jose. Before joining LAS-ELC, Ruth clerked for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte, District Court Judge, Northern District of California, San Jose Division. Previously, she worked as an Associate Attorney at Cotchett, Illston, & Pitre and as a federal mediator at the EEOC. Ruth also litigated employment cases in private practice at the Law Office of Silver & Taube and currently specializes in ERISA disability cases. Prior to law school, she was a journeyman machinist, President of IAM Local 547, and a Field Representative for SEIU Local 535. Ruth received her B.A. with high distinction from the University of Michigan where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa; her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley; and her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law summa cum laude, where she currently serves as an Adjunct Professor.
This event is co-sponsored by:
The Anti-Trafficking Collaborative of the Bay Area