Wednesday, October 08, 2014

          New Deputy Director joins the WorkLife Law Center

          Liz Morris has been a champion of worker dignity and her scholarship has focused on fair treatment for interns.

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          UC Hastings welcomes employment and labor lawyer Liz Morris as Deputy Director of the WorkLife Law Center.

          Prior to joining the Center, Liz specialized in employment and labor law at Leonard Carder, a well-known law firm in Oakland representing workers.

          Liz has an impressive history of promoting dignity and fair treatment in the workplace by successfully advocating for workers. In her previous position, Liz litigated many “misclassification” cases in which employers label employees as independent contractors, rather than employees, in order to avoid complying with worker-protective labor laws. Notably, she was a key member of the litigation team that secured the acclaimed victory in Alexander v. FedEx, a Ninth Circuit case holding that FedEx pickup and delivery drivers are employees entitled to the protections of the California Labor Code.

          Liz’s publications include ABA’s Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise, 2013 – present (Associate Chapter Editor) and "Experience Pays, but Interns May Have To Be Paid for Their Experience: When Interns Are Covered by Wage and Hour Laws," California Labor and Employment Law Review, Nov. 2013 (coauthor). 

          Liz regularly volunteers at the Workers’ Right Clinic, where she supervises law students counseling low-income clients facing employment-related issues. Liz earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School and is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College.

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