Litigation Director Julie Su is named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, becoming the second APALC staff member, after Executive Director Stewart Kwoh, to receive this highly prestigious award.
Castro v. Forever 21, Inc.: APALC, representing 19 Latino garment workers from six different sweatshops, files a lawsuit against Forever 21 and several manufacturers and contractors making clothing for Forever 21 alleging unfair and unlawful business practices and seeks unpaid wages, damages, and penalties. Although the case is initially dismissed with prejudice by the U.S. District Court, APALC briefs, argues, and wins a Ninth Circuit appeal.
Garment worker cases: APALC brings and resolves a number of cases on behalf of low-wage, immigrant garment workers, over the next few years. APALC represents both Asian and Latino garment workers, and takes on contractors and name brand manufacturers and retailers such as Reebok, BCBG Maz Azria, XOXO, bebe, etc.
72 Thai garment workers are found enslaved in an El Monte sweatshop, held behind barbed wire and under armed guard, some for as long as seven years. An additional 22 Latino garment workers are discovered in a front shop. After years trapped in a sweatshop, the workers are placed into detention by the federal immigration agency. APALC works with other community activists to free the workers from detention and to secure their legal status in the U.S. In Bureerong v.
Jessica McClintock v KIWA: APALC defends the right of students and the Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates to protest dressmaker Jessica McClintock at her Beverly Hills boutique.
More than 1,000 Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II are denied redress payments by the U.S. Office of Redress Administration. APALC files an appeal and obtains redress relief for Ben Goto (pseudonym), who had been denied redress payments, and joins other civil rights groups to obtain relief for other individuals.
Hunter/La Ley v. City of Los Angeles: APALC and other civil rights groups sue the Los Angeles Police Department for discriminating against African American, Latino, and Asian American police officers, resulting in a consent decree on the pay and promotion of African American, Latino, and Asian American officers as well as the creation of programs to provide officers of color more opportunities for advancement and training.
Dimaranan v Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center: APALC wins a Title VII case on behalf of Aida Dimaranan, a Filipina American nurse, who sues the hospital where she worked for implementing a “No Tagalog” policy.
A wave of “English only” ordinances are passed in local municipalities. The City of Monterey Park tries to limit the city library’s collection of non-English materials, following on the heels of the Monterey Park City Council’s attempt to make English the official language of the city. In Friends of the Library of Monterey Park v. City of Monterey Park, APALC challenges the City of Monterey Park, and wins at both the trial and appellate levels, the first of several language rights victories in the next few years.
In late 1985, the U.S. Department of Justice sues the City of Los Angeles over its redistricting, which resulted in 15 voting districts, only one of which was majority Latino. The city agrees to revise its redistricting, but only by pitting Asian American and Latino districts against each other. APALC intervenes in the case and successfully urges the city to consider alternatives that respect the voting power of both Asian Americans and Latinos.
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