Alysha Stein-Manes

Alysha Stein-Manes Associate

Alysha Stein-Manes provides representation and counsel to LCW clients in all matters pertaining to labor, employment, and education law.  Alysha primarily works as a litigator, representing public agencies and non-profit educational institutions at all levels of the litigation process in state and federal court.  She has litigated cases involving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the employment context; due process; right-to-work and union fee issues; student and employee disability interactive process and accommodations issues; and the Public Employees’ Retirement Law.  Alysha also represents public agencies in disciplinary hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and in employment relations matters before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). 

Alysha has extensive experience in the retirement and health arenas and regularly provides advice and counsel in the areas of the Affordable Care Act, post-retirement work restrictions, independent contractor status, disability retirement, PEPRA compliance, PEMHCA (i.e. CalPERS medical), and determining whether compensation is included or excluded from reporting for the purposes of determining pension benefits.  She also represents agencies in appeals regarding CalSTRS and CalPERS matters before OAH.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Alysha served as an Education Policy Analyst for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa.  In this role, she advised and developed communications strategies for the Mayor regarding Los Angeles Unified School Districts policies and initiatives and state and federal law and policy.  Alysha also advocated for federal grants and legislation at local, state and federal levels and managed collaborative and multi-dimensional projects between mayoral and school district staff and labor, business and non-profit stakeholders to improve educational outcomes for the children of Los Angeles.

Alysha graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law and earned her B.A. with Highest Honors in Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley.

LITIGATION

Employee v. Community College District (2019) – Obtained complete summary judgment in a state lawsuit brought by an adjunct faculty member against a Community College District.  The lawsuit alleged that the District discriminated against the plaintiff on account of her age when it failed to hire her for tenure-track positions and retaliated against her when she followed up with the District regarding her unsuccessful applications.

Fausto v. City of Ontario (2018) – LCW represented the City of Ontario in a disability discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit.  The plaintiff was represented by an attorney who filed several different lawsuits against the City at about the same time on behalf of different employees.  The plaintiff was a utilities technician who sustained a variety of work injuries over his 11 years working for the City.  While the City was attempting to reasonably accommodate the plaintiff, the City discovered that he stole a street sign from the Public Works yard and terminated plaintiff.  LCW obtained summary judgment on behalf of the City and plaintiff’s supervisor.

Employee v. City (2018) – Obtained complete summary judgment in a state lawsuit by an employee against a City.  The lawsuit alleged that the City discriminated against the employee on account of his disability, failed to accommodate the employee’s disability and engage in the interactive process, and retaliated against the employee after he issued complaints. 

Student v. Private University (2017) - Obtained complete summary judgment in a federal lawsuit by a medical student against a private University.  The lawsuit alleged that the University failed to provide her with reasonable accommodations for her disability, failed to engage in the interactive process, discriminated against her on account of her disability, and violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act by not giving her all of the accommodations she requested for her learning disability.

Nazir v. City of Torrance (2016) - The court sustained the City and Police Chief's demurrer to the complaint without leave to amend and held that Government Code section 3305.5 did not apply retroactively to a termination of an officer. Government Code section 3305.5 prohibits public agencies from taking punitive action against a peace officer solely because the officer's name is on a Brady List.

City Attorney v. City (2015) -  Represented a City in a highly publicized case in which the former City Attorney alleged national origin, gender, age discrimination, and violation of Constitutional due process.  The matter involved extensive motion practice related to the disclosure of attorney-client privileged documents and testimony.   Responsible for expert depositions, witness preparation, and pretrial documents.  The matter settled approximately one week before trial.

ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS

Tenured Faculty Termination (2018) -  Second-chaired the termination hearing of tenured academic faculty member before the Office of Administrative Hearings.  The professor was terminated for unprofessional conduct toward students, including failing to provide timely feedback and grades on assignments, issue timely grades, be available for office hours, and treating students in an abusive manner.  OAH sustained the decision to terminate. 

Faculty Association Grievance (2016) – Second-chaired faculty grievance arbitration before an independent arbitrator.  The Faculty Association of a Community College District alleged that the District violated a memorandum of understanding by allegedly miscalculating stipends for faculty serving as department chairs.  The arbitrator denied the grievance, finding in favor of the District.         

California Council of School Attorneys (CCSA)

Jul 14, 2020

Anticipating Legal Issues in a Post-COVID-19 Work Environment

Partner T. Oliver Yee and Associate Alysha Stein-Manes authored the American City & County article, "Anticipating Legal Issues in a Post-COVID-19 Work Environment," addressing the legal risks and considerations that many public agencies will face in a remote work environment.

Jul 14, 2020

Adapting to the "New Normal": Lessons Learned and Best Practices for a Post-COVID 19 Workplace

Partner T. Oliver Yee and Associate Alysha Stein-Manes authored the American City & County article, "Adapting to the 'New Normal': Lessons Learned and Best Practices for a Post-COVID 19 Workplace," discussing how employers can best address remote working situations in the era of COVID-19.

Jul 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Education Issues Regulations Regarding the Provision of Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools Under The CARES Act

We recently reported that on April 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) issued non-binding guidance regarding the provision of equitable services to non-public school students and teachers under two grant programs established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  These two programs are the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (“GEER”) Fund and the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (“ESSER”) Fund. 

Jun 2, 2020

How COVID-19 Could Permanently Transform Public Agency Operations: Lessons Learned

Partner T. Oliver Yee and Associate Alysha Stein-Manes authored the Daily Journal article, "How COVID-19 Could Permanently Transform Public Agency Operations: Lessons Learned," discussing steps organizations need to take in the new era of remote work.

May 28, 2020

Telework Transition Holds Key Lessons for Public Agencies

Partner Oliver Yee and Associate Alysha Stein-Manes authored the Law360 article, "Telework Transition Holds Key Lessons for Public Agencies," discussing lessons public agencies need to take away from the shift from in-agency work to remote work. To read full article: https://www.law360.com/articles/1275545/telework-transition-holds-key-lessons-for-public-agencies

May 6, 2020

UPDATED: U.S. Department of Education Allocates Education Funds to States to Provide Continued Educational Services to Students During the Coronavirus Pandemic: What this Means for California Private Schools

Update: On April 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) issued guidance (the “Guidance”) regarding the provision of equitable services to non-public students under two grant programs established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  As described further below, the Guidance clarifies the DOE’s interpretation of the availability of grant-funded services for students (and teachers) attending non-public schools within these programs.  LCW has updated this Special Bulletin to reflect the Guidance. 

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