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 and before administrative bodies.  Her litigation practice includes all aspects of discovery, motion practice, and trial preparation, including deposition preparation and appearances, drafting demurrers and motions for summary judgment, and preparing pretrial motions and witnesses for trial.  Alysha is developing expertise in the retirement and health arenas and regularly provides advice and counsel in the area of the Affordable Care Act, as well as retirement law for CalPERS, CalSTRS and ’37 Act agencies.  She also represents agencies in CalPERS appeals before the Office of Administrative Hearings.

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 wrote briefings and memoranda and devised communications strategies for the Mayor regarding Los Angeles Unified School Districts policies and initiatives and state and federal law and policy.  Alysha also tracked and 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.

Education

  • JD, Boston University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, 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.

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.         

Education

  • JD, Boston University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

California Council of School Attorneys (CCSA)

Education

  • JD, Boston University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

Jul 30, 2019

Three is Company: Police Departments Usage of Drones and Robots and What it Means for Employer-Employee Relations

Remote surveillance is an area of expanding interest for law enforcement agencies.  Police departments continue to equip their sworn officers with body-mounted video cameras (“body cams”), and, in California, the Legislature has begun to regulate discoverability of body cam footage.  Agencies in California and across the country have also begun to deploy unmanned aerial systems (“UASs”), drones, and robots to assist in policing and surveillance efforts.  For example, one California agency recently began deploying a robot to survey public spaces when peace officers are not present.

May 14, 2019 Business & Facilities

The Census is Coming: Preparing Your Agency for 2020

April 1, 2020, is national Census Day and will kick off a year-long process of counting every resident in the United States.  In California, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (the “Commission”), a non-partisan commission comprised of democratic, republican and independent (decline-to-state or no party preference) voters, is responsible for re-drawing California State Assembly and Senate, U.S. Congressional, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect new population and shifting population data.

Dec 26, 2018

New Year, New Laws, New Obligations

As we ring in the new year, employers will be tasked with implementing new laws that Governor Brown signed into law this past fall.  Here is a summary of a few major bills that go into effect on New Year’s Day:

Aug 28, 2018

Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Student Discipline on Campus, and Due Process: Keeping Up with Rapidly Evolving Interpretations of State and Federal Laws

The manner in which institutions of higher education must address sexual assault in the educational context continues to evolve as both the federal government and courts weigh in on what procedures public and private colleges and universities must follow in order to comply with both Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and due process requirements under state and federal laws.  Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that requires educational institutions to maintain policies, practices, and programs that do not discriminate against anyone “on the basis of sex.”  Title IX applies to all educational institutions, both public and private, that receive federal funds.  Title IX and its implementing regulations set out certain requirements regarding investigations and hearing procedures.  State laws governing the due process rights of individuals are likewise applicable to discipline in the public educational context. 

Apr 12, 2018

U.S. Department of Justice Sues the State of California Over Newly Enacted Immigration Laws

Last month, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit in federal court against the State of California (the “State”), alleging that three laws enacted by the State between June and October 2017 – Senate Bill (SB) 54 and Assembly Bills (AB) 103 and 450 – are unconstitutional.

Education

  • JD, Boston University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

30 September 2019
Customized Trainings

Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

County of San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo
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Customized Trainings

Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

City of Compton Compton
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Customized Trainings

Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

Montecito Sanitary District Montecito
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Education

  • JD, Boston University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

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