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.


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.


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.         

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Mar 26, 2020

FAQs for LEAs: Serving Disabled Students in the Age of COVID-19


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) prohibits discriminating against students with disabilities, and requires local education agencies (“LEAs”) to provide equal educational opportunities to disabled students in the form of Free and Appropriate Education (“FAPE”) in the “Least Restriction Environment” (“LRE”).  The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) governs the procedural and substantive obligations of LEAs to serve disabled students who qualify for special education and related services, including the obligation to provide eligible students with a FAPE in the LRE. California state laws provide similar protections, and in some cases greater protections, to students with disabilities.

Dec 31, 2019

New Year, New Laws, Old Goals: Addressing Systemic Compliance Issues in the New Year

How many times have you set a New Year’s resolution and a month or two into the New Year said to yourself, “oh well, maybe next year”?  We all too often set personal and professional goals each year, only to give up or put them on the back-burner once we get behind in reaching those goals.  The same can be said of workplace practices.  If you’re an employer in California, each New Year is accompanied by new laws impacting the workplace, most of which take effect each January 1.  But, when agencies begin each year worried about whether they are complying with new laws, they all too often stop prioritizing projects that address systemic issues facing the agency.  It is these systemic issues that are likely to have a more immediate and drastic impact on an agency if the agency is caught out of compliance.

Nov 5, 2019

Can Sending an Emoji to a Colleague Expose Me or My Employer to a Claim for Harassment? Tips for Preventing Harassment Claims In the Age of Social Media

If you are a supervisory employee for a public agency or private school in California, or a member of your employer’s human resources department, you have most likely sat through a 2-hour supervisory training regarding preventing harassment in the workplace.  You may know this training as “AB 1825  Training.”  If you are a non-supervisory employee, don’t feel left out!  Due to recent changes in California law, if you have not already done so, your employer will be requiring you to sit through a 1-hour harassment prevention training by January 1, 2020 (*friendly reminder to all agencies and schools who have not scheduled this training yet*).

Aug 27, 2019

California Court of Appeals Further Clarifies STRS’ Authority to Collect Overpayments Made to Retirees

Over the last several years, the California Courts of Appeal have addressed questions regarding the California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s (CalSTRS) ability to collect overpayments of monthly retirement benefits paid to retirees because of, among other things, miscalculations of the retirees’ compensation earnable.  A Court of Appeal handed down the most recent case,   Blaser v. State Teachers’ Retirement System (2019) 37 Cal.App.5th 349 (“Blaser”) last month.

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.

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