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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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.

Dec 28, 2017

Navigating the Hazy World of Recreational Marijuana Use Following Proposition 64’s Passage

Last year, California voters passed Proposition 64 (“Prop 64”), making the recreational use and sale of marijuana generally permissible under California law.  Specifically, Prop 64 legalizes the use of marijuana for non-medical reasons by adults age 21 and over.

Oct 24, 2017

Governor Brown Vetoes Bill To Codify Into State Law Federal Regulations And Repealed Federal Guidance On Student Sexual Assault

On October 15, 2017 Governor Brown vetoed Senate Bill (SB) 169, a bill that would have codified into state law federal Title IX regulations and recently-repealed guidance on sexual assault and sexual violence issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  

Jul 27, 2017

Employers Must Now Provide Notice to Employees Pursuant to AB 2337 / Labor Code Section 230.1 Regarding the Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking in the Workplace

Last November, we reported that Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 2337 (“AB 2337”) into law.  AB 2337 amended Labor Code section 230.1 (“Section 230.1”) to require employers to provide written notice to employees regarding the rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in the workplace. 

May 23, 2017

California Legislation Seeks to Limit Public Agency Activities Surrounding Immigration Enforcement and Religious Freedom

In December 2016, shortly after the November 8 presidential election, members of the California Legislature introduced for consideration a series of bills addressing immigration enforcement. 

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