Students Help Settle Hotel Workers' Dispute

December 3, 2012

B. Olney, A. Camino
Working in UCI Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic, current students and recent graduates helped 18 Long Beach hotel employees reach a $130,000 settlement with HEI Hotels and Resorts over denial of meal and rest breaks required by state law. The settlement arose from claims the employees filed with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Current 3Ls Brian Olney and Angel Camino (pictured) handled the settlement negotiations. Students in the clinic last year handled litigation: Ari Yampolsky ('12) represented the hotel workers in the first set of hearings in April, and David Rodwin and Emma Soichet (both '12) came back after graduation to handle hearings for clients. Also instrumental in the case were Acrivi Coromelas, Sam Lam, David Koch and Irina Trasovan (all '12), and the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center. More about the settlement in this news article.