Marina L. Ramirez is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Los Angeles Office. Ms. Ramirez represents school districts, county offices of education and state agencies in matters related to labor and employment, bargaining and negotiations, governance and leadership, technology, Title IX, litigation, facilities and business, investigations, student services, special education, and implications of marijuana.
Ms. Ramirez works closely with Superintendents, board members, and other administrators to ensure school district board policies and administrative regulations are updated and compliant with current federal and state law. She guides clients through applicable legal authorities, including the Education Code, Government Code, California Code of Civil Procedure, California Public Records Act, EERA, FERPA, ADA, IDEA, FEHA, Title IX, Title VII, California Tort Claims Act, Brown Act, California Administrative Procedures Act, a diverse array of school district board policies, administrative regulations and collective bargaining agreements, and other relevant case law and federal and state statutes and regulations.
Ms. Ramirez received her Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mexican-American Studies and Africana Studies, from the University of Arizona. While in law school, Ms. Ramirez was an Associate Editor for the UDC Law Review. She is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumni Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
December 2019Number 83In the wake of the #MeToo movement, and as part of the ongoing legislative response to it, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 749 into law, which prohibits no-rehire clauses in certain types of settlement and severance agreements. While the intent behind that law focused on victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault, the law is broad in scope and is not limited to such claims.AB 749 applies to any settlement agreement between an employer and an "aggrieve...
September 2019Number 39Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed Senate Bill (SB) 83. SB 83 affects employees who are eligible for and pay into State Disability Insurance (SDI). SDI allows employees to receive income replacement for up to six weeks while disabled and off work. SB 83 extends the wage replacement benefits under SDI from six weeks to eight weeks effective July 1, 2020. In addition, SB 83 expands the uses for California's SDI to include:care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parents...