practice areas

Civil Rights

employment law


over 45 years experience

Kaplan Weiss LLP is a California law firm specializing in civil rights and employment cases. Partners Jonathon Kaplan and Yitz E. Weiss offer clients combined experience of almost 50 years litigating significant civil rights and employment issues in California courts.

Significant civil rights legal developments

Emancipation Proclamation

Passage of 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution –

Civil Rights Act of 1866

Abolition of Slavery and Passage of first anti-discrimination laws.

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938

Brown v. Board of Education 1954

California Fair Employment and Housing Act of 1959

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Lawrence v. Texas

The Supreme Court holds that a Texas statute criminalizing same-sex conduct is unconstitutional. Several years later in 2008, the California Supreme Court in In re Marriage Cases holds that sexual orientation is a protected class and laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. In 2015 the Supreme Court held in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to get married.

Supreme Court expands Title VII protections

The United States Supreme Court expands Title VII protections to sexual orientation and gender identity in Bostock v. Clayton County & R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


Jonathon Kaplan
Jonathon Kaplan
Yitz Weiss
Yitz Weiss
355 South Grand Ave. Suite 2450

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone: 213.553.4550