Labor & employment law

The laws governing the employment relationship in California are constantly changing. We help our clients stay abreast of the evolving employment legal landscape and defend them in administrative hearings, court or arbitration, when necessary. Our attorneys are also experienced in labor law and provide advice and representation on union issues.

Services and experience

Our lawyers are experienced in many aspects of employment law, from day-to-day advice to complex employment litigation. Our litigation practice includes deep experience with myriad laws governing the workplace. Our experience includes matters involving protection of trade secrets and confidential business information, and restrictive covenants not to compete.

Our employment practice also includes day to day and preventative counseling and advice. We conduct employment audits to expose problem areas before they become legal challenges. We are available to conduct management training seminars to equip supervisors to handle tough workplace issues. Often, we are asked to prepare and review employment policies and procedures manuals to ensure compliance with federal and state laws.

Especially when 100% compliance isn’t realistic, we gather information and analyze liability to assess an employer's potential exposure in PAGA and class action wage and hour disputes, oftentimes obtaining early and favorable settlements

Our experience in employment law includes advice and/or litigation involving the following areas:

  • Arbitration and mediation of discrimination, harassment and wage and hour claims
  • Background investigations
  • Civil rights litigation
  • Class action defense
  • COBRA and CalCOBRA
  • Disability advice and litigation (ADA, ADEA, OWBPA, FEHA, et al.)
  • Discrimination and harassment claims, investigations and litigation
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Drugs and alcohol in the workplace
  • EEOC and DFEH investigations and claims
  • Employee benefits compliance and litigation
  • Employee privacy rights
  • Employment contracts
  • FMLA and CFRA compliance and litigation
  • Government contractors
  • Independent contractor issues
  • Harassment, discrimination and abuse prevention training programs and seminars
  • Non-compete Agreements
  • Occupational safety and health law
  • Pay plans and compensation
  • Personnel policies and handbooks
  • Reductions in force and reorganizations
  • Retaliation claims
  • Temporary employees and employee leasing
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Trade secret protection and litigation
  • Unemployment and disability benefits and litigation
  • Unfair competition and Non-compete litigation
  • Wage and hour litigation and class action
  • WARN Act compliance
  • Workplace violence control plans
  • Wrongful discharge claims and litigation

Labor law

  • Negotiating labor contracts
  • Arbitrations and grievance administration
  • Labor dispute management
  • Union avoidance
  • Managing, overseeing and coordinating client representation for large regional and national entities
  • General counseling
  • Post employment restriction counseling and litigation
  • Drafting employment agreements, policies and compensation arrangements
  • Wage and hour matters, including litigation management, audit defense and strategic compliance initiatives
  • Training in class-action avoidance and mitigation