Employment Law

Employment law encompasses a broad range of state, federal and local laws impacting numerous aspects of the employer's relationships with employees, independent contractors, vendors, customers and government agencies. While federal employment laws generally apply to all employers in all states, California has its own comprehensive laws which overlap federal laws and often impose more stringent requirements. Many California cities and counties add their own layers of ordinances affecting sick leave, minimum wages and gender identity obligations for employers. Key differences are in the treatment of overtime and other wage and hour requirements, family medical and pregnancy leaves and disability accommodation. California differences are a critical factor for multistate employers and an area where it is critical to have expertise in California employment law when dealing with employment issues for employees working within California.

We can provide counseling, education and advice to guide you through the maze of employment laws to avoid liabilities and manage employment risks. If you are faced with a lawsuit for an alleged violation of law, we can guide you from the start on the issues to be considered, including where the litigation should take place, whether the claim should be tendered to one or more insurance carriers or a third party, and whether the case should be litigated at all. Our focus will not be limited to the instant litigation threats, but will also consider the potential threat of similar litigation from other employees, available insurance limits, and of course, the cost of litigation. We are mindful of the fact that attorneys and litigation are a significant cost that you want to avoid to the extent possible, and that vigorous litigation is only one of the available options.

Although the vast majority of our employment practice is devoted to assisting and representing employers, we also counsel individuals on their employment rights and remedies and will represent individuals with meritorious cases.

Employment Law Matters Our Firm Handles Frequently

Our firm provides both depth and breadth when it comes to representing employers. We regularly represent organizations and individuals facing the following employment situations:

  • Compliance with challenging disability and accommodation issues
  • Addressing harassment and discrimination claims
  • Handling difficult employment terminations
  • Investigations of misconduct allegations
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Whistleblower complaints
  • Pregnancy and family medical leaves
  • Conflicts involving workplace regulations