OUR PRACTICE

Employment Litigation

CLASS AND COLLECTIVE ACTIONS

Pacific Employment Law defends class, collection, and representative actions throughout California.  Our class action practice delivers cost-effective results by focusing on early evaluation, candid risk assessment, and calculated execution.  Some of our recent victories include:

  • The complete denial of class certification in a putative class action involving travel time and meal and rest break claims.
  • The dismissal of a putative class action by way of a motion to compel arbitration.
  • The dismissal of a PAGA action based on Plaintiff’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies.
  • The successful demurrer to a putative class action under California Business & Professions Code based on California's claim splitting doctrine.
  • A five-figure settlement in a putative class action alleging delivery driver misclassification.
  • The complete denial of class certification in a putative class action involving travel time and meal and rest break claims.

SINGLE / MULTI - PLAINTIFF ACTIONS

Pacific Employment Law defends employers against single and multi-plaintiff employment claims instate and federal court, in arbitration, and before various administrative agencies.  We regularly represent employers in harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, accommodation, breach of contract, and wage and hour claims. Some recent victories include:

  • Successful motions for summary judgment on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims.
  • A complete defense verdict in sexual harassment trial.
  • The successful appeal of adverse award by California Labor Commissioner.
  • The affirmance on appeal favorable summary judgment rulings and an order granting new trial.

Advice and counsel

Our attorneys partner with General Counsel, legal team members, and HR professionals to advise on employment decisions and provide strategic workplace solutions.

Pacific Employment Law’s advice and counsel practice addresses:

  • Employee handbooks and policy development
  • Leaves of absence under state and federal law
  • Paid sick leave
  • Pay equity and compensation analysis
  • Wage and hour audits, exempt classification analysis
  • Employment agreements, including offer letters and executive agreements
  • Hiring and pre-employment matters
  • Performance management and employee discipline
  • Interactive process and accommodations
  • Terminations of employment, RIF, and WARN planning
  • Local ordinance compliance
  • Commission agreements and compensation plans
  • Confidentiality, non-disclosure and restrictive convent agreements
OUTSOURCED EMPLOYMENT COUNSEL

Pacific Employment Law attorneys often act as outsourced employment counsel for their clients.  Maureen Bogue spent several years as in-house employment counsel for a global company, so she understands the challenges faced by in-house counsel and human resource professionals.  Companies seek advice from Pacific Employment Law because we provide implementable solutions to complex employment and HR challenges.

TRAINING

Our firm provides anti-harassment training (including the management training required in California), as well as training on conducting internal investigations and managing within the law.  We tailor our training programs to meet the specific needs of each client, while reflecting their culture and values.

workplace investigations

Maureen Bogue has been conducting workplace investigations for almost 20 years.  She regularly conducts investigations into claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation, as well as violations of ethics policies and misuse of company property or company funds.  Noah Levin and Robert Lockwood also conduct workplace investigations.