One of my favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors is fishing in the High Sierras on trips with my father and brother. We go out on a boat to Courtright Reservoir and hope to return with Rainbow and German Brown Trout, but even when we don’t, the time spent together makes the day memorable.
Gage C. Dungy
- Employment Law
- University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D., 2003
- University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2000
Delivering for Clients
“I focus on assisting clients to address labor and employment law issues either beforehand or as they arise, with a focus on getting ahead of potential issues before they can become a greater liability for the client.”
Development of Employee Handbooks, Executive Employment Contracts, Employee Severance Agreements, Independent Contractor Agreements, among other employment policies and agreements.
Advise employers on application of laws relating to workplace discrimination/ harassment/retaliation, including response to employee complaints.
Advise employers on application of family and medical leave of absence laws, the application of the disability interactive process, and the determination of disability reasonable accommodations in the workplace.
Advise employers on the application of wage and hour laws and the proper payment of employee wages.
Advise employers on state and federal labor and employment law legislative updates and provide strategy on implementation of new legal requirements.
Provide training for employers on preventing workplace harassment and various employment-related topics.
Represent employers against claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner).
Labor Relations and Negotiations
Serve as Chief Negotiator for employers in collective bargaining negotiations with employee organizations and unions.
Advise clients on the application of labor relations laws for workplaces with represented employees.
Detailed Practice Description
Gage is experienced in representing and advising employers on various labor and employment law issues, including matters pertaining to employment discrimination/harassment/retaliation, disability accommodation and family/medical leaves of absence, wage and hour law, employee discipline and due process, the meet and confer process, labor relations and negotiations, and the preparation of employment guidelines and policies. Gage represents a range of employers in matters before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Public Employment Relations Board, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the U.S. Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Gage has served as chief negotiator for employers in labor negotiations with their employee organizations and unions. Based on this experience, he is very familiar with the relevant laws and strategic considerations related to the representation of employers at the bargaining table, including the impact of impasse obligations and unfair labor practices.
Gage is a popular speaker and trainer and has presented numerous presentations, preventative trainings, and workshops for employers and trade associations on the following topics, among others: Preventing Workplace Harassment (Supervisors, Non-Supervisors, and Elected Officials), Disability and Leave Laws, Performance Management, Labor Relations and the Meet and Confer Process, Employee Discipline, Employee Performance Evaluations, Generational Diversity and Succession Planning, Ethics in Public Service, and Wage and Hour Laws.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Member, Sacramento County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section
- Former Board Member and President, U.C. Davis School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors
- Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009 – 2018
- University of Notre Dame Young Alumni Award, 2008
Quoted, “Newsom Takes Aim at ‘Gap’ in COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law,” Law360 (September 11, 2020).
Co-Author, “New Law Expands Workplace Lactation Accommodation Requirements for Employers.” Western City (April 2020).
Co-Author, “Lactation Accommodation Requirements Expand in California Jan. 1, 2020,” Bloomberg Law (December 5, 2019).
Co-Author, “What Employers Should Know About California’s New Lactation Accommodation Requirements,” The Recorder (November 27, 2019).
Author, “A Recap of New Employer Requirements as Cleanup Bill Passes,” Daily Journal (September 23, 2019).
Quoted, “Nepotism Investigations Spur Questions for California State Workers: Where is it Happening?” The Sacramento Bee (April 15, 2019).
Author, “Workplace Protections for Transgender Employees,” Western City (April 2017).
Quoted, “Regulations on Family and Medical Leave,” SHRM (April 23, 2015).
Sacramento County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s Annual New Laws Roundup Presentation, 2018-2020.