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Employment Law

The Basics

Businesses and public entities in California, more than in any other state, continue to face increasing challenges in employment law. The employment lawyers at Boutin Jones help our clients meet these challenges by providing strategic advice to prevent claims, as well as strong advocacy when a claim arises. The Boutin Jones Employment Law Group includes attorneys who have extensive experience in employment law compliance, including discipline and termination, wage and hour laws, and managing reasonable accommodation and leave rights. We counsel employers in every step of the employment relationship to help them create a productive and well-managed workforce. In addition, the Employment Law Group includes seasoned litigators who regularly defend employers in federal and state court against claims of wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination, as well as defend employers against class action lawsuits.

Employment Counseling

Representative Experience

The employment law attorneys at Boutin Jones provide prompt, common-sense solutions to help our clients comply with the law and manage sensitive workplace issues.  Here are some of the ways we do this:

Advise employers on the interactive process to develop practical reasonable accommodation solutions as well as advise on the interplay of federal and state leaves of absence statutes and regulations.

Train and advise employers on wage and hour compliance, sexual harassment, and hiring practices.

Plan for complex employment issues related to mergers and acquisitions, such as WARN Act notification and potential successor employer liability.

Develop policies and procedures to protect an employer’s intellectual property and reputation, including drafting Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Agreements, Social Media policies and Use of Technology policies.

Advise employers on all aspects of employee performance, including performance reviews, discipline, and termination.

Draft, review and revise Employee Handbooks, policies, and procedures.

Draft Executive Employment Agreements, Compensation and Incentive Bonus Plans, and Indemnification Agreements for officers and directors.

Conduct or oversee investigations of claims by employees or former employees.

Develop and implement Reductions in Force, including Severance Packages.

Employment Litigation

The litigators in the Boutin Jones Employment Law Group are widely respected for their strong advocacy of our employer clients. Our attorneys have experience in complex litigation, including class action defense. Our litigators routinely:

Respond to and defend against claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U. S. Department of Labor, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, the Public Employment Relations Board, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Defend employers against individual employment claims in state and federal court, and in mediation/private arbitration proceedings, regarding discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, invasion of privacy, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract.

Prosecute and defend against claims of unfair competition, trade secrets, and intellectual property rights.

Represent employers in state and federal court in public accommodation civil rights suits.

Representative Experience

Lead counsel in countless lawsuits alleging sexual harassment, discrimination (including disability, race and gender), retaliation (including whistleblower, workers’ compensation and workplace safety related claims), wage and hour violations on an individual and class-wide basis and family leave law violations.

Disposed of multiple lawsuits on summary judgment and at the pleadings stage in state and federal court, and successfully and efficiently resolved multiple lawsuits on favorable terms prior to trial.

Prosecuted matters arising under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and unfair competition laws.

Defended multiple claims of harassment and discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing, wage and hour disputes before the California Labor Commissioner and discrimination claims before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.