Employment Litigation & Counseling

We regularly defend individual and class action employment cases, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour violations, wrongful discharge, defamation, breach of contract, employee privacy, intentional torts, emotional distress and other serious workplace issues in federal and state courts.

Additionally, Sanders and Roberts supports its management clients in the following areas:

  • Handling administrative charges before state and federal agencies
  • Protecting employers’ confidential and proprietary information, trade secrets and business relationships from misuse or interference
  • Maintaining actions on behalf of employers arising from fraud, theft and other related misconduct
  • Conducting independent investigations of allegations of inappropriate employee behavior
  • Conducting preventative wage & hour audits
  • Development of employee handbooks and policy manuals
We also advise clients on all aspects of employment law and employment-related statutes. Below is a sample list of the areas of counsel we handle for our clients:
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Employee Discipline and Managing Performance
  • Leaves of Absence and Employee Medical Issues
  • Reasonable Accommodation/Return to Work Obligations
  • Background Checks
  • Meal and Rest Breaks
  • Employee Compensation and Exempt / Non-Exempt Classification Issues
  • Employee / Independent Contractor Classification Issues
  • Use of Temporary and Staffing Agency Workers
  • Reductions in Force (RIF)
  • Severance Agreements
  • Noncompetition / Nonsolicitation Agreements / Trade Secrets
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Discrimination and Retaliation Statutes, including Title VII/FEHA, ADA, ADEA
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Alternative Work Week Schedules
  • Workplace Safety
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) Compliance
  • Collective Bargaining Agreement Administration and Interpretation

Labor Relations

Our attorneys are experienced at representing businesses in their dealings with organized labor who look to us to guide them through the full range of complex labor challenges.  Areas of expertise include:
  • Devise and implement strategies for lawful union avoidance
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Grievance Arbitrations
  • Defense of union claims brought in federal and state court
  • Strike preparedness
  • Defense of unfair labor practices before the NLRB and PERB

Training

Recent presentations and training include the following topics:
  • Preventing Harassment in the Workplace
  • Reasonable Accommodation and Leave Management
  • Social Media Best Practices
  • Wage & Hour Compliance
  • Navigating through the FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation
  • Proper Classification under the FLSA
  • Conducting Internal Investigations
  • National Labor Relations Board Developments