Hayward, California Employment Lawyers

Jean Krasilnikoff
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California Employment Law Attorney

University of California - Hastings College of the LawCalifornia
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Jody I. LeWitter
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California Employment Law Attorney with 32 years experience

University of Michigan Law SchoolCalifornia
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Jonathan H. Siegel
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California Employment Law Lawyer with 41 years experience

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia
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Latika M. Malkani
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California Employment Law Attorney with 22 years experience

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawCalifornia
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Samuel Barry Rudolph
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Hayward, CA Employment Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(510) 886-4876 22762 Main St
Hayward, CA 94541
Employment
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
We represent employees with all claims, including wrongful termination, whistleblower-retaliation, wage & hour, discrimination and harassment. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area, including Silicon Valley. Please visit our website at www.samuelrudolphlaw.com
Castro Valley, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(510) 825-2313 20885 Redwood Rd
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Employment
UC Hastings COL
Hayward, CA Employment Law Lawyer
(510) 581-1857 799 Fletcher Lane
Suite 202
Hayward, CA 94544
Employment, Business, Patents and Real Estate
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Castro Valley, CA Employment Law Attorney with 6 years experience
2835 Aegean Pl
Castro Valley, CA 94546-3242
Employment
Guy Ellery Louie
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Hayward, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(925) 234-1440 225 West Winton Avenue- Suite 200
Hayward, CA 94533
Employment, Animal, Business and IP
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
James Gulseth
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Pleasanton, CA Employment Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(925) 463-9600 5890 Stoneridge Dr.
Ste. 102
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationEmployment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and IP
UC Hastings COL
James H. (Jim) Gulseth was born and attended high school in Devils Lake, North Dakota and graduated with an A.B. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Jim earned his JD degree at the University of California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco and is admitted to practice in the State of California and before the Federal District Court, Northern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the Corporations, Business Transactions, Securities and Tax and Intellectual Property Sections of the State Bar of California. Jim’s reported cases include...
(925) 463-9600 373 North L Street
Livermore, CA 94551
Stephen M. Fuerch
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Pleasanton, CA Employment Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(925) 463-1073 7901 Stoneridge Dr
#401
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationEmployment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Medical Malpractice
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Steven Edward Springer
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Fremont, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(888) 490-9852 39275 State Street
Fremont, CA 94538
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Criminal and Family
Santa Clara University
Help small to medium size companies navigate through a wide variety of legal challenges: formation, funding, governmental impediments, operational legal planning, merger and acquisition, employee relations, and labor compliance. All with the goal of litigation avoidance. Litigation in all California state courts and the Northern and Eastern U.S. District Courts of California.
(888) 490-9852 16360 Monterey St. Ste. 180
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(888) 490-9852 95 South Market Street, Ste. 300
San Jose, CA 95113
Robert Lockhart Taylor
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Pleasanton, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(925) 463-9600 5890 Stoneridge Dr. Suite 102
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, IP and Real Estate
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Robert L. (Bob) Taylor was born near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended high school in Berkeley, California. Bob graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982 with an A.B. degree in Economics. Bob graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley) in 1985, where he was a member of the California Law Review. In 1985, he was admitted to practice in the State of California and before the Federal District Court, Northern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He has since also been admitted...
(925) 463-9600 373 North L Street
Livermore, CA 94551
Thomas C. Walker
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Pleasanton, CA Employment Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(925) 264-1212 4900 Hopyard Road
Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationEmployment
Solely dedicated to employee-side employment law and litigation since 2004; fighting discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other unlawful employment practices. Consultative engagements relating to severance and exit strategy are routine projects, having representing 100s of Silicon Valley employees.
(650) 889-4090 Sutie 203
Santa Clara, CA 95134
Stephen M. Fuerch
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California Employment Law Attorney with 43 years experience

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawCalifornia
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Pawanpreet Dhaliwal
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California Employment Law Attorney

University of California - BerkeleyCalifornia
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John A. Comerford
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Newark, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(510) 894-6649 3900 Newpark Mall Rd., Suite 326
Newark, CA 94560
Employment and Personal Injury
Northwestern California University School of Law
We provide legal advice and representation to those who have been physically or financially damaged through the fault of others. We understand that every case is unique and we take the time to listen to our clients, review their options, and tailor our solutions taking into account their goals and preferences. We bring to every case our experience, focus, and dedication to results. We negotiate when we can and litigate when we have to. If you are unsure how to proceed after suffering injury, let us help determine the best course of action.
(408) 457-1817 111 N. Market St., Suite 300
San Jose, CA 95113
(925) 226-8261 4900 Hopyard Road, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Randall Aiman-Smith
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Lawyer
(800) 798-8498 7677 Oakport St
#1150
Oakland, CA 94621
Employment
Jonathan Donald Matthews
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San Leandro, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(415) 283-6320 13885 Doolittle Drive, #105
San Leandro, CA 94577
Employment, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Foreclosure Defense
Stanford Univ Law School
Devin Coyle
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(510) 584-9020 1999 Harrison Street #1800
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationEmployment and Civil Rights
UCLA School of Law
Oakland, California-based civil rights lawyer representing employees and tenants in cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.
Leslie Leone
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Burlingame, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
1325 Howard Avenue, Suite 254
Burlingame, CA 94010
Free ConsultationEmployment, Arbitration & Mediation and Personal Injury
Golden Gate University School of Law
Leslie Leone, principal attorney at Leone Law Firm, is the best California personal injury attorney and employment attorney to help you deal with unreasonable insurance companies and unfair employers so that you can obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.

Leslie Leone began her legal career as a staff attorney for the Teamsters Union and also worked for the Operating Engineer's Union. As a Union attorney she negotiated contracts and grievances for hundreds of Union members. She is also a San Francisco native who attended UC Berkeley and Golden Gate University Law School.

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20 Sunnyside Avenue, Suite A
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Vincent Tong
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(510) 371-7835 409 Thirteenth Street
9th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Employment, Business, IP and Trademarks
Santa Clara University School of Law
Vincent Tong is an award winning, community oriented lawyer. He is the founder of TONG LAW, an employment business law firm located in beautiful downtown Oakland, California. Vincent exclusively represents employees in employment litigation and businesses in business-to-business disputes. In his business transactions practice, Vincent counsels individuals on forming and growing their social ventures. Connect with Vincent online at www.tong-law.com.
Bryan Jeffrey Schwartz
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(888) 891-8489 1330 Broadway, Suite 1630
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationEmployment, Appeals and Civil Rights
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Bryan Schwartz is an Oakland, California-based attorney dedicated to helping employees protect their rights in the workplace. He has fought prohibited discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, obtained reasonable accommodations for disabled employees, vindicated whistleblowers' rights, and ensured that corporations pay workers all wages they are owed. He has successfully litigated individual and class action complaints nationwide, helping to recover millions of dollars for thousands of employees, forcing corporations and Government agencies to change their practices and punish wrongdoers. Bryan Schwartz is also one of the few Bay Area-based attorneys with extensive experience representing Federal employees in their unique Merit Systems...
Gretchen Birkheimer
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Redwood City, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(650) 843-1900 2055 Woodside Road, Suite 110
Redwood City, CA 94061
Free ConsultationEmployment and Appeals
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
I represent employees in wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation cases, in addition to bringing related claims such as defamation, assault, battery, invasion of privacy, and failure to accommodate disabilities. I represent employees, and advise employers, regarding collection of unpaid wages, overtime, minimum wages, missed meal periods and rest breaks, and other wage claims. I represent employees in unemployment insurance appeals.

Please note that I do not take matters involving union grievances, union disciplinary actions or Skelly hearings.
Glicel E. Sumagaysay
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Emeryville, CA Employment Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(510) 588-8855 1900 Powell Street
Suite 600
Emeryville, CA 94608
Employment
University of San Francisco School of Law
The Law Office of Glicel Sumagaysay handles employment matters for individual and former employees. Ms. Sumagaysay's practice consists of: Federal employee representation in Merit Systems Protection Board (“MSPB”) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") matters; employer-employee negotiations; discrimination on the basis of sex, race and other protected statuses; discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), Department of Fair Housing and Employment (“DFEH”) and courts; wage and hour matters with the Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement (“DLSE”) and courts; small business employer compliance with above types of matters.
Arthur William Lazear
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(510) 735-6316 436 14th St Ste 1117
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationEmployment
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Arthur Lazear has practiced law for more than 40 years, helping to obtain successful results for worthy clients nationwide. Mr. Lazear has prosecuted some of the biggest class actions ever litigated in employment law, but has never abandoned his level of personal attention to each client, which is the firm’s hallmark.

Mr. Lazear’s father was a janitor, an immigrant from Ukraine who worked nights in a tireless effort to provide his children the hope of a better life, that they might realize the American Dream. The example set by his father inspired Mr. Lazear’s lifelong commitment to protecting and enforcing the...
Pamela Kong
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California Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia
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Robert Salinas
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California Employment Law Attorney with 22 years experience

University of California, Berkeley School of LawCalifornia
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Pamela Kong
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(510) 663-9240 428 13th St
8th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Employment, Civil Rights and Landlord Tenant
Golden Gate University School of Law
Ramsey Hanafi
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Attorney with 9 years experience
201 Spear Street Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Free ConsultationEmployment
Golden Gate University School of Law
I have been practicing employment law and business law since 2009. I primarily represent Plaintiffs in individual and class action cases in wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, hostile work environment, unpaid commissions, misclassification cases, independent contractor cases, and many others. I practice all over the State. Wherever you are, I can be there. My experience with small business clients and technology startups also provides me with a unique background in the intersection between employment law and business. I have experience litigating and consulting with business clients on numerous transactional issues; intellectual property (trademark and copyright);...
Jody I. LeWitter
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(510) 452-5000 1939 Harrison St
#307
Oakland, CA 94612
Employment
University of Michigan Law School
Jessica Riggin
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
1939 Harrison Street, Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationEmployment
Columbia Law School
Jessica is a partner at Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP and specializes in litigating employment law cases on behalf of employees. From violations of wage and hour laws to sexual harassment and discrimination, Jessica has represented both individuals and groups of people in class actions. She also advises executives in pre-litigation matters such as severance agreements and employment agreements. If you have an employment law issue in the Bay Area, please contact her office today and set up a free consultation.
(415) 421-1800 201 Mission Street #1250
San Francisco, CA 94105
Ronald C. Chauvel
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San Mateo, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(650) 573-9500 66 Bovet Road
Suite 280
San Mateo, CA 94402
Employment, Business, Estate Planning and Workers' Comp
UC Hastings COL
After practicing for a successful San Francisco financial district law firm for ten years, Ronald started his own practice in 1988. His primary practice areas include business representation, business formations, conversions, acquisitions, sales and mergers, real estate and transportation law, and estate planning. He specializes in representing small to medium sized entities in various industries, including real estate, transportation and logistics, and start-up technology and commercial enterprises. Estate planning services are provided for business owners and their families.
Dylan Hughes
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(510) 350-9700 505 14th Street, Suite 1110
Oakland, CA 94612
Employment, Consumer, Personal Injury and Products Liability
UC Hastings COL
Dylan Hughes is a partner at Gibbs Law Group and of counsel to Girard Gibbs LLP specializing in the prosecution of class actions. He represents plaintiffs in cases involving defective products, telecommunications, credit cards, product liability, credit repair, employment misclassification and wage and hour disputes under state and federal laws. Mr. Hughes has extensive experience prosecuting complex automobile-defect cases and helped achieve recoveries on behalf of class members in the In Re General Motors Dex-Cool Cases (settlement of $50 to $800 cash reimbursements per class member vehicle repair) and In Re General Motors Cases, JCCP No. 4396, a certified...
(415) 981-4800 601 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Jean Krasilnikoff
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Attorney
(510) 452-5000 1939 Harrison St
#307
Oakland, CA 94612
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation and Civil Rights
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Mr. Steven L. Derby
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Walnut Creek, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(925) 472-6640 1255 Treat Blvd. Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Free ConsultationEmployment, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
After 22 years as a trial attorney, I have decided to limit my practice to furthering the cause of disability access and ending disability discrimination in the workplace, at home and in public places. If you are disabled temporarily or permanently, you have special rights but no government agency to enforce them. If you think you have been the victim of discrimination, call us now for a free consultation.
Kellen Crowe
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(800) 295-3905 1300 Clay Street
Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Employment, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Since his admission to the State Bar of California, Kellen has represented primarily individuals, never representing large corporations or government agencies. He has knowledge and experience in protecting the rights of his fellow citizens against organizations and governments, especially in the employment context. He has worked with dozens of clients in state and federal court, arbitration, and mediation. Before attending law school, Kellen worked for many years in the healthcare industry. Working closely with patients gave him an appreciation for the diffculties faced by people with disabilities. In his legal experience, he has represented dozens of disabled clients...
(800) 295-3905 410 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Len Watkins
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Emeryville, CA Employment Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(510) 788-0675 1900 Powell Street
Suite 840
Emeryville, CA 94608
Free ConsultationEmployment, Antitrust, Business and IP
University of San Francisco School of Law
A resident of Oakland, Len spent much of his legal career with prestigious, top-ranked, San Francisco law firms. Mr. Watkins brings the same level of expertise, and standard of excellence, to his practice in the East Bay. Focusing on consumer bankruptcy and business law, Mr. Watkins’ depth of experience and training include: A Masters of Business Administration, concentrating on finance, from the University of California, at Davis A stock brokerage license (inactive) from the National Association of Securities Dealers A California Real Estate Broker’s license Previous Experience Business Attorney Norris & Norris (now...
(510) 237-6916 125 Park Place
Suite 210
Richmond, CA 94801
(510) 788-0040 1300 Clay Street
Room 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Rocio Toriz
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California Employment Law Lawyer

University of San Francisco School of LawCalifornia
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Jane Kow
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California Employment Law Lawyer with 24 years experience

New York University School of Law9th Circuit, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California and California
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Jonathan H. Siegel
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(510) 452-5000 1939 Harrison St
#307
Oakland, CA 94612
Employment
Golden Gate University School of Law
Steven Marcus Tindall
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(510) 350-9700 505 14th St.
Ste 1110
Oakland, CA 94612
Employment and Civil Rights
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Steven Tindall is a partner with Peter Rukin Hyalnd Doria & Tindall, LLP. He has specialized in employment and class action litigation for the past twelve years. Prior to joining RHDT, Steven was a partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein for five years and was an associate at Lieff Cabraser for three years prior to becoming partner. While at Lieff Cabraser, Steven focused on plaintiffs’ class action litigation in the fields of wage and hour law, antitrust, and consumer protection. Steven also litigated a number of mass tort personal injury and toxic tort cases. Steven has been plaintiffs’ lead...
Amanda Brooke Whitten
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(415) 830-8941 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Free ConsultationEmployment
University of California - Davis
Amanda Whitten specializes in suing large corporations for sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. She is a native of the Central Valley, has a passion for Bulldog football at Fresno State, running marathons, and social justice. Ms. Whitten's law practice extends from Bakersfield to Sacramento to Oakland. She has cases filed in federal and state courts all over the Central Valley. She has significant experience with jury trials in courts throughout the state. She knows how to get your case ready for a jury trial. Just within the last few years, Ms. Whitten has recovered millions of...
(559) 494-4910 8050 N. Palm Ave., Ste. 210
Fresno, CA 93711
(916) 316-6048 770 'L' Street #950
Sacramento, CA 95814
H. Tim Hoffman
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 47 years experience
180 Grand Ave, Ste. 1550
Oakland, CA 94612
Employment, Antitrust, Civil Rights and Consumer
Univ of Illinois COL
Tim Hoffman is a pioneering California attorney with a storied, 45-year legal career, during which he has helped recover more than $1 billion for his worthy clients. Mr. Hoffman has successfully tried dozens of matters to verdict, specializing in complex civil cases, and has litigated over 200 arbitrations. He has practiced in Oakland, CA, since 1971, and was most recently selected for inclusion in 2009 Northern California Super Lawyers. Since the mid-1990's, Mr. Hoffman has been a leader among plaintiffs' employment lawyers, scoring huge victories for classes of thousands of employees at Pacific Bell (who recovered $36 million), Macy's, Starbucks,...
Kathryn Bain
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San Mateo, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(650) 378-1472 951 Mariners Island Blvd.
Ste. 300
San Mateo, CA 94404
Free ConsultationEmployment and Personal Injury
University of California - Hastings College of the Law and University of California - Santa Barbara
I am in my seventh year of practice in employment law, and have also recently added personal injury to my practice areas after assisting my law partner with personal injury cases for the last few years. I represent employees in a wide variety of employment law cases, but I'm most passionate about cases involving sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and disability discrimination. Please feel free to contact me for a free consultation if you think your rights may have been violated to see if our firm can assist you.
Ben Irwin Hamburg
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Berkeley, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(510) 985-2600 2625 Alcatraz Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Real Estate
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Ben Hamburg provides mediation services to parties seeking to resolve their disputes without the risk inherent in proceeding through trial, and additionally provides services as an arbitrator. Ben has had significant success in resolving some of the most difficult cases utilizing creative solutions. Ben also represents parties in litigation and transactional matters.
Robert Salinas
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(510) 663-9240 428 13th St
8th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Employment, Business and Landlord Tenant
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Beth Wolf Mora
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San Ramon, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(925) 820-8949 18 Crow Canyon Court, Suite 145
San Ramon, CA 94583
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Civil Rights and Elder
Golden Gate University School of Law
Jeffrey Charles Miller
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Palo Alto, CA Employment Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(650) 321-0410 2501 Park Blvd
2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
Cornell Univ
For over thirty years, I have practiced business law and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Palo Alto, California. I assist businesses with formation and planning; purchases and sales of existing businesses; termination of business entities; commercial leasing matters; and employment matters. My other focus is on mediation and arbitration, where I help clients settle disputes outside of the courtroom. What I enjoy most about being a business law attorney is helping people transform their hobbies and passions into successful businesses. Whether I’m helping someone start a restaurant or a software company, I’m always mindful of the...
Scott Edward Cole
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(510) 891-9800 1970 Broadway, Ninth Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Employment, Civil Rights and Consumer
University of San Francisco School of Law
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Employment law governs the relationship between workers and their employers. This law, contained in federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, specifies the rights and restrictions applicable to each party in the workplace.

This area of law regulates such issues as employee benefits, discipline, hiring, firing, leave, payroll, and health and safety in the workplace. It also encompasses non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistle-blowing, worker classification, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, worker's compensation, and employee handbooks.

Both federal and state laws govern the relationship between employees and employers. Federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics. Many states have enacted their own laws similar to federal ones (and sometimes are more stringent). Cities and counties also can enact ordinances that affect employee rights, such as local minimum wage laws.

Employment lawyers can choose to accept only employees as clients, only employers, or both. Some attorneys focus on a specific area of employment law, such as workers' compensation, whistleblowing or discrimination, but many can handle a wide range of employment law issues.


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Exempt employee: An employee who is not entitled to the minimum wage or overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.