Richmond, California Employment Lawyers

Pawanpreet Dhaliwal
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Skilled & Determined Employment Lawyer! Compassionate & Zealous Representation!

I am dedicated to knowledgeable and aggressive legal representation for employment law matters. I am committed to protecting your rights and interests! Visit my website to see case results or call for a consultation.
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Jean Krasilnikoff
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Dedicated Employment & Labor Lawyer! Fighting for Employee Rights & Interests!

I am a skilled and determined California employment lawyer. I am committed to exceptional service and results for all of your employment law needs. Visit my website to see case results and call for a consultation.
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Jody I. LeWitter
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Experienced & Passionate Employment Attorney! Pursuing Justice for Employees!

I am a dedicated and skilled California employment law attorney. I have been aggressively fighting for justice in the workplace for 30 years! Call for a consultation, visit my website for case settlements and verdicts.
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Jonathan H. Siegel
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Outstanding Success in Employment Law Representation! Skill & Experience!

I am a trusted yet formidable advocate for those who have been wronged in the workplace. I am dedicated to aggressively protecting your rights and interests! Visit my website for case results or call for a consultation.
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Te'Reisha N. Graves
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Point Richmond, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(510) 234-2808 145 Park Place, Suite A
Point Richmond, CA 94801
Free ConsultationEmployment, Family and Personal Injury
Florida A&M University College of Law
Te’Reisha N. Graves is a Richmond, California native. Ms. Graves is committed to ensuring her clients receive zealous representation from start to finish. Ms. Graves fights tirelessly to find solutions to resolve each client’s unique matter. She effectively communicates with her clients throughout their case to make certain they are not left in the dark. Ms. Graves demonstrates a high degree of care and compassion when dealing with her clients.

Ms. Graves graduated from California State University, East Bay, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice Administration. After graduation, Ms. Graves attended John F....
Len Watkins
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Richmond, CA Employment Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(510) 237-6916 125 Park Place
Suite 210
Richmond, CA 94801
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...
John Ward Schilt
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Point Richmond, CA Employment Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(510) 234-2808 145 Park Place
Suite A
Point Richmond, CA 94801
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Construction and Personal Injury
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Richmond, CA Employment Law Attorney with 4 years experience
5437 Columbia Ave
Richmond, CA 94804
Employment and International
Jennifer R. Lovko
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Berkeley, CA Employment Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(510) 859-7377 1061 Eastshore Highway, Suite 206
Berkeley, CA 94710
Employment, Business, Consumer and Medical Malpractice
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Rae has extensive experience, having successfully represented hundreds of clients throughout her career. At Lovko & King, her focus is on providing client-focused representation at an affordable price.
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.
Norman Blumenthal
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(415) 935-3957 1750 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationEmployment
Loyola Univ School of Law
SALARIED WORKERS STILL GET OVERTIME In California, there are certain exemptions that allow employers to deny paying employees overtime. Whether or not an employee meets those exemptions is typically based on their job duties and responsibilities. There are many situations where employers misclassify employees as exempt from overtime based solely on their job title. For example, the employer will give the employee a fancy job title that includes the word Manager or Supervisor, when in fact, the employee is performing manual or clerical labor according to the employers strict guidelines and protocols. In other words, the employee is exercising independent...
Janelle J. Smith
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Berkeley, CA Employment Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(510) 398-0733 1808 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Free ConsultationEmployment and Business
University of San Francisco School of Law
I help clients with their employment, business, and start-up needs. I also represent clients involved in civil litigation. Please contact me to find out how I can help you with your legal needs.
Sean Hogle
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San Rafael, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(415) 287-3207 Lerman Law Building
802 B Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Employment, Antitrust, Business and Communications
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Sean's law practice is focused primarily on technology ventures, such as software, wireless telecommunications, and Internet-related companies, as well as firms in the visual effects, concept art and emerging media space. Sean's seventeen years of diverse legal experience make him well-suited to act as a "virtual general counsel" to his venture clients, guiding such enterprises through the complex legal and regulatory environment of the United States and abroad--and in all stages of growth, from founding to IPO. Having closed countless complex technology transactions with numerous Fortune 100 companies worldwide, Sean has become the consummate deal lawyer, bringing to the table an...
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.
Latika M. Malkani
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Aggressive Advocacy for Employee Rights! Exceptional Representation!

I have fought to protect the rights and interests of workers since 1996. I believe in creating workplaces that are fair, respectful and functional. Visit my website to see case results and call now for a consultation.
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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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Eric Francis Pierson
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(917) 940-0202 4096 Piedmont Avenue, #701
Oakland, CA 94611
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and IP
Stanford University
Eric Pierson is a practical and results-oriented generalist attorney with over twenty years of law firm and in-house experience and a proven track record of success as a strategic business partner and trusted advisor.

Prior to starting his own firm, Eric spent over twelve years in-house in New York as a corporate generalist and lead U.S. attorney supporting the Americas division of Mitsui, a Fortune Global 500 Japanese multinational conglomerate. Previously he practiced at San Francisco-based McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen and its successor firm, Bingham McCutchen, for ten years, primarily as a litigator focused on intellectual property and contract...
Berne Reuben
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Berkeley, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(510) 981-0143 2222 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Employment and Civil Rights
Boalt Hall (University of Berkeley School of Law) and Golden Gate University School of Law
Deborah Marie Kochan
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Berkeley, CA Employment Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(510) 649-1130 1680 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
Employment and Civil Rights
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
J.E.B. Pickett
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Greenbrae, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(415) 461-6400 100 Drakes Landing Rd, Suite 275
Greenbrae, CA 94904
Employment, Appeals, Personal Injury and Products Liability
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Twenty-four-year career of cost-efficient litigation, management, and resolution of large dockets of a wide variety of thorny, high-exposure disputes up to $200 million. More than twelve years focused on employment law, with previous experience in intellectual property, products liability, and insured claims. Entrusted to: • Weigh risks and benefits of legal proceedings and assessment of settlement strategies • Run efficient teams with emphasis on streamlining processes and developing internal talent to full potential • Legal research, writing, argument of motions including summary judgment, class certification • Manage experts, reduce legal spend, and win on a shoe-string budget • Handle all aspects of...
Alexander Stern
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Berkeley, CA Employment Law Attorney
(415) 964-1115 PO Box 9437
Berkeley, CA 94709
Employment, Communications and Consumer
University of California - Berkeley
Arthur J. Obolsky
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Berkeley, CA Employment Law Lawyer
(510) 990-5965 1808 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Employment, Business, Construction and Consumer
University of San Diego School of Law
Stephen Fredrick Henry
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Berkeley, CA Employment Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(510) 898-1883 2625 Alcatraz Ave,. No. 615
Berkeley, CA 94705
Employment, Appeals, Business and Civil Rights
Georgetown Univ Law Ctr
Kelly Armstrong
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Sausalito, CA Employment Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(866) 590-6082 302 Caledonia Street
Suite 4
Sausalito, CA 94965
Employment and Civil Rights
U of San Francisco School of Law
Diana Maier
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Corte Madera, CA Employment Law Lawyer
(415) 515-1707 770 Tamalpais Drive
Suite 321
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Employment
Anthony Sperber
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Berkeley, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(510) 845-8844 1808 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Employment
U of San Francisco School of Law
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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California Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia
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Leslie Leone
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Mill Valley, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
20 Sunnyside Avenue, Suite A
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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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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...
Devin Coyle
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 9 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.
Alan Adelman
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(415) 956-1376 240 Stockton Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Free ConsultationEmployment
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
For over twenty years I have focused my entire legal practice on exclusively representing employees in a wide variety of employment matters, including wrongful terminations, unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation and severance negotiations. I handle all lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, meaning that I do not charge a fee in a litigation if I do not secure a recovery on behalf of my client. I have advocated on behalf of several hundred employees in State and Federal Court and have completed nearly twenty trials.
Arkady Itkin
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(415) 295-4730 100 Pine Street
Sutie 1250
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationEmployment, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Products Liability
University of the Pacific
Since 2007 our office has been dedicated to representing San Francisco and Sacramento area employees and victims of serious injuries in a wide range of employment, wrongful termination and injury cases. Individual approach to each client and each injury or employment case is what distinguishes us from other attorneys, as we recognize that each case is as different as each person who has been either injured or aggrieved by their employer.
Steven Aaron Kronenberg
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(888) 504-0157 711 Van Ness Ave Ste 220
San Francisco, CA 94102
Employment, Consumer, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Temple Univ School of Law
Mr. Kronenberg's practice focuses on: - Catastrophic Injury: including representing people who consumed food allergens or pathogens, as well as workers who used defectively designed or manufactured food processing equipment, victims of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord trauma, nerve damage, and severe orthopedic injuries arising from construction accidents, industrial accidents, dangerous premises, auto accidents, wrongful death, governmental or public entity liability, and professional negligence. Mr. Kronenberg has more than a decade of experience litigating personal injury and product liability cases from their inception through trial and appeal. - Consumer Protection: litigating class action claims arising from...
Stephanie Ann Doria
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(415) 421-1800 201 Mission Street
#1250
San Francisco, CA 94105
Free ConsultationEmployment and Civil Rights
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Stephanie Doria is Of Counsel at Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP. She represents clients in employment law matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment, disability rights, breach of contract, wrongful termination, leave of absence claims, whistleblower/retaliation, wage and hour matters, and class action litigation. Stephanie has represented clients both state and federal court, in binding arbitration and in proceedings in front of the Fair Employment and Housing Commission. Prior to forming RHDT in 2005, Stephanie was a senior associate in the employment law department of Paul, Hastings , Janofsky & Walker LLP, one of the country’s premier law firms in...
Daniel L Feder
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(415) 391-9476 332 Pine St., Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationEmployment, Arbitration & Mediation, Personal Injury and Stockbroker Fraud
University of California - Los Angeles
Law Firm Specializing in Employment Discrimination and Harassment and Personal Injury Cases. The Law Offices of Daniel Feder consistently provide consumers and employees with top-quality attorney representation. Mr. Feder represents employees in discrimination, harassment and whistleblower lawsuits against their former employers. He also practices in the area of personal injury and medical malpractice. He provides representation on a contingency basis. He offers free initial one hour consultations to the public. The Law Offices of Daniel Feder is dedicated to providing employees in California with access to top-quality representation in disputes with their former employers. Mr. Feder has spent more...
Vincent Tong
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Attorney with 8 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.
Jon Paul Webster
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Concord, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(925) 609-7600 1985 Bonifacio Street
Suite 102
Concord, CA 94520-2264
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
John F. Kennedy School of Law and California State University - Sacramento
I am a former police officer and deputy district attorney. I have been in private practice since 1994. I bring the experiences I have gained to fight for my clients. Whether you have an employment, business or real property transaction or you are involved in a dispute, my firm will work diligently to represent you in negotiations, administrative, civil or criminal proceedings from initiation through appeal. I routinely represent both employees and employers in wage and hour and discrimination cases. I provide advice and represent individuals, corporations and limited liability partnerships and companies in real property matters...
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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Mark Tad Malachowski
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(415) 983-0717 703 Market Street
Suite 1108
San Francisco, CA 94103
Employment, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Northwestern Cal Univ of Law
Founded by Mark Malachowski, the Law Office of Malachowski and Associates provides legal services to clients in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area. Our office recognizes that lives and fortunes hang in the balance when a client seeks our services, so we strive to work closely with you to develop an individually designed action plan to achieve your goals. Mr. Malachowski has a wide breadth of education and experience apart from his Juris Doctorate in Law and his legal counsel and litigation work for businesses, investors and individuals. With his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Science...
An Nguyen Ruda
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(415) 984-9613 2 Embarcadero Center
5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Employment and Business
Santa Clara University School of Law
John Francis Hyland
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Oakland, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(415) 421-1800 1939 Harrison Street, Ste. 290
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationEmployment and Civil Rights
Golden Gate University School of Law
John Hyland is a partner with Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP. He practices exclusively in the area of employment law. John was Of Counsel with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in the firm’s San Francisco office where he advised and represented companies in State and Federal court actions covering all areas of employment law, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, disability law, employee privacy, employee leaves, and wage and hour issues. John regularly conducts training seminars and presents on a wide array of employment law issues. Law & Politics Magazine selected John as one of its Northern California Super Lawyers...
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
Dena M. Roche
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Attorney
(415) 952-3006 4 Embarcadero Center
#1400
San Francisco, CA 94111
Employment, Business and Consumer
University of San Francisco School of Law
N. William Metke
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(415) 572-9556 1 Sansome Street
Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationEmployment and Civil Rights
U of San Francisco School of Law
An Advocate for Your Rights in the Workplace. The Law Office of N. William Metke specializes in employment law litigation. The firm provides vigorous advocacy on behalf of individuals who have encountered injustice in the workplace. This includes discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, unpaid wages, and other wrongs in the employment context. We represent clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. tel: 415-572-9556 email: nwm@metkelaw.com
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);...
Shirley Wang
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(415) 278-1400 625 Market St
12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Employment, Appeals and Business
New York University School of Law
Timothy Tietjen
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(415) 940-7176 44 Montgomery Street
Suite 750
San Francisco, CA 94104
Employment, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Products Liability
University of San Francisco School of Law
As a partner at the firm Rouda Feeder Tietjen & McGuinn, San Francisco lawyer Timothy G. Tietjen focuses his practice on personal injury cases. Mr. Tietjen has been practicing law in California for over three decades. On numerous occasions, he has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers® lists. He received his undergraduate degree from California State University at Hayward and his Juris Doctor from the University Of San Francisco School Of Law. His firm is happy to offer free consultations—contact them today to get yours.
Eric Whitehead
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San Francisco, CA Employment Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(415) 392-4660 12 Funston Ave., Suite B
San Francisco, CA 94129
Employment, Consumer and Insurance Claims
University of California - Hastings College of the Law and Dickinson College
Eric Whitehead joined Ray Bourhis Associates as an associate attorney in 2015. He represents long-term disability claimants in every aspect of the insurance claims process and state and federal litigation. Mr. Whitehead has expertise in California state insurance regulations, as well as contract and bad faith causes of action. He advises and represents claimants from across the country in disputes over ERISA policy coverage, the recovery of long-term disability benefits, and the interrelationship between unfair claims handling practices and intentional torts. Mr. Whitehead is passionate about the rights of disability claimants and has a deep appreciation...
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Problems in the workplace?

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.


Essential job functions: The fundamental job duties of the employment position that the individual with a disability holds or desires. The term essential functions does not include marginal functions of the position.

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