Cynthia M. Germano

Partner

cynthia.germano@bbklaw.com

Tel: (951) 826-8232

Location(s)

At a Glance

Cynthia regularly defends employers in both state and federal court over a wide range of employment relationship issues.

She often presents information to clients and community groups.

Cynthia is managing partner of BB&K’s Riverside office.
 


Cynthia Germano has more than 20 years of experience working in partnership with her employer clients on a daily basis to help them manage their employees. She is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Labor & Employment practice group and the managing partner of the firm’s Riverside office. 

Advising 
Cynthia recognizes that litigation is always the least desirable manner to resolve employer-employee disputes. In an effort to prevent lawsuits from being filed, she regularly advises both private and public employers on all aspects of employee management, including:

  • Discipline and termination
  • Complaints of harassment
  • Employee leave issues including requests for accommodations
  • Claims regarding wages
  • Drafting and updating employment policies. 


Cynthia also represents employers in all levels of grievance and administrative hearings.

Litigation
Despite an employer’s best efforts, some employees file lawsuits. Cynthia regularly defends employers in both state and federal court in lawsuits arising out of the employment relationship, including:
 

  • Claims for harassment
  • Disability and leave discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Wrongful termination
  • Unpaid wages
  • Breach of contract


Cynthia works with her clients to develop a strategy to defend and dispose of the lawsuits as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Cynthia regularly presents training seminars to her clients and community groups on various employment law issues. She lives on a ranch in Norco with her daughter, five horses and an adorable mini donkey. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • Loyola Law School, J.D.
  • Whittier College, B.A., magna cum laude
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California’s Labor & Employment Changes for 2018: Part II
Legal Alerts Feb 20, 2018

California’s Labor & Employment Changes for 2018: Part II

Court Cases Impacting Labor & Employment Law

Best in Law: California Employers Have New Rules to Follow — Effective Now
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 30, 2017

Best in Law: California Employers Have New Rules to Follow — Effective Now

Companies Should Be Aware of Numerous Bills Signed Last Year

Best in Law: Beware of In-Lieu-Of Payments to Employees
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 13, 2016

Best in Law: Beware of In-Lieu-Of Payments to Employees

BB&K Partner Cynthia Germano Discusses How a Federal Appeals Court Ruling Could Lead to Big Expenses and Changes in Practice

Ninth Circuit Shakes Up Regular Rate-of-Pay Calculations in Flores v. City of San Gabriel
Legal Alerts Jun 16, 2016

Ninth Circuit Shakes Up Regular Rate-of-Pay Calculations in Flores v. City of San Gabriel

Employers May Need to Restructure “Cash in Lieu of” Payments

Authored Articles & Publications Jun 13, 2016

Best in Law: Act Now on New OT Rule

BB&K Attorneys Cynthia Germano and Thomas O’Connell Discuss What Employers Must Know to Comply with New Overtime Rule

Best in Law: Key Changes in Employment Laws for 2016
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 24, 2016

Best in Law: Key Changes in Employment Laws for 2016

Partner Cynthia Germano Shares the Year's Most Notable Employment-Related Laws in the Press-Enterprise

Best in Law: Good News for Employers on Wage, Hour Laws
Authored Articles & Publications Nov 03, 2015

Best in Law: Good News for Employers on Wage, Hour Laws

BB&K Partner Cynthia Germano Writes in The Press-Enterprise About a New Law That Grants Employers a Limited Opportunity to Cure Technical Violations in Wage Statements Issued to Their Employees

Best in Law: Paid Sick Leave Now Required in California
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 25, 2015

Best in Law: Paid Sick Leave Now Required in California

BB&K's Cynthia Germano Talks About California's Most Talked About New Labor Law in This Month's Press-Enterprise Best in Law Column

Employers Should Prepare Now for Sick Leave Changes
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 19, 2015

Employers Should Prepare Now for Sick Leave Changes

Changes in California's Sick Leave Policy This Year Are Explored in the Los Angeles Business Journal by BB&K Partner Cynthia Germano

  • “New Labor Laws Affecting Businesses Take Effect in 2014,”Press Enterprise, Dec. 31, 2013
  • “New Labor Laws Impacting Business Owners,” Press Enterprise, Dec. 30, 2012
  • “California Supreme Court Clarifies Law on Meal Breaks,” Press Enterprise, April 22, 2012

Contact Cynthia M. Germano