Joseph T. Ortiz

Partner

joseph.ortiz@bbklaw.com

Tel: (951) 826-8291

Location(s)

At a Glance

Joseph represents private and municipal employers in employment matters.

He maintains a close working relationship with the human resource departments of the agencies and organizations he serves.

Joseph was management at UPS during the 1997 strike, giving him first-hand experience during a critical labor negotiation.
 

An experienced trial lawyer and human resources attorney, Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner Joseph T. Ortiz has successfully tried employment matters before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration tribunals on claims of all types.

Joseph’s experience includes the representation of private and municipal employers in employment matters of all kinds, such as:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Fraud
  • Negligent misrepresentation
  • Wage-and-hour violation
  • Leave law compliance
  • Breach of implied employment contract
  • Interference with prospective economic advantage
  • Unfair competition
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Breach of contract
  • ADA compliance
  • OSHA citations
  • Civil rights
  • Various forms of unfair business practices


Human Resources Consultation
Joseph maintains a close working relationship with the human resource departments of the agencies and organizations he serves. By keeping in contact, he is able to seamlessly step in when called upon to address personnel issues. He also continually consults and provides employers with a variety of human resources services, including:

  • Drafting critical employment policies, employment and severance agreements, consultant agreements, independent contractor agreements, and employment policies of all types
  • Providing in-house training on sexual and other types of harassment avoidance
  • Providing consultation on all types of employment discrimination, wage and hour issues, affirmative action, and sensitivity and diversity concerns


Labor Negotiations
Before going to law school, Joseph spent some time on the front lines of one of the country’s most critical and costly union-led work stoppages. He was recently promoted to management at United Parcel Service when the drivers went on strike in 1997, halting operations for more than two weeks and costing UPS hundreds of millions of dollars. That experience gave Joseph the unique insider’s perspective of labor negotiations and union operations. Joseph defends private and public employers from grievances filed by unions, and advises and represents employers in union representation proceedings and elections.

Administrative Hearings
Joseph has also represented management before federal and state administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, Public Employment Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, State Labor Commissioner, and, in limited instances, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

He is well versed on the issues that correlate specifically to public employees, and has handled Skelly rights hearings on behalf of public employers when an employee elects to respond to allegations prior to imposition of any disciplinary action. Joseph also handles hearings for citations and appeals before the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, where the stakes are high for employers whose licenses can be compromised with a negative finding. Joseph serves on the California Fair Employment and Housing Council, which he was first appointed to by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017.

Litigation
While employers hope that personnel issues don’t result in lawsuits, it inevitably happens. Because Joseph is usually involved in issues once they arise, he advises clients on the best ways to handle lawsuits. He has handled arbitrations, mediations, state court hearings and trials and appeals on behalf of employers. His experience working as mediator as a panelist for Riverside County Dispute Resolution Services gives him valuable insight when reviewing and analyzing a matter for a client.

Joseph taught employment law as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Riverside extension program. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Section of the California Lawyers Association and is the immediate past chair of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Board. Joseph is a first generation immigrant in a Guatemalan family that loves music. His sister is a professional musician, he plays the blues and even the oldest of his three young children is already in on the act with piano lessons. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., cum laude


Awards

  • AV® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Superb Rated Attorney from AVVO.com
Best in Law: #MeToo Focus of New California Employment Laws
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 22, 2019

Best in Law: #MeToo Focus of New California Employment Laws

Joseph Ortiz Writes of New Laws Meant to Protect Employees for the Southern California Newspaper Group

#MeToo Impact and Other Legislative Changes
Legal Alerts Jan 15, 2019

#MeToo Impact and Other Legislative Changes

California’s 2019 Labor & Employment Update: Part I

Best in Law: No Off-the-Clock Work
Authored Articles & Publications Oct 02, 2018

Best in Law: No Off-the-Clock Work

BB&K Partner Joseph Ortiz Writes About the Starbucks Wage-and-Hour Class Action Decision in the Press-Enterprise and Other Newspapers

Harassment and Transgender Regulations: Workplace Impact
Authored Articles & Publications May 23, 2018

Harassment and Transgender Regulations: Workplace Impact

BB&K Partner Joseph Ortiz Writes on Recent Regulations in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

California Departs From the Federal Overtime Calculation Standard
Legal Alerts Apr 11, 2018

California Departs From the Federal Overtime Calculation Standard

State Supreme Court Retroactively Adopts California Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement Manual Calculation

Best in Law: Understanding California's New Employment Laws
Authored Articles & Publications Feb 21, 2018

Best in Law: Understanding California's New Employment Laws

Partner Joseph Ortiz Provides Update in the Press-Enterprise

California’s Labor & Employment Changes for 2018: Part I
Legal Alerts Feb 07, 2018

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

Legislative Changes Impacting Employers

Best in Law: Four Steps Employers Can Take to Avoid a #MeToo Situation
Authored Articles & Publications Dec 26, 2017

Best in Law: Four Steps Employers Can Take to Avoid a #MeToo Situation

BB&K Attorneys Joseph Ortiz and Tristan Kirk Write for the Press-Enterprise

Addressing Workplace Harassment in an Age of Heightened Awareness
Legal Alerts Dec 05, 2017

Addressing Workplace Harassment in an Age of Heightened Awareness

Four Steps Employers Can Take Now

Parental Leave Rights Expanded Under New California Law
Legal Alerts Oct 23, 2017

Parental Leave Rights Expanded Under New California Law

Businesses and Agencies with 20 or More Employees Impacted

Best in Law: What to do to Comply with Transgender Laws
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 10, 2017

Best in Law: What to do to Comply with Transgender Laws

New California Laws Took Effect July 1, Partner Joe Ortiz Writes in Press-Enterprise

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: Dealing with Traumatized Workers
Authored Articles & Publications Dec 28, 2015

Best in Law: Dealing with Traumatized Workers

In the Wake of Tragedies, Like the Recent Shooting in San Bernardino, Employees May Be Greatly Impacted, BB&K Partner Joseph Ortiz Writes in The Press-Enterprise's Best in Law Column

Trends, Developments, and Best Practices Relevant to Drafting Employment Agreements
Authored Articles & Publications Oct 29, 2014

Trends, Developments, and Best Practices Relevant to Drafting Employment Agreements

Aspatore Books

EEOC Releases Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Laws
Legal Alerts Jul 31, 2014

EEOC Releases Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Laws

Guidance Does Not Address State-specific Laws and Requirements

The Impact of Recent Regulatory Developments in Employment Law Published by Aspatore Books
Authored Articles & Publications Nov 04, 2013

The Impact of Recent Regulatory Developments in Employment Law Published by Aspatore Books

By Joseph T. Ortiz, et. al

  • Big Changes for California’s Labor, Employment LawsPublicCEO, Jan. 19, 2017 (via BBKnowledge)
  • “EEOC Releases Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Laws,” BB&K Legal Alert, July 31, 2014
  • “Private-Sector Employers: Updating Your Social Media Policies,” Riverside Press-Enterprise, June 17, 2013
  • “Exhaustion of Pregnancy Leave Does Not Insulate Employer from Potential Liability for Subsequent Termination,” BB&K Legal Alert, Feb. 26, 2013 

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