Joseph T. Ortiz

Partner

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, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, 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.

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. 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

 

  • Executive Committee for the Labor & Employment Law Section of the California State Bar
  • Riverside Downtown Business Council, member and past president
  • Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, executive board
  • American Heart Association, HeartWalk executive leadership team
  • Community Police Review Commission, City of Riverside, commissioner
  • Greater Riverside PIHRA, vice chair
  • Greater Riverside EAC, board member
  • Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars, president
  • Riverside Sunrise Rotary, president 2016-2017
  • Riverside Legal Aid, board member
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - Inland Empire, board member

 

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 4, 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 

 

Event Sep 30, 2017

ICAP 2017 Fall Half-Day Educational Conference

Inland Counties Association of Paralegals

BB&K Event Aug 30, 2017

Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training Webinar (Aug. 30, 2017)

9 - 11 a.m. PT | Webinar

Event Aug 25, 2017

Business Seminar Series: Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

BB&K Event May 16, 2017

Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training Webinar (May 16, 2017)

9 - 11 a.m. PT | Webinar

Joseph Ortiz Appointed to California Fair Employment and Housing Council
BB&K In the News Mar 20, 2017

Joseph Ortiz Appointed to California Fair Employment and Housing Council

The BB&K Partner Appointed by Gov. Brown

BB&K Event Feb 21, 2017

Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training Webinar (Feb. 21, 2017)

9 - 11 a.m. PT | Webinar

Event Jan 27, 2017

Business Seminar Series: New Labor Laws 2017

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

BB&K Event Dec 14, 2016

Free BB&K Webinar Series: Prop. 64 - Marijuana, Employer Policies and Employee Rights

Second in Series on Prop. 64

[WEBINAR] Prop. 64: Marijuana, Employer Policies and Employee Rights
Videos Dec 14, 2016

[WEBINAR] Prop. 64: Marijuana, Employer Policies and Employee Rights

Second Webinar Dec. 14: Marijuana, Employer Policies and Employee Rights

Event Dec 12, 2016

Marijuana is Legal. How Should Employers Respond?

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

[WEBINAR] Annual Labor & Employment Update 2016
Videos Dec 9, 2016

[WEBINAR] Annual Labor & Employment Update 2016

New Legislation and Case Law Impacting California Employers

BB&K Event Dec 8, 2016

BB&K Webinar: Annual Labor & Employment Update 2016

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. PT | Webinar

Joseph T. Ortiz Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

Joseph T. Ortiz Video Bio

Partner

BB&K Event Nov 16, 2016

AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training Webinar (November 16, 2016)

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. PT | Webinar

Event Oct 8, 2016

Employee Rights!

Riverside Legal Aid

Event Oct 7, 2016

California’s New Laws - 2016 What a Year!

HR PRO Conference

Event Sep 17, 2016

Employee Rights!

Riverside Legal Aid

Event Sep 8, 2016

HRNG Breakfast Meeting

Legal Update

Event Aug 26, 2016

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

Event Mar 18, 2016

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce

BB&K Event Feb 25, 2016

AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training Webinar (February 25, 2016)

1 - 3 p.m. PT | Webinar

Event Jan 29, 2016

New Labor Laws 2016

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Business Seminar Series

BB&K Event Dec 10, 2015

BB&K Webinar: Annual Labor & Employment Update 2015

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. PT | Webinar

BB&K Event Nov 10, 2015

AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training Webinar (November 10, 2015)

10 a.m. - Noon PT | Webinar

Press Releases Oct 14, 2015

Two BB&K Attorneys Appointed to State Bar of California Section Executive Committees

Partners Joseph Ortiz and Alisha Winterswyk Tapped for Three-Year Terms in Their Respective Practice Sections

Event Oct 1, 2015

Sick Leave...What Else?

HR Pro Conference

Event Aug 28, 2015

Fair Labor Standards Act’s Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements

Corona Chamber of Commerce

Event Aug 27, 2015

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

BB&K Event Jul 1, 2015

Required Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training for Supervisors

BB&K Training Programs Will Satisfy The Requirement For Your Supervisors And Other Managers (Assembly Bill 1825)

BB&K Event Jun 23, 2015

AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training Webinar (June 23, 2015)

9 - 11 a.m. PT | Webinar

Event Jun 18, 2015

New California Paid Sick Leave Law

Riverside Business Expo & Mixer

Event Jun 18, 2015

California Wage and Hour Laws

Arlington Morning Mixer

Event Apr 24, 2015

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce

BB&K Event Apr 2, 2015

AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training Webinar

10 a.m - Noon PT | Webinar

Event Jan 30, 2015

New Labor Laws 2015

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Business Seminar Series

Event Dec 11, 2014

Newly Elected Policy Briefing

Association of California Cities Orange County

BB&K Event Dec 10, 2014

BB&K Webinar: Labor & Employment Update 2014

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. PT | Webinar

Event Nov 20, 2014

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce

BB&K Event Nov 18, 2014

AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training (November 18)

BB&K Event Aug 12, 2014

AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training (August 12)

Seminar | Multiple BB&K Offices