Labor & Employment Litigation

Employment litigation is always a risk. Costly, disruptive to business, time consuming and potentially damaging to the employer’s reputation, the best strategy is generally avoidance. However, when litigation proves necessary or the best course of action, public and private entities rely on Best Best & Krieger LLP to represent them effectively in and out of court.
 
BB&K employment litigation attorneys have represented cities, all types of public agencies, school districts, special districts and private businesses since the firm’s inception. We work closely and personally with each client to develop effective compliance and dispute resolution strategies, and we provide vigorous defense in all types of labor and employment litigation, arbitrations, CalSTRS and CalPERS appeals and other administrative proceedings at the federal, state and local levels.
 
Our attorneys have appeared on behalf of clients in proceedings before Department of Industrial Relations, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office for Civil Rights, Public Employment Relations Board, National Labor Relations Board, Public Employment Relations Board, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Office of Administrative Hearings.
 
We have advised on and resolved disputes regarding a wide range of labor and employment issues. These include:

  • Union contracts, collective bargaining issues, impasse procedures, grievance and arbitration proceedings, and other union-related matters
  • Violations of laws such as Title VII, Title XI, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, California Fair Employment and Housing Act, California Family Rights Act, California Pregnancy Disability Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Substance abuse and testing
  • Hiring, firing and discipline
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Workplace injuries
 

BB&K litigators handle all necessary motions, discovery, witnesses, trial preparation and trial itself, both jury and nonjury.
 
Proactive Guidance & Litigation Avoidance
Recognizing the potential exposure litigation poses, we work closely with clients, assisting them in developing, administering and enforcing employment policies and best practices designed to avoid liability in the workplace. We advise on all aspects of the law, prepare employee handbooks, and offer training programs to help clients reduce the risk of future litigation.

Roger K. Crawford

Roger K. Crawford

Partner

(909) 466-4918

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Laura J. Fowler

Laura J. Fowler

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2085

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Public Agency Labor & Employment
Cynthia M. Germano

Cynthia M. Germano

Partner

(951) 826-8232

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Municipal | Municipal Law | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Thomas M. O'Connell

Thomas M. O'Connell

Associate

(951) 826-8337

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Arlene Prater

Arlene Prater

Partner

(619) 525-1334

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law
Ashley E. Ratliff

Ashley E. Ratliff

Associate

(916) 551-2836

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Municipal | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Public Agency Litigation
Joseph R. Sanchez

Joseph R. Sanchez

Partner

(619) 525-1372

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation
Stacey N. Sheston

Stacey N. Sheston

Partner

(916) 551-2099

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Wage & Hour Law
Event May 3-5, 2017

City Attorneys' Spring Conference

League of California Cities

Event Apr 20, 2017

2017 Federal Civil Practice Seminar

Federal Bar Association Inland Empire Chapter

Restaurant Chain Must Allow Employees to Wear Union Buttons
Legal Alerts Mar 24, 2017

Restaurant Chain Must Allow Employees to Wear Union Buttons

NLRB Ruling a Cautionary Tale for Employers

Press Releases Mar 23, 2017

Sacramento Business Journal Again Ranks BB&K as a Top Litigation Firm

Based on Number of Attorneys

Appellate Challenge of NLRB's New Joint Employer Standard Moves Forward
Legal Alerts Mar 7, 2017

Appellate Challenge of NLRB's New Joint Employer Standard Moves Forward

Oral Argument Expected this Week

Press Releases Feb 22, 2017

Partner Arlene Prater Named One of San Diego’s Most Influential Women in Business

San Diego Daily Transcript Recognizes Women for Impacts in Their Fields

Event Jan 27, 2017

Business Seminar Series: New Labor Laws 2017

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

Press Releases Jan 20, 2017

San Diego Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017

Congratulations to the BB&K Attorneys Recognized for their Work

[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

Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Takes Effect
Legal Alerts May 16, 2016

Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Takes Effect

Employers Should Immediately Revise Confidentiality Agreements to Comply

Press Releases Mar 24, 2016

BB&K Named a Top Litigation Firm in Sacramento

The Sacramento Business Journal Ranked the Firm 24th of the Top 30

Client Successes Jan 27, 2016

BB&K Wins Overtime Ruling in Appellate Court for Client

Howard Golds and Elizabeth A. Han represented employer in lawsuit challenging its overtime formula.

Client Successes May 22, 2015

BB&K Secures Employment Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissal for Client

Attorney Cynthia Germano successfully represented Los Angeles Community College District in action

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