Labor and Employment

Our employment attorneys are nationally recognized experts in every aspect of the employer-employee relationship. You don't have to be afraid of being an employer in California if you know the rules. We know the rules, and can guide you every step of the way.

We Anticipate and Avoid Employment Problems  

Our first goal is to prevent employment trouble by spotting and avoiding problems at an early stage. We work collaboratively with you to see that forms and policies comply with the law, while providing the maximum possible protection. We understand the need to promote productivity, company values and business goals, and develop policies and best practices with these considerations in mind. Our best work goes unnoticed, as we prevent expensive and time-consuming problems before they arise.

When disputes do arise, we are tough, smart, talented, and seasoned litigators. We know the value of a case, and can guide your settlement strategy. If the case should settle, we look for an early settlement window to avoid unnecessary legal fees.  

We have won jury verdicts in Superior Courts across California and in Federal Courts across the country.  Wherever possible, we move cases to less costly arbitration, where we have successfully tried a wide range of employment disputes. We know how to keep you out of litigation, but we also know how to bring home a great result if you find yourself in a dispute.

We Don't Learn at Your Expense

We are the Editors of the California Employment Law Letter, which reports every new case, law and regulation in this rapidly evolving field. Clients don't have to pay us to learn employment law, because we are experts in it already. Every year, we train hundreds of human resources managers and other lawyers in the full scope of employment law. We provide that knowledge to our clients.

Services Provided

Counseling and Documentation

  • Establishing compliant documentation and employer practices
  • Employer counseling and training
  • Preventive advice 
  • Drafting of employee handbooks, personnel policies, procedures and other documents
  • Drafting and properly enforcing leave policies
  • State and Federal wage and hour law and OSHA compliance 

Defending Employers Against Claims of:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination
  • Race Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • National Origin/ Ancestry Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination/ Failure to Accommodate
  • Whistleblower Retaliation
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Breach of Employment Contracts 
  • Meal and Rest Break Violations
  • Wage and Hour Violations
  • Labor Code Violations Under Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act
  • Trade Secret Violations and Unfair Competition
 

Practice Contact

Cathleen S. Yonahara

yonahara@freelandlaw.com
415.541.0200

 

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We understand the need to promote productivity, company values and business goals, and develop policies and best practices with these considerations in mind.