Weintraub Tobin attorneys advise employers in every aspect of traditional employment and labor law, ranging from preventative employment counseling to all types of employment-based disputes and litigation.
Our attorneys provide counseling on issues such as hiring, disciplinary actions, terminations and layoffs, employment and severance contracts, covenants not to compete and employee handbooks. We assist with compliance regarding a variety of state and federal laws such as workers compensation, occupational safety and health, wage and hour, and anti-discrimination statutes such as Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Because not all employment issues can be anticipated or resolved prior to litigation, we defend employers before a variety of local agencies, and federal and state courts. The group has had marked success in defending employers, often winning summary judgment or other pre-trial dismissal. The firm’s trial record is equally distinguished. Where appropriate, we also represent employers in alternative dispute resolution forums, including mediation and arbitration.
Our team has extensive experience in the following related services:
- Employment policies and procedures
- Employment contracts and compensation plans
- Unfair competition and protection of trade secrets
- Regulatory compliance, audits, investigations and hearings
- Wage and hour audits and counseling
- Training on various workplace issues such as prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; workplace health and safety; administering statutory leaves of absence; and wage and hour obligations
- Successful representation of employers in employment-related litigation
- Workplace investigations re: charges of harassment, discrimination or retaliation; workplace violence; theft; whistleblowing; drug or alcohol abuse; disciplines and terminations; and violations of company policies
The following attorneys make up our Labor and Employment Practice Group:
Charles L. Post
Charles L. Post is a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation group and is the chair of the Labor and Employment group. Chuck actively practices in the areas of labor and employment law, insurance coverage and appellate law. His employment practice includes counseling employers in all areas of employment law and representing management in the defense of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, trade secret, and other employment disputes. He has extensive experience defending multi-party complex litigation involving misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and corporate raiding.
Lizbeth “Best” V. West
Lizbeth “Beth” V. West is a shareholder in the firm’s Labor and Employment, Appeals and Writs, and Litigation groups. She assists employers in all aspects of their employment relationship with their employees and defends employers in employment disputes. Her practice focuses on counseling and training employers and management staff on matters such as hiring, performance problems, disciplinary actions, privacy, terminations, lay-offs, employment policies and contracts, protection of trade secrets, wage and hour laws, leave laws, prevention of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and compliance with other state and federal employment laws.
James Kachmar is a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation and Labor and Employment groups. His practice focuses on representing individual and corporate clients in cases involving employment issues, trade secret misappropriation and unfair business practices claims; shareholder disputes, breach of contracts and leases and stock fraud. James also counsels and represents charter schools
Brendan Begley spearheads the firm’s Appeals and Writs group and is a member of the firm’s labor and employment, litigation, and trust, probate and elder-abuse litigation groups. He is an Appellate Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. In litigation, Brendan has worked on class actions and managed entire cases, including conducting witness interviews, preparing written discovery, arguing related motions, taking and defending scores of depositions, prevailing on numerous anti-SLAPP and dispositive motions, mediating many cases, and second-chairing trials to successful verdicts.
Shauna N. Correia
Shauna N. Correia is of counsel in the firm’s Sacramento and San Francisco offices. Her practice focuses on the resolution of business disputes. She is an accomplished negotiator and experienced trial attorney. Shauna represents businesses in a broad range of litigation matters in both California and Nevada. She has experience defending employers in the areas of civil rights, tort, and contract claims including discrimination, disability accommodation, retaliation, harassment, leave laws, and wrongful discharge claims under federal and state laws.
Meagan Bainbridge is an associate of the Labor and Employment and Litigation groups where she exclusively practices employment law and related litigation in both state and federal courts, and before various administrative agencies. Additionally, she provides advice and counsel to employers concerning their workplace policies, practices, and personnel decisions.
Marvin Gelfand represents numerous institutional and other business clients in a broad variety of endeavors. His representative clients include businesses in the manufacturing, electronics, wine importation/distribution, healthcare, trucking, furniture, jewelry, toys and clothing and entertainment industries. He also represents several labor and employment leasing companies.
Paul E. Gaspari
Paul E. Gaspari advises clients on commercial law, insurance defense, public liability, real estate, and employment related litigation. He routinely represents employers and their insurers in the defense of employee misconduct actions including the defense of sexual harassment claims, DFEH and EEOC investigations and charges. Paul also litigates First Amendment issues for several national, state and local religious organizations.