Employment Law

DPMC’s employment practice area focuses on a wide range of legal issues that can expose management, as well as employees, to undue risk and potential loss. Attorneys offer practical counseling and advice for each client, with a special emphasis on increasing workplace efficiency through preventive counsel – a critical, proven method for avoiding costly litigation. Clients include companies of all sizes, both public and private, and many cities, local agencies and districts.

DPMC conducts training programs and workshops on a variety of employment topics including:

  • Legal updates
  • Compliance with health and safety obligations
  • Hiring practices
  • Prevention of workplace violence
  • Preparation of employee handbooks and personnel policies
  • Wrongful termination
  • Family leave
  • ADA
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment

Extensive advisory experience includes:

  • Formulating policies and procedures
  • Preparing employee handbooks
  • Training employees and supervisors
  • Conducting internal investigations
  • Recommending preventative, disciplinary due process, corrective action and accommodation
  • Employment-related litigation such as harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination matters, also includes the defense of wage and hour claims before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Labor, and administrative charges

When litigation ensues, the firm has an excellent record in state, federal and appellate courts, as well as before administrative agencies including the:

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
  • Office for Civil Rights (OCR), including work on a case defeating class certification of a class of over 3,000 employees

DPMC attorneys present workshops on employer topics, including the FMLA and the ADA, and have presented to the ACHRO Association of Chief Human Resources Officers association, as well as private employers on Employment Law Issues.