Employment & Labor Law

Lang, Richert & Patch provides a broad range of services in the employment and labor law area to both public and private employers. The firm has extensive experience in defending employment-related lawsuits, including claims for sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, family leave violations, violations of workers’ compensation law, and Occupational Safety and Health Act violations. The firm also represents employers in administrative proceedings before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, including the Labor Commissioner and the Department of Industrial Relations, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Employment Development Department. In addition, the firm provides advice on preventing employment relations problems and on developing personnel policies and procedures, including:

  • Compliance with federal and state laws governing employment, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Fair Employment and Housing Act, California Family Rights Act of 1991, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993;
  • Prevention and investigation of sexual harassment complaints;
  • Employment handbooks, severance agreements, and other personnel policies
  • Classification of workers for compliance purposes;
  • Interpretation of federal and state laws concerning wage and hour issues, employment benefits, and related concerns;
  • Non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements;
  • Drafting employment contracts, severance agreements, and other employment-related agreements; and
  • Hiring and firing employees in high risk situations.