Accomplished Bay Area Business Attorneys Fight Employment Lawsuits

Experienced California lawyers defend against claims of unfair practices

California gives workers strong protections against mistreatment by employers, but not all employee complaints have legal merit. If your business is accused of discrimination, harassment, unfair pay practices or other legal violations, Bay Oak Law in Oakland is ready to defend you. We utilize alternative dispute resolution techniques to work toward favorable outcomes and, when necessary, defend companies vigorously in court. We also advise business owners on compliance with state and federal laws and how to respond to informal allegations of managerial misconduct.

Committed lawyers advocate for management in workplace disputes

When your business becomes the target of a complaint with California’s Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) or a suit in state or federal court, a prompt and well-prepared response is vital. Our lawyers are capable of defending against a full range of alleged workplace violations, including:

  • Discrimination — Claims of discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender, disability or another protected characteristic can seriously disrupt a business. We build cases designed to demonstrate that management’s actions had justifiable business reasons.
  • Harassment — Allegations of sexual harassment are sensitive and require careful handling. We advise employers on how to best respond, resolving complaints whenever possible in private forums such as mediation.
  • Payment violations — An employee may sue for unpaid overtime, unpaid meal breaks or other allegedly illegal pay practices. We are well-versed in state and federal wage-and-hour laws and advise businesses on compliance policies that can avert lawsuits and reduce damages payouts.
  • Unlawful hiring or firing — Our attorneys defend against claims of wrongful termination and unfair hiring or promotion practices based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other suspect category.

We conduct investigations, interview witnesses and gather evidence to develop strong cases in support of our clients. If a settlement is advisable, we will negotiate one designed to best protect your business interests.

Skilled lawyers help business owners create enforceable policies and contracts

Having to deal with a disgruntled employee or a rogue supervisor is always a possibility when running a business, but you can minimize the risk by adopting employment policies and practices that comply with state and federal law and are clearly communicated to all staff. We assist companies in drafting employee handbooks that lay out what conduct is expected in the workplace and define all terms of employment, including benefits. We also create employment contracts and severance agreements designed to withstand challenges by dissatisfied employees.

Contact committed Oakland employment law attorneys to schedule a free consultation

If you need counsel in preparing documents related to your work force or in defending against charges of violating an employee’s rights, the attorneys at Bay Oak Law in Oakland, California are here to help. We represent businesses dealing with employment disputes and EEOC complaints throughout the Bay Area. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our employer defense attorneys, call 510-208-5500 or contact us online.