Timeliness counts almost as much as expertise when it comes to employment issues. On‐the‐spot employee problems demand immediate attention. We respond when you need us. Claims of discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination; violations of wage and hour and overtime laws; and problems in the hiring, discipline and firing of employees can often be minimized or avoided with a simple phone call to your attorney. Proper policies, documentation and the right legal advice can save companies from unnecessary litigation and set up defenses when lawsuits cannot be avoided.

If a conflict arises, we take immediate action to assemble the best possible case for the client. Our attorneys represent employers in all phases of dispute resolution and litigation in a multitude of forums, including state and federal courts, the National Labor Relations Board, state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. We also represent employers in mediation and arbitration proceedings and provide support during union organizing activities, collective bargaining and decertification procedures.

Young, Cohen  Durrett, LLP, is retained by The Employers’ Council to provide legal services to its members.

We cover a wide array of employment and labor matters including:

  • Traditional Labor Law

  • Employee Handbooks

  • Wrongful Termination

  • Employment Discrimination

  • Unlawful Harassment

  • Wage and Hour Claims

  • Reduction in Workforce Planning

  • Employment Contracts

  • Employee Separation and Non‐competition Agreements

  • Affirmative Action

  • Drug Testing

  • Use of Independent Contractors

  • Human Resources Policy Development

  • Protection of Trade Secrets, Trademarks and Other Confidential Information

  • Management Training

  • Independent Investigations

Notable Matters:

  • Obtained the dismissal of all allegations of discrimination in more than a hundred cases before the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing over the last thirty‐five years

  • Enabled a corporate client to withstand one of the largest Teamster organizing campaigns to date and avoided unionization. Teamster walked away from the negotiations

  • Represented numerous regional and national firms for all employment matters, training, and representation before administrative agencies

  • Aggressively defended an employer from an employee alleging failure to accommodate her disability and wrongful constructive termination; jury cut down plaintiff’s requested damages in excess of $300,000 plus punitive damages and awarded less than $17,000 for past wages only

  • Defeated a claim against an employer in less than six months and for less than one‐fifth of the legal fees charged by the prior counsel, a national firm that failed to resolve the claim

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