At Barlow, Kobata & Denis LLP, our attorneys have a wealth of experience representing large and small employers across a broad spectrum of industries throughout Los Angeles and Chicago. We handle litigation in a variety of state and federal employment law matters, including appeals, and regularly advocate on behalf of clients before state and federal administrative agencies and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including mediations and arbitrations.  In addition, we advise clients regarding litigation avoidance and day-to-day employment law and compliance issues.  We are also experienced representing and advising management clients regarding traditional labor law matters such as labor relations and collective bargaining.

By focusing solely in the area of employment and labor law, our attorneys have become knowledgeable not only about the current state of the law, but with the regular updates and changes in the statutory and case law governing this area.  The range of labor issues we typically handle include:

Wage and Hour Law

Our attorneys represent clients in civil lawsuits and administrative hearings and investigations, as well as advise clients on matters involving a wide range of wage and hour laws and issues including:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Davis Bacon Act
  • Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act
  • Employee Compensation
  • Exemption Classifications
  • Overtime Pay
  • Piece-Rate and Commission Compensation Plans
  • Prevailing Wage Laws
  • Meal and Rest Breaks

Employment Discrimination and Harassment

We are experienced representing employers in lawsuits and administrative actions involving federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination and harassment, as well as assisting our clients in devising prevention and investigation policies.  Our attorneys are skilled at handling all types of employment discrimination or harassment matter, including:

  • Wrongful Termination
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Litigation
  • Age Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Disability Accommodations
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Race Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Hostile work environment
  • Whistleblower Actions
  • Retaliation
  • Title IX
  • Title VII
  • Section 1983

Employee Leaves

Our attorneys regularly advise employers on a wide range of matters related to state and federal leave laws, as well as represent employers in litigation involving such laws.  Examples of matters our attorneys typically handle involve:

  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Redevelopment Rights ACT (USERRA)
  • California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Pregnancy Disability Leave
  • Sick Leave Policies
  • Vacation Policies
  • Paid Time Off

Traditional Labor Law

Our attorneys also represent and advise management on a variety of traditional labor law matters, including:

  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA)
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Union-Management Labor Relations
  • Union Arbitrations

Additional Employment Law Matters

Our attorneys also represent employers in lawsuits and advise clients on day-to-day matters involving a wide range of other federal and state employment law matters, including:

  • Employee Benefits
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Negligent Hiring and Retention
  • Diversity Issues
  • Drug Testing
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets

In addition to advising and representing clients in federal, California, and Illinois employment law matters, our attorneys frequently provide training seminars to in-house counsel, human resources personnel, and other executives, while continuing to write and lecture frequently on specific employment and labor law topics.  Several of our partners have recently contributed to Workforce, a monthly human resources magazine, and to Advising California Employers, a regularly-updated practice guide published by California's Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB).

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