Labor and Employment Claims Defense
Results Matter at the Law Offices of Susan A. Rodriquez, APC
Labor and employment claims defense is challenging. This is particularly true in California, where employment laws often lean heavily in the favor of employees.
There are two primary ways businesses can protect themselves from damaging allegations and litigation. The first is to create and maintain well-crafted and legally binding employment policies and documentation and to ensure those policies and procedures are followed by management. The second is to successfully mitigate and defend against allegations when they arise.
The Law Offices of Susan A. Rodriquez, APC have a proven track record in prevention and resolution of labor and employment claims. We can help your company prevent claims, prepare for the inevitable, and defend against allegations when they do occur.
Results Are the Bottom Line in Labor and Employment Claims Defense
Should you consult an attorney when drafting employment policy? Is there a benefit in retaining counsel to be involved in your legal affairs from step one? Is it too late to consult an employment law specialist after allegations have been made?
Yes, yes, and, hopefully, no. The benefits of enlisting the services of an experienced labor and employment attorney reveal themselves sooner or later. It’s about protecting your company’s bottom line for the benefit of all who work there or otherwise depend on your services.
Results are the bottom line in labor and employment claims defense – and the Law Offices of Susan A. Rodriguez, APC work closely with you toward your ultimate goals.
Is Offense the Best Labor and Employment Claims Defense?
A good offensive strategy can lead to prevention or successful arbitration of claims. Consider the case of a long-term client of the Law Offices of Susan A. Rodriguez, APC. The client, a national company with operations in California, was sued by a former employee who claimed he was laid off in retaliation for whistleblowing. The suit named the company, its affiliates, and a former CEO – and asked for millions in damages.
Years earlier, Susan A. Rodriquez had proactively protected this company by drafting an arbitration agreement to be signed by all employees upon hire. This proactive measure ensured that the lawsuit was subject to binding arbitration, not a jury trial. The potential for a sympathetic, run-away jury was removed.
Following a four-day, successful arbitration hearing, the arbitrator found in favor of the defendants. This result is just one real-life example of the benefits of enlisting an experienced labor and employment attorney to assist in designing and drafting employment policy.
Effective Wage and Hour Class Action Defense
In employment law, what begins as a small issue can inflate into big problem. When this happens, the value of an attorney who knows how and is willing to fight for you cannot be overstated.
In one such case, our law firm represented a national manufacturing company in a class action wage and hour lawsuit. More than 100 employees participated in the suit, and the claims spanned a four-year time frame. The potential cost was hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in penalties and damages. Clearly, this employer needed exceptional wage and hour class action defense.
The Law Offices of Susan A. Rodriguez, APC answered the call. As lead attorney, Susan brought investigative resources to bear, disqualified the class representative, dismantled the class action, and reduced the suit to a single claim of minor exposure.
This is only one example of the results our law firm has achieved, and it represents only one of our practice areas – wage and hour class action defense. However, this case is an excellent example of the return on an investment in qualified, experienced legal representation.
Threats to Your Business: Trade Secret Theft and Misuse
The Law Offices of Susan A. Rodriguez, APC can protect your business from many types of legal threats. One example of such a threat is trade secret theft and misuse.
In a specific case successfully handled by our firm, a nonprofit organization sought to recover property and highly sensitive information from a former employee. Our attorneys managed the interface with law enforcement and procured a court injunction that compelled the former employee to return the property. We also prevented the employee from disseminating or using the sensitive data in question at any point in the future.
Employers sometimes underestimate the risk of this kind of threat and the potential consequences. However, failure to protect your business from trade secret theft or misuse can have significant negative impacts.
Labor Board Negotiations in California and Other Labor and Employment Claims Defense
The potential legal hazards for California employers are abundant, and there are many forces at play in favor of claimants. Labor Board negotiations in California are yet another situation that call for the services of an employer defense attorney you can trust.
The Law Offices of Susan A. Rodriguez, APC represented an international manufacturer in Labor Board negotiations in California. The audit involved possible exposure for rest and meal break violations, as well as potential job misclassifications.
The initial penalty assessment for this case was half a million dollars. Our firm successfully persuaded the Labor Board that meal and rest breaks were properly administered and that the employee’s positions were, indeed, properly classified. The client’s exposure in the case was reduced by 85 percent.
Consult Susan A. Rodriguez for Help with All Your Employment Matters
The cases described above are evidence of the value of a labor and employment claims defense attorney with the experience and drive to fight for your interests. When you need counsel for employment matters, including successful arbitration, wage and hour class action defense, trade secret theft and misuse situations, and Labor Board negotiations in California, the Law Offices of Susan A. Rodriguez, APC can help. Call us today at (213) 943-1323 or complete our online contact form.
355 S. Grand Ave., Ste. 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Office: (213) 943-1323
Cell: (310) 350-9995
4601 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 240
Los Angeles, CA 90071