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Employment Law Attorneys in Irvine, California

Labor and Employment Law

Experienced, practical representation and advice of management

North, Nash & Abendroth LLP specializes in defending local, regional and national employers and employee benefit plans in all facets of labor and employment law and civil litigation before State and Federal courts and agencies. Our attorneys specialize in management-side labor and employment representation for employers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small companies and start-ups. Some of the areas on which we have particular expertise include:

We have counseled hundreds of employers regarding how to prevent and remedy discrimination and harassment claims. We have extensive experience practicing before the State and Federal trial and appellate courts and before governmental agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

  • Personnel Management Counseling: Hiring, Managing and Terminating Employees

We have extensive experience in counseling employers in employee hiring, managing and termination so as to minimize legal exposure while meeting business objectives. All aspects of the employment experience are addressed, including employment applications, background checks, medical inquiries, drug testing, evaluations, discipline and terminations. We also counsel clients on how to structure and implement reductions in force, downsizing efforts, personnel policies, employment contracts and employee manuals.

  • Wrongful Discharge Litigation

Wrongful discharge and associated claims remain a constant concern for California employers. A major focus of our practice is handling such claims. They often include tort and contract claims, and frequently are brought in sexual harassment actions. Title VII and other civil rights claims may be asserted, along with intentional infliction of emotional distress and related tort theories. We have forged highly regarded expertise in resolving these actions.

  • Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Counseling and Litigation

We have extensive experience in protecting employers from the misappropriation of their valuable trade secrets, customer data, process know-how and other valuable confidential information. We also counsel clients on how to protect their intellectual property through the development of internal programs and documentation designed to prevent misappropriation by current, former and prospective employees, contractors and others. In addition to protecting their own trade secrets and intellectual property, we advise clients on how to minimize or prevent claims of misappropriation of trade secrets or unfair competition that may arise out of the hiring of employees who may possess trade secrets and other confidential information of their former employers or third parties.

We are experts at representing clients in litigation, both as plaintiff and as defendant, concerning claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, breach of covenants not to compete and other claims of unfair competition, including claims under California Business and Professions Code § 17200.

  • Wage and Hour Issues

We have a wealth of experience guiding California employers through the complex web of wage and hour issues, ranging from classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt to compliance with statutory meal and rest-period laws (e.g., California Labor Code and Wage Orders, and Fair Labor Standards Act). We also counsel and represent clients on occupational safety and health proceedings. We help our clients identify and remedy potential wage and hour issues in order to prevent litigation.

  • Leaves of Absence And Reasonable Accommodations

A complex and difficult matrix of laws and regulations require employers to accommodate disabled and other employees in the workplace. We have abundant experience advising on disability and leave rules, and we guide our employer clients on compliance with these issues. We help clients formulate leave-of-absence policies and procedures to ensure compliance with both Federal and State laws.

  • Internal Investigations

Under recent changes in the law (e.g., Sarbanes-Oxley), and to manage litigation risk, corporate employers are required to conduct appropriate investigations of alleged employee misconduct. We assist our clients by counseling them on how to conduct their own internal investigation or conducting a thorough investigation for them. We have counseled or assisted in investigations on such matters as executive financial misconduct, trade secret misappropriation, sexual or racial harassment and conflicts-of-interest transactions.

  • Lay-offs and Restructuring

We have experience counseling clients on lay-off and restructuring programs so as to comply with WARN, Cal-WARN, and other State and Federal laws.

Contact North, Nash & Abendroth LLP

To speak with an NNA lawyer about your legal needs, contact our law office in Irvine, California. For assistance, call 949-752-2200, or contact us by e-mail.