The members of Mass | Montes LLP have a successful track record representing clients in employment litigation matters in both state and federal courts. In recent years, we have been successful in many jury trials involving employee claims such as wage and hour, wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. At the same time, the firm is well equipped to handle complaints under investigation or prosecution by either the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH).
At the outset of any representation, our attorneys carefully analyze the matter to develop, in consultation with the client, an early strategy designed to meet the unique circumstances of the case. Recognizing that clients sometimes prefer confidential dispute resolution to public litigation, we frequently help clients resolve labor and employment disputes through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation, early neutral evaluation, and arbitration.
Using our extensive litigation experience we have assisted clients in designing policies and practices to minimize the risks of disputes. We help clients avoid disputes by ensuring that they meet current legal requirements and by providing proactive auditing and counseling on all aspects of the employment relationship, including:
- Prevention, investigation, and response to claims of discrimination and harassment
- Application, interviewing, and hiring
- Employee classification and pay practice compliance
- Discipline and termination
- Leaves of absence
- Performance evaluation
- Employee handbooks and employment policies
- Corporate codes of conduct
- Executive compensation, employee benefits, and employment agreements
Moreover, training is an essential element of policy implementation and an important tool for preparing managers to deal with employee issues. Training can also be a mechanism to inform employees of what is required of them and to assist them in understanding a culture of mutual respect. We have created interactive seminars to train our clients’ employees and supervisors on sexual harassment, race, age and other forms of discrimination.