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Labor and Employment Law

We help businesses comply with the complex and dynamic laws and regulations governing employers across California. Our Employment Law attorneys stay on top of the latest compliance requirements and litigate to win when necessary.

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Labor and Employment Law


Our Labor and Employment attorneys know there’s no “one-size-fits-all” model that meets your unique legal needs. We work with you to develop strategies, assess risks and make wise decisions that fit your workplace. Our attorneys provide customized counseling and strategic employment litigation services to address your short and long-term business objectives. Our goal is conflict prevention, but we’re there to champion you should litigation arise.

Preventive Counseling and Training

  • Pre-employment screening procedures and hiring documentation
  • Employment contracts, arbitration and commission agreements
  • Executive compensation
  • Trade secret protection and prevention of unfair competition
  • Electronic communications and social media policies
  • Employee policies and handbooks
  • Accommodating medical and religious issues in the workplace
  • Preventing harassment, discrimination and retaliation
  • Workplace violence and substance abuse
  • Office romance and love contracts
  • Workplace investigations
  • “Right-sizing” and reductions in workforce
  • Performance management and “rightful” terminations
  • Employment wage and hour audits
  • Strategic counseling on mergers and acquisitions
  • Pre-litigation resolution
  • Mediation

Employment Litigation

  • Wrongful termination
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Whistleblower retaliation
  • Wage and hour
  • Independent contractor misclassification
  • Breach of contract
  • Defamation and invasion of privacy
  • Unfair competition and trade secret misappropriation
  • Union arbitration

Class and Representative Action Litigation

  • Exemption misclassification
  • Off the clock work
  • Payroll deductions
  • Meal and rest period compliance
  • Bonus and overtime miscalculations
  • Vacation pay forfeitures
  • Commissions
  • Independent contractor misclassification
  • Private attorney and general representative actions

Government agency claims

  • California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
  • California Labor Commissioner
  • California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • Other California and federal agencies

  • Employment Discrimination. Won summary judgment in a contentious pregnancy discrimination case in state court resulting in expeditious dismissal of case.
  • Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective class action: Secured a global settlement of the case involving the consenting plaintiffs for a fraction of the defense costs in the wake of winning a case-changing motion to compel arbitration.
  • Anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP): Obtained early dismissal (i.e. before discovery commenced) of an age/race discrimination case in state court by filing a case-ending anti-SLAPP motion.
  • Hybrid employment and consumer class action. Eviscerated a high-profile mold contamination class action in federal court after victoriously defeating class certification.
  • California wage and hour class action. Implemented an aggressive “gut the class” defense strategy resulting in a stunning settlement of .05 percent of the original demand.

Procopio’s Labor and Employment Law attorneys hold a much-anticipated seminar each year highlighting the changes that have occurred in federal and California law and what employers need to do to prepare for the next year.

Learn what it’s like to attend our annual seminar in this video.



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