Mark S. Askanas: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Mark S. Askanas

San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone(415) 394-9400

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  • International Employment Issues
    University University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with high honors, 1982
    Law SchoolUniversity of California School of Law, Davis, J.D., 1985
    Admitted1986, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1989, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1991, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

    Mark S. Askanas is a Shareholder in the San Francisco, California office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

    Mr. Askanas is a senior employment law litigator who joined Jackson Lewis in 1988, and has served as lead counsel for cases in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration forums, throughout the western United States.

    Mr. Askanas specializes in complex litigation, including class actions and cases involving trade secrets and confidential information. He also counsels employers on all facets of employment law including, but not limited to, wage and hour issues and best preventive employment practices. He regularly speaks throughout the United States to employer groups and trade associations on these and other topics. Mr. Askanas has been honored by being named as one to the Northern California Super Lawyers list every year from 2010-2014.

    Mr. Askanas also has substantial in-house experience having served as General Counsel of a Fortune 500 company where he worked closely with the board of directors, audit committee, and senior management managing risk and advising on legal developments and issues, including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, corporate governance, transactional matters, and preventive nationwide litigation and class action avoidance strategies.

    Mr. Askanas earned his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1985 where he was Senior Research Editor of the U.C. Davis Law Review, and his B.A., with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982.

    Published Works

    Articles Strict Liability in Sexual Harassment: Too Strict a Standard
    California Employment Law Journal. 12 (December 1997) [Assisted in Updating Chapters] “Retailers Beware: Statements May Not Be Protected”,
    Employment Law 360 (April 19, 2010) [Author]

    Sexual Harassment in the Physician Workplace
    California Physician (April 1991) [Author]

    Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
    •Recognized in Who's Who Legal (2006-2007)
    •Recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers every year from 2010-2014


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    Joint Employers Can be Held Liable for Employee Misclassification, California Court Rules
    Mark S. Askanas, June 15, 2015
    In a wage-and-hour class action filed by food and beverage vendors working in California entertainment arenas, the California Court of Appeal has ruled that a state Labor Code provision making it unlawful for any employer to “engage” in the willful misclassification of an individual as...

    No Employer Liability If There is No Actionable Harassment or Discrimination, California Court Rules
    Mark S. Askanas, March 31, 2015
    An employer cannot be held liable for failure to prevent sexual harassment under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) if there is no actionable sexual harassment, the California Court of Appeal has ruled. Dickson v. Burke Williams, Inc., No. B253154 (Cal. Ct. App....

    Employee’s Violation of Company Policy Justified Firing While on Leave, California High Court Holds
    Mark S. Askanas, March 30, 2015
    An employer did not violate California’s Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) by terminating an employee who engaged in outside employment while out on CFRA medical leave, conduct prohibited by the employer’s policy, the California Supreme Court has ruled. Richey v. AutoNation Inc.,...

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    Mark S. Askanas

    50 California Street, 9th Floor
    San FranciscoCA 94111


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