He defends against a wide range of employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, breach of contract and wrongful termination, as well as wage and hour claims for unpaid overtime, meal and rest break penalties, record keeping violations or other violations of state or federal labor law.
Phil also advises and guides employers through the minefield of state and federal labor and employment regulations, helping them achieve and maintain compliance through proper employee classification, compliance with state and federal leave laws, and accommodation of employee disabilities and religious practices.
Phil has represented and advised both private and public sector employers. Public sector clients include law enforcement, utility, and transportation agencies. Private sector clients range in size from small local businesses to nationwide companies, including hospitals, insurance companies, and hotel chains. Recent positive outcomes for clients include:
•Summary judgment for a municipality against a police officer's claim of retaliation for assisting with another officer's discrimination lawsuit;
•Negotiated dismissal of another officer's claim of failure to reinstate after military leave;
•Dismissal of False Claims Act and Fair Employment and Housing Act claims by psychiatrist claiming non-renewal of hospital contract based on her age and alleged opposition to fraudulent Medicare billing practices;
•Permanent injunctions against a terminated employee and the spouse of another who threatened former supervisors, a supervisor's family members, and co-workers; and
•Dismissal of wage claim by employee of unlicensed contractor who claimed he was employed by client homeowner.
•Intellectual Property Protection Through Employment Contracts Under California Law, Guest Speaker: USC School of Regulatory Science (Sept. 2007 and Nov. 2008)
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