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 Labor & Employment Law

With more than four decades of practical experience and a client-focused approach, our attorneys provide competent legal counsel and personal attention to the facts of your case. As workplace demands increase and the California legal landscape becomes more complex, our firm continues to advance the rights of employees in labor-management disputes.

Practice Scope

Public Sector Labor & Employment Law:

Protecting the rights of government employees

We recognize that public sector employees and their unions are legally subject to unique rights, responsibilities, and obligations. Our attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of the specialized laws governing state workers.

Whether you take your case to trial or are subject to interest arbitration, our attorneys have the skills and experience to negotiate successfully with government boards and agencies.  Over the course of our practice, we have represented police officers and firefighters on district, appellate, and federal levels. Our practice encompasses all aspects of the public sector labor-management relationship, including:

Public sector employment

  • Administrative processing of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protections
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections
  • Due process requirements in the public sector
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibiting harassment or discrimination
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Whistleblower protections

Public sector labor relations

  • Collective bargaining in the public sector
  • Duty of fair representation cases
  • Grievances
  • Injunctive relief
  • Interest arbitration
  • Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) enforcement of public sector labor laws
  • Suing the government

Call (800) 643-1900 or email us using the online contact form to schedule a case evaluation.

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Private Sector Labor & Employment Law:

Representing labor in labor-management disputes

In an economy facing increasing global pressure to cut costs, labor organizations and their members need an experienced legal team on their side. Employers driven by the bottom-line will not hesitate to reduce employee benefits to bolster profits and market value. At Davis & Reno, we protect your rights and future interests in labor-management disputes.

Our attorneys leverage more than 40 years of experience to represent clients throughout the private sector—from construction workers to healthcare professionals. We facilitate discussion at the negotiation table. And if negotiation fails, we will aggressively represent you in court.

Speak to our attorneys for assistance with:

Private Sector Employment Law

  • Administrative processing of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints
  • Affirmative action
  • Disability benefits
  • Disclosure and privacy issues
  • Discrimination and harassment (Title VII)
  • Employee Retirement Income Securities Act (ERISA)
  • Employment at will
  • Employment benefits
  • Employment contracts
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) statutes regarding minimum wage, overtime pay, and employment of minors
  • Harassment
  • Hiring discrimination
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) complaints
  • Protections against retaliation
  • Qui tam and whistle blowing protections
  • Sexual harassment
  • Safety and health issues
  • Terms and conditions of employment
  • Vacation and leave policies
  • Workplace discrimination
  • Wage and hour rules
  • Wage and salary requirements

Private Sector Labor Law

  • Arbitration
  • Collective bargaining
  • Contract negotiations
  • Dispute resolution procedures
  • Duty of fair representation cases
  • Enforcement of public sector labor laws by the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB)
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) protections for railroad workers
  • Grievance arbitrations
  • Injunctive relief
  • Representation for National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearings

Call (800) 643-1900 or email us using the online contact form to schedule a case evaluation.

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Civil Litigation:

Taking action when your rights are at risk

If you have you been wrongfully fired from a job, harassed by a manager, or discriminated against because of race, age, gender, national origin, disability, religious, sexual orientation, or pregnancy, state and federal laws protect your rights. Our attorneys help you assert and enforce your rights:

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Discrimination and harassment (Title VII)
  • Employee Retirement Income Securities Act (ERISA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) wage laws
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Whistleblower acts

Call (800) 643-1900 or email us using the online contact form to schedule a case evaluation.

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Class Action Lawsuits:

Protecting your legal rights against wrongful actions

When you and your co-workers experience similar problems at work and these problems stem from your employer’s illegal actions, our attorneys can assist you with receiving compensation through a class action lawsuit. By taking action together, you and your co-workers can improve your working conditions while earning compensation for the problems you have experienced.

Contact our attorneys for assistance with:

Civil rights violations

  • Discrimination based on race, age, gender, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or pregnancy
  • Harassment
  • Sexual harassment
  • Wrongful termination

Wage and hour violations

  • Misclassification of hours worked
  • Overtime pay violations
  • Payment at termination

Personal injury

  • Workplace injury
  • Workplace safety

Call (800) 643-1900 or email us using the online contact form to schedule a case evaluation.

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Employee Representation:

Putting your legal rights to work for you

As an employee, you have the right to make use of your employment rights and benefits as you see fit—without the threat of retaliation, harassment, or discrimination. Our attorneys protect you from hostile work environments and put your legal rights to work for you.

We represent employees in litigation and arbitration related to:

  • COBRA
  • Discrimination
  • Family and medical leave
  • Harassment                                               
  • Sexual harassment
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Whistle-blowing protections
  • Workplace injury
  • Workplace safety
  • Wrongful termination

Call (800) 643-1900 or email us using the online contact form to schedule a case evaluation.

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Wage and hour law cases

 Protecting the rights of non-exempt employees

To non-exempt and hourly workers, every minute counts in terms of how much you get paid. Employers are obligated, by law, to monitor meal and rest periods in order to deduct money from your paycheck. Conversely, overtime pay is also strictly regulated by state and federal laws.

Simply being salaried is not enough to constitute exemption from California wage hour laws. Your employer needs to prove that you are 'primarily engaged' in exempt duties and use 'independent discretion and judgment' in more than half of your daily responsibilities. Wage hour law exemptions are classified as Executive, Administrative, and Professional in California. Misclassification of salaried employees is a sound basis for a class action lawsuit.

Our attorneys represent clients in wage-hour law litigation related to:

  • Alternative work weeks
  • Contractual obligations and waivers
  • Itemized wages
  • Make up time
  • Meal periods
  • Minimum wage
  • Misclassification of hours worked
  • Overtime pay violations
  • Payment at termination
  • Rest periods
  • Timesheets and timekeeping
  • Travel time pay
  • Show up time pay
  • Vacation time

Call (800) 643-1900 or email us using the online contact form to schedule a case evaluation.

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Employment discrimination

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you based on age, gender, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.  The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing investigates discrimination claims and hate crimes.  Our attorneys help you gather the evidence you need to prove discrimination during:

  • Hiring practices
  • Firing an employee
  • Large-scale layoffs
  • Promotions
  • Distribution of duties
  • Wage rates
  • Employee benefits
  • Employee reviews

Call (800) 643-1900 or email us using the online contact form to schedule a case evaluation.

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Serving labor organizations and their members throughout
northern and central California, including San Francisco and the Bay Area