Maribel Hernandez is a senior associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She represents management and employers in a wide range of employment-related matters, including cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims before state and federal courts, arbitrations, mediations, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Ms. Hernandez also advises and counsels clients on a full range of labor and employment law issues, relating to hiring, discipline, terminations, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, managing leaves of absences and accommodations, employee handbook compliance, workplace policies and privacy.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Hernandez was employed as a Human Resources Professional for more than 10 years. During that time, she led and managed employee relations, benefits, and recruitment, was involved in the start-up of a national retail company, and routinely strategized with management to identify and address existing or potential legal risks to help prevent or mitigate against costly litigation. Ms. Hernandez has also served as in-house employment counsel for a large city.
Maribel is a frequent speaker on employment topics and serves as an advisor of the Executive Committee for the State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Section, a committee dedicated to serving the community and its members by providing legal training through seminars, webinars, publications, and radio.
Ms. Hernandez earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Human Resources option from California State University, Fresno and her Juris Doctor from the San Joaquin College of Law. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Hernandez studied Spanish at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico where she received a certificate in Spanish. Ms. Hernandez was also certified by the Human Resources Institute as a Professional of Human Resources for 11 years.
Ms. Hernandez regularly conducts trainings on sexual harassment and other employment topics for firm clients and outside organizations. Her recent speaking engagements include:
- Presenter at the National Business Institute seminar — “Leaves of Absence: Management Primer” and “Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation” (September 2017.)
- Moderator at the State Bar’s Annual Public Employment Conference — “In One Year out the Other – Legal Update.”
- Presenter at the State Bar’s Basic Employment Conference — “California and Federal Employment Law 101.”
- Presenter for the State Bar — “Are We Well Yet?” webinar.
- Presenter at the State Bar seminar — “Nuts & Bolts of an Employment Practice.”
- Presenter at Wonderful Citrus — “Preventing Unlawful Conduct” and “Hiring Smart.”
- Moderator at the State Bar’s Annual Wage and Hour Conference — “An Updated Analysis of How Tech Advancements are Changing the Nature of the Continuous Work Day.”
- Presenter at the National Business Institute seminar — “Discipline & Discharge,” “Employment Laws You Need to Know,” and “Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs.”
- Speaker at Your Legal Rights Radio — “Family Medical Leave Act and Pregnancy Leave Act.”
- Speaker at Your Legal Rights Radio — “Workplace Harassment.”
- Presenter at the Fresno Chamber of Commerce — “Sexual Harassment Training (AB 1825).”
- Trainer at the City of Fresno — “Effective Management of Leaves of Absences.”
- Presenter at the Fresno County Women Lawyers’ luncheon — “Discrimination and Retaliation in the Workplace.”
- Presenter at the Fresno County Women Lawyers’ luncheon — “I Am Pregnant, Now What?”
- Presenter at the Central Valley Employee Relations Consortium — “Advanced Investigations of Harassment.”
- Presenter at Madera Unified School District — “Hiring and Reference Checks.”
- Presenter at the Fresno County Women Lawyers’ luncheon — “The Interaction and Management of Medical & Pregnancy Leaves.”
- Speaker for California State University Fresno, Business Department — “Discrimination in the Workplace.”
- Successfully represented an apartment complex in arbitration, resulting in full dismissal of plaintiff’s claims against the company relating to age, physical disability, and medical disability harassment and discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of school district in a lawsuit involving claims for age, medical condition, and physical disability discrimination and retaliation claims.
- Obtained a permanent restraining order on appeal for a hospital employee who was denied a workplace injunction after he was physically assaulted and battered at work by a member of the public.
- Obtained numerous notices of case closure from the DFEH and EEOC involving discrimination and harassment claims filed by employees.
- Volunteer, World Vision
- Former Member of the Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries