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Discrimination & Harassment

Discrimination and harassment claims are always a threat to employers. Not only do they place a financial burden on businesses due to the cost of litigating claims, but they can also undermine the morale of a company’s workforce.

AALRRhas years of experience representing management in federal and state administrative complaints and lawsuits alleging discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. We work through mediation whenever possible, but also have a track record of success in court, achieving settlements that are often a fraction of the original amount, or complete dismissal of the cases. We also advise employers on how to avoid claims of discrimination and minimize company liability for such claims.

Age Discrimination

AALRR counsels employers in handling individual terminations and reductions in the workforce to minimize age discrimination claims. Our attorneys structure settlement agreements to comply with the regulations imposed by the Older Workers Benefits Protection Act. If disputes arise, we defend management against lawsuits or administrative agency charges brought under the federal and state age discrimination laws.

Disability Discrimination

We offer employers advice and management training to help ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state disability discrimination laws. Prevention of disability discrimination claims is our goal, and we help employers develop policies and procedures designed to minimize the possibility of lawsuits. When necessary, however, our attorneys have vigorously and successfully defended employers in lawsuits and administrative proceedings alleging disability discrimination.

Harassment

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing management in administrative and court proceedings involving claims of harassment based on sex, race, national origin, age, religion and disability. We also draft and help implement effective policies against harassment, conduct management and supervisory training to prevent harassment, and can guide employers through independent workplace investigations.

Administrative Agency Claims

As a full-service firm, AALRR offers advice to contractors, developers and owners on buying and selling construction companies, employee retention and management succession. more

Collective Bargaining & Labor Relations

AALRR has over 30 years of experience representing municipalities, counties and public agencies in all aspects of their relationships with employees and labor unions, including collective bargaining negotiations, meet and confer issues and grievance arbitrations. more

Discrimination & Harassment

Discrimination and harassment claims are always a threat to employers. Not only do they place a financial burden on businesses due to the cost of litigating claims, but they can also undermine the morale of a company’s workforce. more

Employee Benefits

We provide broad and deep experience in advising employers on all aspects of employee benefit plans. more

Labor Relations & National Labor Relations Board Cases

AALRR has decades of experience advising management in claims involving unions, as well as non-union employees. Among the issues we have handled and addressed are union avoidance and training, collective bargaining, grievances and arbitration, resolution of jurisdictional disputes, as well as a broad range of litigation matters and administrative proceedings. more

Layoffs/Plant Closings

Layoffs have become an unfortunate part of business. At AALRR, we strive to make sure that in the event of layoffs or a plant closure, the situation is handled with a minimum of disruption and results in the best possible outcome. more

Leaves of Absence

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA) generally require covered employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for specified medical reasons. However, misconceptions regarding FMLA and CFRA often arise, with employees believing they have more rights than they do and employers being unaware of what employees’ rights really are. more

OSHA/Safety

AALRR counsels clients on workplace health and safety issues with an eye toward achieving practical compliance with applicable federal and state requirements as outlined by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). more

Prevailing Wage

AALRR has nearly 30 years of experience handling matters involving California Prevailing Wage and federal Davis-Bacon and related Acts. In fact, we are at the forefront of the industry and have senior partners who are leading authorities in both areas of law and who have lectured extensively throughout California as well as the nation. more

Trade Secret/Unfair Competition

AALRR attorneys understand the importance of privacy issues in today’s business climate. more

Wage & Hour - Private Sector

AALRR works with employers to achieve compliance with the minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping and classification requirements of all federal and state wage and hour laws. We also assist clients in complying with state wage payment laws involving vacation pay, deductions or commissions, as well as regularly conduct preventive audits of their compliance with these laws. more

Attorney Highlight

Paul S. Fleck

Partner

Regularly conducts human resources audits, employee handbook reviews, and job audits related to wage and hour issues.


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Experienced in dealing with issues related to union contract compliance, grievances and arbitrations, union organizing, and union election situations.

Has also participated in over 50 NLRB and NLRB elections and has extensive collective bargaining experience with various unions.