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California is well known for its continually evolving labor and employment laws and compliance requirements, which are often broader than their federal counterparts, presenting myriad challenges for companies around the world with operations in the state. Our California Labor and Employment Law Group has distinguished itself as one of the top practices in the U.S., focusing on the unique requirements for doing business in California.

The group handles lawsuits in state and federal court, wage and hour class actions, arbitrations and administrative agency complaints, common law and contract claims. We also offer workplace counseling as well as workforce and management training and customized compliance solutions for the unique issues that arise under California law. Indeed, our regional experience and international platform position us as the go-to California labor and employment practice for businesses from all over the world.

Our lawyers are recognized as leaders in the field, with Chambers USA praising Anthony Oncidi, co-head of the California Labor & Employment Law Group as "an experienced and seasoned attorney who offers advice with great judgment" and reporting that Ken Sulzer, co-head of the California Labor & Employment Law and Class/Collective Action Groups, "impresses sources with his 'style, communication skills and ability to strategize.'"

We were recently honored as one of the top three firms nationwide for Labor & Employment Litigation by The American Lawyer, where it was noted that clients retain Proskauer when "the company's reputation is on the line" and "managing the public face of litigation" is of utmost importance. Indeed, our high-profile matters involve sensitive, complex situations with sweeping ramifications that impact both our clients and their industries.

Areas of Focus

  • California Constitutional Issues, including Invasion of Privacy
  • California Fair Employment and Housing Act
  • California Family Rights Act
  • California WARN Act (Reductions in Force)
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
  • Employee Discipline
  • Employee Leaves of Absence/Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Grievance Arbitrations
  • Employee Raiding and Trade Secret Protection
  • Non-Compete Covenants and Unfair Competition Claims
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Whistleblower Claims
  • Union Organizing Campaigns and Strikes
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions
  • Wrongful Termination

Key Representations

  • Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Agency and United Talent Agency in various class actions involving alleged age discrimination against television writers in Hollywood
  • A major television network in all aspects of a lengthy labor dispute, including negotiations with a union representing more than 1,800 of its employees, successfully defending against charges of unfair labor practices and obtaining a state court injunction to prevent picket line misconduct

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