Our Sonoma County law firm has extensive experience in employment litigation. O’Brien, Watters & Davis law firm has represented both employers and employees in various kinds of lawsuits involving all manner of employment disputes under both State and/or Federal law.
For example, our Santa Rosa attorneys have handled claims of wrongful termination, age discrimination under the ADEA, gender discrimination under FEHA, sex harassment, hostile work environment, racial discrimination, ADA cases, misclassification, “serious and willful,” workplace violence, wage and hour and the like. In wage and hour litigation, the firm has recently won 4-out-of-4 trials for one of its employer clients.
The firm has also represented both employers and employees before the state labor commission and has represented employers in OSHA and WCAB administrative proceedings.
The California Department of Corrections (CDC) hired the firm to defend the Warden of San Quentin (and several of his staff members) for alleged discrimination in adverse actions against prison guards of color. This was an alleged disparate treatment case. This ended up in an 80 day jury trial in Marin County with a former partner and Michael G. Watters defending. (Mr. Watters worked up the case and, at trial, handled the cross-examination of the plaintiff and the cross-examination of the plaintiff’s expert witness, a Professor of Statistics.) A defense verdict was obtained and the verdict was upheld on appeal.
The firm generally recommends that employers obtain Employment Practice Liability Insurance (EPLI).