Cynthia has dedicated her legal career to public sector labor and employment law. For over 22 years she has represented the State of California, cities, counties and special districts in disciplinary appeals, administrative hearings, arbitrations, collective bargaining, and in trial and appellate litigation.
Cynthia regularly provides strategic advices and counsel to our clients, on such topics as the FLSA, the Public Safety Officer's Procedural Bill of Rights Act, municipal personnel practices and employee discipline, the Americans with Disabilities Act, collective bargaining under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, and the prevention of sexual harassment.
An increasing portion of Cynthia's consulting services includes assisting clients with personnel investigations, terminations, layoffs, responses to EEOC and DFEH Charges of Discrimination, defense of PERB unfair practice charges U.S. DOL audits, and internal auditing of FLSA policies and practices, personnel rules, and employer-employee relations policies.
Cynthia convinced the California Court of Appeal, in the Gilbert v. City of Sunnyvale (2005) 130 Cal.App.4th 1264 decision, to limit a police officer's right to receive investigatory documents under both the Skelly due process procedures and the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act. Cynthia has won anti-SLAPP cases and mandatory fee awards for our clients through the California Court of Appeal.
Cynthia has negotiated the transfer of a municipal police department to a county sheriff. She has successfully represented clients both during trial and on appeal and was one of the attorneys of record on the Ninth Circuit Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) opinions of Barner v. City of Novato (9th Cir. 1994) 17 F.3d 1256 and Stanley, et al. v. City of Tracy (9th Cir. 1997) 120 F.3d 179. She drafted an appellate amicus brief on behalf of 136 California cities and towns in Stewart/Chan v. City and County of San Francisco (1993) 834 F.Supp. 1233, affirmed by unpublished opinion (9th Cir. 1995).