For more than 25 years, Cynthia has provided practical legal advice to public sector employers on such topics as: the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Public Safety Officers' and Firefighters' Procedural Bill of Rights Acts, municipal personnel practices and employee discipline, accommodation of employees with disabilities, and the prevention of sexual harassment.
Clients seek Cynthia out to conduct investigations into claims of employee harassment or other alleged misconduct. She works quickly to identify and interview witnesses, keeps the client advised as to the progress of the investigation, and provides a timely and comprehensive written report that addresses each allegation. Cynthia is also expert in conducting internal audits of employer compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Her reports are succinct, timely, and offer practical advice. Clients also request Cynthia to review employer policies and practices, personnel rules, and employer-employee relations policies.
Cynthia has a successfully represented our public sector clients in the courts and in arbitration. She 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 at the California Court of Appeal. She was one of the attorneys of record on the Ninth Circuit Fair Labor Standards Act 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California cities and towns in Stewart/Chan v. City and County of San Francisco (1993) 834 F.Supp. 1233, affirmed by unpublished opinion (9th Cir. 1995).