Melanie is an experienced litigator who represents Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients including cities, counties, community college districts, school districts, public safety departments and special districts in employment litigation involving issues such as harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wage and hour claims. She also represents public agencies in disciplinary actions and grievances, unfair labor practice charges and other collective bargaining agreement disputes. She has successfully handled matters before administrative bodies such as the California Public Employment Relations Board, Office of Administrative Hearings, Labor Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Melanie is experienced in conducting and assisting with workplace investigations and advising clients concerning compliance with state and federal employment laws. She regularly provides legal counsel on a variety of labor relations and employment topics such as the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Military and Veterans Code and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. She also provides advice on creating and updating public agency personnel procedures and policies.
A lawyer since 1994, Melanie has been selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers by her peers on numerous occasions. Before joining LCW, Melanie focused her practice on handling complex litigation from pleading through trial and appeal. She also advised entertainment media companies regarding free expression, employment issues and business affairs.