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Nonprofit: Employment Litigation
LCW litigators have successfully defended our clients through motion practice, in jury trials and in appeals involving allegations of harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, and wage and hour claims. We specialize in defending clients in both federal and state court litigation and have earned a reputation as a results-oriented, successful and efficient litigation firm. We are experts in all phases of litigation including: pleading, discovery, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, settlement, trial, and appeals. While our trial lawyers have obtained defense verdicts in a number of jury trials, we also regularly win cases at the initial pleading stage and through summary judgment motions.
Our firm is committed to professional litigation management so that all cases are handled efficiently and proactively. To that end we employ a Litigation Manager, who works closely with the litigation team on compliance with litigation guidelines, budgeting and defense strategy. This is a value-added component for which our clients are not billed.
We work proactively with clients to evaluate litigation goals and position the case for the best possible resolution at the optimum time. Mediation, and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution, is a litigation tool that we discuss and utilize when warranted. We regularly participate in mediations with employment law mediators throughout California and are skilled in selecting the appropriate mediator for the case, preparing for mediation, and negotiating the settlement.
At any given time, the firm defends dozens of discrimination lawsuits, many involving claims of discrimination under FEHA and whistleblower retaliation under both state and federal law. We understand all of the facets of representing nonprofit organizations throughout the litigation process, and can manage the most sensitive of litigation matters, including claims involving accusations against board members and executive leadership. We also routinely work with and advise board members, board chairs, and executive committees on understanding and navigating complex employment matters.. We evaluate the lawsuit at every stage from both a cost and liability perspective so that our clients are continually informed of developments which may impact the litigation strategy and ultimate disposition of the lawsuit. We understand the importance of positioning a case from the outset for summary judgment, and we work with our clients throughout the process to realize the best possible outcome based on their goals.
Our deep knowledge of wage and hour law enables LCW to remain on the cutting edge of wage and hour litigation to obtain successful outcomes in complex matters. LCW has litigated over 250 wage and hour cases in state and federal courts, including dozens of class and collective actions. We have successfully litigated cases involving the regular rate of pay, overtime exemptions, off-the-clock work/unauthorized overtime, standby and waiting time, meal breaks and “donning and doffing.” We have also represented numerous organizations in wage and hour matters which were resolved through practical and innovative solutions before litigation was initiated.
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- LOS ANGELES
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