Lisa S. Charbonneau

Lisa S. Charbonneau Associate

Lisa represents cities, counties, and special districts throughout the state in litigation, advice and counsel, and all other matters pertaining to labor and employment law, including investigations, public employee discipline, wage and hour compliance, the Public Safety Officers’ and Firefighters’ Procedural Bill of Rights Acts, and labor relations.  She also works with the firm’s school clients on wage and hour and other education law matters. 

She has secured successful results, including dismissal or summary judgment, for clients in litigation matters ranging from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective actions to disability discrimination to First Amendment retaliation.  She has also successfully represented clients before numerous administrative bodies and personnel commissions, including the California Labor Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  A significant part of Lisa’s advice and counsel work involves counseling clients on FLSA issues, conducting FLSA audits for clients, reviewing employer compliance with wage and hour laws, and assisting with payroll system upgrades and modifications to achieve compliance with wage and hour laws.  Her practice also includes training on such subjects as harassment, FLSA compliance, freedom of expression in the workplace, fire district/department management, and supervisory skills. 

Lisa received her JD from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 2006 and was admitted to the California State Bar in December of that year. While at Hastings, Lisa served as an Equal Justice America fellow and received a grant to work on community economic development issues for the City of Detroit. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Government from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and soon after that worked at a political magazine, The American Prospect, until she began to pursue her law degree.

Lisa was recognized as a "Rising Star" by Northern California Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013, 2014-2016, and in 2010 received a Community Partner Award for pro bono work with the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco, California. She is a member of the California State Bar's Litigation Section and Women Lawyers of Alameda County. 

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

May 31, 2017 Webinars on Demand
The Flores Decision is Here to Stay – What Do California Public Employers Need to Know?

LITIGATION

Douglas Maner v. County of Stanislaus, Birgit Fladager (2016) - Represented the County of Stanislaus and District Attorney Birgit Fladager and secured complete summary judgment after two motions were brought by each defendant. The County and Fladager had conducted investigations against Plaintiff Maner after receiving complaints of misconduct from judges, law enforcement, victims' next of kin, and co-workers. In 2006, Fladager was elected district attorney, and Maner had supported the opposition candidate. In 2013, he resigned his employment, claiming his work conditions were so intolerable because he had not supported Fladager in the election in 2006, that he was forced to resign. Defendants claimed all of the employment actions taken against Maner were non-retaliatory and a result of his bad behavior in the workplace. The court entered summary judgment in favor of the County and Fladager, finding that Maner had failed to show that the actions taken against him were based on his support of an opposition candidate in an election.

Mark James et. al. v. City of Santa Clara (2016) - Represented the City of Santa Clara and secured complete summary judgment on behalf of the City after three motions were brought against each plaintiff. The City had instituted numerous cost-cutting measures to avoid a fiscal crisis, including layoffs. Plaintiffs, all over 40, were laid off and claimed the City's RIF Plan had a disparate impact on older workers, and that these three plaintiffs were subjected to disparate treatment because of their age. City's position was that the layoffs were part of an age-neutral decision, the City was immune from suit for any actions related to the layoffs, and that the three plaintiffs failed to show that City's legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for the layoffs were.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

May 31, 2017 Webinars on Demand
The Flores Decision is Here to Stay – What Do California Public Employers Need to Know?

Women Lawyers of Alameda County

California State Bar Litigation Section 

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

May 31, 2017 Webinars on Demand
The Flores Decision is Here to Stay – What Do California Public Employers Need to Know?

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of Employment & Labor Law (2012-2017)

Community Partner Award Recipient for Pro Bono Work, Transgender Law Center, (2010)

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

May 31, 2017 Webinars on Demand
The Flores Decision is Here to Stay – What Do California Public Employers Need to Know?
Jul 10, 2017 Press Release

Nine LCW Attorneys Selected to the List of 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are proud to announce that nine LCW attorneys were recognized by the Super Lawyers for their work in labor and employment law.

May 15, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court Lets Stand an Important FLSA Case on Cash Paid in Lieu of Health Benefits and Overtime Rates

On Monday, May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the City of San Gabriel’s petition for review of Flores v. City of San Gabriel.

Mar 21, 2017

Am I a Municipal Corporation? Maybe. Does it Matter? Yes!

California employers are subject to numerous state and federal statutes that regulate employee compensation and hours of work. Whether California Labor Code provisions, such as those that guarantee penalties for the late payment of final wages, apply to a specific employer must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Do they?

Nov 23, 2016

Texas Judge Orders Nationwide Halt of the DOL’s New Overtime Rule

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction barring implementation of the DOL new rule (“Final Rule”) raising the salary threshold for certain overtime exemptions under the FLSA.

Nov 23, 2016

Texas Judge Orders Nationwide Halt of the DOL’s New Overtime Rule

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction barring implementation of the DOL new rule (“Final Rule”) raising the salary threshold for certain overtime exemptions under the FLSA.

Oct 4, 2016

21 States Sue the DOL to Stop Implementation of the New DOL Overtime Rule; Congress Weighs in Too

In May of this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new rule that raises the federal salary basis for exempt employees to $47,476 per year, effective December 1, 2016.  The rule also increases the salary threshold level for the highly compensated employee exemption from $100,000 per year to $134,004 per year, and adjusts salary levels automatically every three years.  The Office of Management and Budget estimates the new rule will extend overtime coverage to more than 4 million employees nationwide.  While some employers have begun to take measures to evaluate the impact of the new rule on its pay practices, other employers have pushed back, using the courts and Congress to challenge the new DOL rule.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

May 31, 2017 Webinars on Demand
The Flores Decision is Here to Stay – What Do California Public Employers Need to Know?
21 September 2017
Consortium Trainings

Introduction to the FLSA

Napa/Solano/Yolo ERC Dixon
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21 September 2017
Consortium Trainings

Managing the Marginal Employee

Napa/Solano/Yolo ERC Dixon
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19 April 2017
Customized Trainings

Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

City of Brisbane Brisbane
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9 March 2017
Speaking Engagements

The Wake of Flores v. City of San Gabriel: Three Key Steps to Minimize Your Agency’s FLSA Liability

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore 2017 Annual Conference Anaheim
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Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

May 31, 2017 Webinars on Demand
The Flores Decision is Here to Stay – What Do California Public Employers Need to Know?
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