Paul D. Knothe

Paul D. Knothe Associate

Paul Knothe is an associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's Los Angeles office.  Paul advises and represents clients in the areas of employment law and labor relations.  Paul has extensive experience in handling employment litigation, grievance arbitrations, administrative hearings, and providing day-to-day legal counsel to clients.

Paul's litigation practice includes matters in state and federal courts, including appellate courts pertaining to alleged discrimination and retaliation, wage-hour issues, and issues surrounding collectively bargained Memoranda of Understanding; handling all aspects of litigation, from case assessment and pre-trial motion practice, through all forms of discovery proceedings, and settlement, to trial.  Paul has litigated both class-action and single or multi-plaintiff employment matters.

Paul also regularly conducts thorough workplace investigations, with a focus on high-profile incidents or allegations against senior management personnel.

Prior to joining LCW, Paul practiced labor and employment law in both the public and private sectors.

Education

  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

  • BA, University of Richmond, Virginia

Jun 10, 2015 Webinars on Demand
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ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS

Police Officers v. City (2015) - Currently prosecuting the termination appeals of multiple officers terminated in connection with an internationally renowned incident of excessive force resulting in the death of a citizen.

APPELLATE

Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs v. County of Los Angeles (2015) - Published Court of Appeal decision holding that deputy sheriffs' associations that were parties to five MOUs providing for individual arbitration of wage/hour disputes could not combine claims and proceed instead in court in an interest of "judicial efficiency."  This opinion arose out of the same matter as Los Angeles County v. Los Angeles County Employee Relations Commission.

LITIGATION

Romero v. City of Barstow; City of Barstow v. Barstow Police Officers Association (2015) - Defeated a petition for writ of mandate and obtained an order confirming arbitration award where terminated police officer claimed that he was entitled to judicial review of binding arbitration award under the POBR and Constitutional due process.

Los Angeles County v. Los Angeles County Employee Relations Commission (2013) - Obtained a writ of mandate overturning the order of the Employee Relations Commission combining into one multi-class action approximately 10,000 wage-hour claims that were required to be brought individually under the terms of five Memoranda of Understanding between the Association and the County.

Education

  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

  • BA, University of Richmond, Virginia

Jun 10, 2015 Webinars on Demand
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Apr 18, 2017

New Regulations Give Applicants and Employees with Criminal History a Fresh Start; Employers Should Take a Fresh Look at their Decision-Making Practices

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) revised an existing regulation and adopted a new regulation regarding employers’ use of employees’ and applicants’ criminal history in employment decisions, effective July 1, 2017.

Jan 20, 2017

New Expanded Fair Pay Protections

California has statutorily prohibited unequal pay on the basis of sex since 1949. 

Jan 14, 2017

New Expanded Fair Pay Protections

California has statutorily prohibited unequal pay on the basis of sex since 1949.

Jan 4, 2017

California’s Fair Pay Protections for Employees Expand in the New Year

Effective January 1, 2017, the protection of the California Fair Pay Act also applies to race and ethnicity, following Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of S.B. 1063, titled the “Wage and Equality Act of 2016.”

Oct 25, 2016

You’re Ready for the Election to Be Over. But Are You Ready for Election-Related Employment Issues?

Every election has its share of controversy and hot-button issues; the 2016 election, however, is a spectacle the likes of which few of us have ever seen.  It is inevitable that employees will talk about the election in the workplace, and, especially in this volatile political climate, these discussions can result in heated arguments.  Because political dialogue – especially this year – can touch on issues of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and other protected classifications, employers sometimes struggle with whether political speech should be permitted in the workplace.  The following tips can help employers avoid liability and maintain collegiality in the workplace without infringing on their employees’ ability to vote and engage in political expression.  

Sep 1, 2016

Court of Appeal Rules Custodial Deputies are Exempt from CCW Permit Requirement

In Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association v. County of Stanislaus, decided August 11, 2016, the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, held that custodial deputies may lawfully carry concealed firearms while off duty without obtaining a CCW permit, and invalidated the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s policy of requiring all such custodial deputies to obtain a permit to carry in their off-duty hours.  In reaching this conclusion, the Court of Appeal disagreed with a 2002 California Attorney General opinion on which the County had relied.  Agencies may still limit peace officers’ ability to concealed carry off-duty on an individualized basis.

Education

  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

  • BA, University of Richmond, Virginia

Jun 10, 2015 Webinars on Demand
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