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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Nov 2, 2017 Business & Facilities

New Statute Prohibits Inquiries into Applicant’s Private Sector Salary History

On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 168, which will go into effect January 1, 2018 as Labor Code 432.3.  This new statute prohibits employers, in many circumstances, from attempting to obtain information regarding a job applicant’s salary history, or from considering that salary history in determining whether to offer employment to an applicant or what salary to offer an applicant.  This prohibition applies only to the applicant’s salary history in the private sector, and generally does not prohibit employers from considering public sector salary history.

Oct 31, 2017

New Statute Prohibits Inquiries Into Applicant’s Private Sector Salary History

On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 168, which will go into effect January 1, 2018 as Labor Code 432.3.  This new statute prohibits employers, in many circumstances, from attempting to obtain information regarding a job applicant’s salary history, or from considering that salary history in determining whether to offer employment to an applicant or what salary to offer an applicant.  

Sep 7, 2017

Accommodating the Religious Practices of a Diverse Workforce

Religious diversity, including the protection of religious minorities, is a core American value, as shown by its prominent placement in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, in the establishment and free exercise clauses.  California is, unsurprisingly, a leader in religious diversity.  Many religious believers adhere to, and find deep meaning in, religious observances including particular days of rest and grooming and dress standards.

Jun 27, 2017

Discipline for Officer-Provoked Force Incidents after County of Los Angeles v. Mendez

On May 30, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in County of Los Angeles v. Mendez.  LCW attorneys, J. Scott Tiedemann and Leighton Henderson, submitted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court in the case on behalf of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association. 

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. 

Education

  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

  • BA, University of Richmond, Virginia

Jun 10, 2015 Webinars on Demand
Transfer with Impunity or Punitive Action

Transfer with Impunity or Punitive Action

Education

  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

  • BA, University of Richmond, Virginia

Jun 10, 2015 Webinars on Demand
Transfer with Impunity or Punitive Action

Transfer with Impunity or Punitive Action

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