Employment Law

Applying Complex Litigation Experience to Employment Cases

At Callahan & Blaine, our employment law attorneys meet two sets of employer needs — advice for meeting legal and regulatory responsibilities while avoiding liability, and resolving workplace complaints and litigation on favorable terms. Whether you need advice about personnel policies or help with an employee's lawsuit, we can help. Contact our office in Santa Ana for more information about our firm's approach to employment law issues.

Callahan & Blaine provides comprehensive labor and employment law counsel to clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-market companies and entrepreneurial start-ups. At the same time, we represent individual employees with claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, and other violations of workplace rights. We have also represented employees in class action litigation, including the recovery of $38 million for newspaper carriers in Orange County. The $38 million settlement, which was achieved after two months of trial, is the largest employment case in Orange County history.

Employers benefit from our firm's ability to help them identify and resolve potential problems and exposure at all phases of the employment relationship, from recruiting and hiring to discipline, severance or termination for cause. Our business clients also benefit from Callahan & Blaine's extensive experience with litigation across the range of employment law issues:

  • Discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, disability or other prohibited classifications
  • Sexual harassment investigations and defense
  • Retaliatory termination and whistleblower complaints
  • Unpaid overtime, wage and hour violations, or sales commission claims
  • Disputes over sick leave, family leave, pregnancy or maternity leave, or vacation
  • Independent contractor-employee classification issues
  • Negotiation and enforcement of severance agreements, noncompete commitments and trade secrets protection

In recent years, we have seen an increasing volume of employment litigation related to the sale of closely held businesses, where the seller or key employees continue an employment or consulting relationship with the buyer. If anything goes wrong with the new enterprise, the seller and the buyer are likely to blame one another, and each might hold significant claims against the other. Our experience with complex business litigation covers the employment dimensions of these disputes as well as their commercial and corporate aspects.

Comprehensive Client Service on Employment Law Issues

Our employment litigation experience also helps our clients identify their strongest claims and defenses while finding the right forum for adjudicating a given set of claims. Whether your case ends up in state or federal court, in an administrative hearing or in arbitration will depend on the facts and the statutes most closely implicated in your case: the California Family Rights Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Unfair Business Practices Act, or such federal laws as the Federal Medical Leave Act or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Every lawyer at Callahan & Blaine is an experienced and accomplished litigator who can meet the demands of an employment lawsuit, whether presented as a freestanding claim or as part of a broader dispute. To learn more about our ability to represent your interests effectively on either side of an employment dispute, contact Callahan & Blaine in Santa Ana.

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