The Watkins Firm has decades of experience defending employers in Labor Commission hearings and conferences. Our attorneys represent employers and businesses before several federal and state employment agencies including but not limited to:
- California Labor Commissioner
- US Department of Labor
- California Employment Development Department (EDD)
- US Equal Opportunity Commission
- California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
If you have been contacted regarding an employee complaint or invited to an “informal” hearing or conference you need the advice, counsel and representation of the Watkins Firm. Our attorneys prepare employers and business owners for the intense questioning and tactics employed by Deputy Labor Commissioners and Hearing Officers designed to entrap you and expose you to financial consequences. We attend these hearings and handle all negotiations with the agencies and their representatives to protect our clients and achieve the best possible outcomes in these cases.
The State of California is aggressively seeking to generate revenue by focusing upon what they consider to be “wage theft” and related employee wage and hour issues. “Wage Theft” includes but is not limited to the nonpayment of wages, vacation, leave or overtime and the failure to provide rest breaks and meal breaks. The recent Dynamex decision exposes San Diego employers to additional exposure for the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.
We aggressively defend our clients in these hearings and conferences to seek outright dismissal of the claims and to limit their financial exposure. The hearing officers in these matters have immense power and are known to lean heavily toward the side of an employee. Our experienced attorneys have a proven track record of success defending employers in labor commission hearings and conferences and preventing the case from moving forward. We seek an “Order, Decision or Award” or ODA which reduces the financial exposure of our clients.
Contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 for a free consultation today.