Our Expertise

Baltodano & Baltodano LLP is exclusively devoted to the practice of employment law, providing the highest quality employment litigation, class action, and counseling services to individuals and organizations on the Central Coast and throughout California.  Our advocacy is driven by a commitment to creatively, proactively, and cost-effectively resolving workplace issues outside and inside the courtroom.  We help workers recover unpaid wages, litigate single-plaintiff and complex wage and hour class action disputes involving cutting edge issues, and work closely with human resource professionals, small business owners, and non-profit organizations to provide guidance regarding the latest developments in employment law.

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We offer the following core services for employers and employees, specifically tailored to individual and organizational needs and goals:

  • Single and multi-plaintiff FEHA and Title VII employment litigation involving claims of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin and other protected- class discrimination, as well as harassment and retaliation;
  • Plaintiff-side employment tort litigation involving claims of wrongful termination, defamation, whistle-blower, and related claims;
  • Plaintiff-side individual and class action wage and hour litigation under the California Labor Code and Fair Labor Standards Act;
  • Crafting, refining, and implementing workplace policies, procedures and employee handbooks;
  • Wage and hour risk mitigation and litigation avoidance; and
  • Reasonable accommodation and interactive process guidance.

Our expertise is exemplified by the following selected results:

  • Wage and hour class action settlement against national employer for $4.75 million.  Final approval granted.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement against national employer for $4.25 million.  Final approval expected late 2015.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement for $3.75 million.  Final approval expected late 2015.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement against national employer for $2.2 million.  Final approval granted.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement for $2 million. Final approval expected 2016.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement against national retailer for $1.9 million.  Final approval expected 2016.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement against regional employer for $1.1 million.  Final approval granted.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement for $1 million. Final approval expected late 2015.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement against national employer for $1 million. Final approval granted.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement against national employer for $900,000.  Final approval granted.
  • Single-plaintiff FEHA confidential settlement of $900,000.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement against national for $775,000. Final approval granted.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement against national restaurant chain for $700,000.  Final approval granted.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement against national employer for $650,000.  Final approval granted.
  • Single-plaintiff FEHA confidential settlement of $575,000.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement for $550,000.  Final approval expected 2016.
  • Wage and hour class action settlement against national employer for $540,000.  Final approval granted.
  • Represented female insurance broker in sexual harassment and retaliation case under FEHA.  Case settled for $325,000.
  • Represented low-wage worker asserting Labor Code violations.  Case settled for $150,000.
  • Represented female employee claiming retaliation under FEHA.  Case settled for $185,000.
  • Represented several farmworkers in lawsuit alleging various violations of the California Labor Code. Case settled for $150,000.
  • Represented male employee alleging hostile work environment harassment and retaliation. Case settled favorably pre-litigation.
  • Represented male employee against national employer alleging retaliation and wrongful termination. Case settled for $100,000.
  • Represented two female low-wage workers alleging various Labor Code violations and violations under FEHA. Case settled close to $100,000.
  • Represented class of approximately 2,000 janitors against major Supermarket chains alleging minimum and overtime wage violations, meal and rest break violations, late payment of wages, and wage statement violations under the California Labor Code and Fair Labor Standards Act.  Case settled for approximately $22.4 million dollars.*
  • Represented national retailer in class action lawsuit brought by general and assistant managers alleging “misclassification” and accompanying wage and hour violations.  The matter settled before hearing date on employer’s motion to decertify class.*
  • Represented national retailer in wage and hour class action lawsuit seeking unpaid wages and penalties related to alleged employee searches upon entry at the beginning and exit after the workday.  Matter settled on favorable “claims made” terms.*
  • Represented national retailer in statewide class action alleging “off-the-clock” work, meal and rest break violations, failure to properly calculate the “regular rate” for overtime pay, and failure to pay for all accrued vacation, absence and personal holiday time-off.  Two of three named plaintiffs dismissed their claims.  Case later dismissed without prejudice.*
  • Represented national retailer in a statewide class action alleging improper calculation of the “regular rate of pay” for overtime related to incentive payments and for related late payment and wage statement penalties.  Matter settled on favorable “claims made” terms.*
  • Represented national employer in two California statewide class actions alleging violations for misclassification of managers, “off-the-clock” work, meal and rest break compliance, associated wage statement and late payment penalties, and paycheck violations.  One case settled favorably on individual basis.  Other case settled on favorable “claims made” terms.*
  • Represented financial institution in statewide class action alleging improper calculation of the “regular rate of pay” based on non-inclusion of shift premiums, meal and rest period violations, related late payment and wage statement penalties, and civil penalties under the Private Attorney’s General Act.  Matter settled on favorable terms pre-certification.*
  • Represented national motorcycle manufacturer and distributor against claims of race and national origin discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination alleged by employees of independent dealership based on “joint employer” theory.  Cases dismissed against manufacturer/distributor.*
  • Represented national franchisor of hair salons against unpaid wage and meal and rest break claims alleged by employee of California franchisee based on “joint employer” theory.  Case dismissed against franchisor.*
  • Obtained summary judgment for national retailer in age discrimination lawsuit under FEHA.*
  • Successfully opposed motions for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and new trial in disability discrimination dispute alleging failure to reasonably accommodate and engage in the interactive process under FEHA on behalf of cardboard box manufacturer.*

 


*Prior to forming Baltodano & Baltodano LLP.