Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment Practice Leaders

With an emphasis on pre-emptive solutions and protective ideas that save clients time and money, Varner & Brandt offers the experience and expertise to help businesses successfully resolve labor and employment issues. For over 25 years, our attorneys have maintained a strong labor and employment law practice in the Inland Empire representing clients ranging from emerging companies to national corporations. While we take pride in finding efficient solutions, our deeply experienced employment trial lawyers aggressively defend companies in litigation.

Varner & Brandt provides professional legal services in all areas of labor and employment, including employee discipline and termination; employment practices advice, counsel and investigation; sexual harassment and sensitivity training; employee conflict of interest; drafting of employment policies and procedures; defense of claims arising out of employment for discipline, termination, harassment, discrimination and wage and hour; and other claims concerning violations of the California Labor Code and State and Federal statutes. Our labor and employment expertise and sound business judgment allows us to successfully counsel some of the largest employers in the Southern California region. The firm's specific labor and employment representation includes the following:

  • Advice on state and federal employment law developments.
  • Compliance.
  • Defense of employee claims for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination and failure to promote.
  • Employment agreements.
  • Equal opportunity.
  • Executive compensation.
  • General litigation.
  • Investigation of claims of sexual harassment and discrimination.
  • Investigation of employee theft and financial misconduct.
  • Labor Relations
  • Polices regarding hiring and firing.
  • Pre-employment screening, drug testing, and hiring procedures.
  • Prevailing wage.Severance.
  • Wage and hour.
  • Workplace privacy.

California employers face a rising tide of wrongful termination lawsuits due to constant attacks and erosion of their rights to decide whom they wish to hire, promote or terminate. In this environment, Varner & Brandt provides clients with pre-termination advice and counseling to minimize potential exposure to lawsuits and to prevent cases from being filed. When wrongful discharge, harassment, or discrimination cases have arisen, the firm's highly experienced litigators have effectively handled the situations, often expediting early dismissals or favorable claims settlements. The firm also has a long history of dealing with governmental agencies. This has led to our unique specialty in assisting our clientele in avoiding issues with such investigatory agencies as Cal-OSHA, MSHA and county and city environmental and hazardous waste authorities. When an agency files a civil, quasi-criminal or criminal complaint, our attorneys are experienced in the negotiations and litigation necessary to settle these particular matters.

Varner & Brandt has always supplied our clients with preventive counseling, as well as trial services to render the highest level of financial and legal protection.