Your Employees Should Be Assets, Not Liabilities

Employees can be a company’s greatest asset, but ensuring that those assets do not become liabilities can require sophisticated agreements and a thorough knowledge of complicated employment laws and regulations. At Cohen Law Firm, I help employers draft comprehensive employment agreements designed to prevent disputes before they arise and provide remedies when they do. I assist business owners in navigating the maze of federal and California laws that govern the employer-employee relationship, and zealously represent them in litigation when necessary to protect their interests.

Defining the Employment Relationship and Post-Employment Obligations

Employment disputes often arise because both the employer and employee are unclear about the terms of employment, the duties of the respective parties during the employment relationship, and what the rights and obligations of the parties are after the relationship ends. I work closely with employers to draft the documents and agreements that go a long way towards minimizing the risk of costly and time-consuming employment disputes. In addition, I assist employers in establishing training programs and properly communicating with employees in order to reduce the likelihood that disputes will arise.

Specifically, I provide sound counsel and thorough document preparation related to:

  • Employment agreements
  • Employment applications
  • Independent contractor agreements
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Non-solicitation agreements
  • Trade secret protection
  • Separation agreements
  • Employee handbooks, policies and procedures

Quick Action and Comprehensive Strategies in Employment Litigation

No matter how well-developed the strategy or how carefully tailored the document, employment disputes may still arise. A trusted employee may ignore the non-solicitation terms in his contract and start his own business by stealing customers or using proprietary information. When that happens, every hour and day that passes can mean tens of thousands of dollars in losses and customers you may never get back. Or an employee, unhappy about a disciplinary action, may accuse the company and its managers of discrimination or sexual harassment. In that event, the employer may become involved in costly administrative procedures before the Fair Employment and Housing Commission or litigation in the courtroom, or both.

I have extensive experience seeking and obtaining the kind of quick relief necessary – such as temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions – to stop the bleeding when an employee or former employee improperly uses trade secrets to unfairly compete while we work towards a comprehensive solution to protect your business. I also handle discrimination and sexual harassment claims by employees before the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and in court. In addition, I will provide a vigorous defense of wage and hour claims, wrongful termination allegations, and assertions of unsafe working conditions. In short, I will act as your full service employment law firm, handling all employment matters you require.

Cohen Law Firm: Representing Businesses in Employment Matters

Whether you are looking for assistance preparing the agreements and policies that can protect your investment in your employees, or need decisive action to respond to employee claims or conduct that threaten your business, I welcome the opportunity to work with you to find a tailored, comprehensive and cost-effective solution. Please call my office today at (805) 267-7147 or e-mail me at to discuss your case or to make an appointment.