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Daniel Velton - Discrimination, Harassment, Wrongful Termination Attorney

Daniel Velton

dvelton@vzfirm.com

Daniel Velton began his legal career with the largest labor and employment law firm in the world. Using that experience, he brings valuable knowledge and perspective to his current practice, in which he exclusively represents employees in high-stakes individual and class action employment matters, including cases of unlawful discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, illegal pay practices and whistleblower retaliation.

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  • Fluent in Russian
  • Basic French and Spanish
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law

Areas of Focus

  • Age Discrimination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Emotional Distress
  • Employee Rights
  • Equal Pay Act (EPA)
  • Ethnic/National Origin Discrimination
  • Executive Compensation
  • Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Qui Tam
  • Race Discrimination
  • Racial Harassment
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act
  • Severance Negotiations
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Wage & Hour Laws
  • Whistleblower
  • Wrongful Termination

Representative Matters

  • Wage and hour class action (workers misclassified as exempt) involving hundreds of individuals
  • Employees entitled to thousands of hours in unpaid overtime
  • Meal and rest break penalty payments recovered for multiple workers
  • Sexual harassment lawsuit based on groping of and sexual comments directed toward female employee
  • Pregnancy discrimination plaintiff terminated shortly after taking maternity leave
  • Disability discrimination plaintiff alleging employer's failure to accommodate disability
  • Whistleblower case in which employee terminated for complaining about unlawful employer practices
  • Employer retaliation for refusing to engage in unlawful activity
  • National origin discrimination lawsuit
  • Race discrimination plaintiff who alleged disparate pay and treatment
  • Gender discrimination involving female employees who received less average compensation than male counterparts
  • Case involving employees misclassified as independent contractors
  • Executive severance negotiations

Professional Associations

  • Legal Aid Society - Workers' Rights Clinic (Volunteer Supervising Attorney)
  • Eastern European Bar Association (Founder, Board of Governors)
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section (Member, Executive Committee)
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (Member)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Member)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
 

Kevin Allen – Class Action Wage Hour Overtime Attorney

Kevin Allen

kallen@vzfirm.com

Kevin Allen began his class action career with one of the largest wage and hour firms in Northern California as well as a prominent civil rights firm in San Francisco. Kevin’s practice focuses on representing workers in class action litigation and employment law. He has a strong knowledge of federal and California wage and hour laws, has been appointed by courts to act as class counsel and has extensive experience representing employees at mediation and trial.

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law

Areas of Focus

  • Antitrust
  • Break Violations
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Derivative Claims
  • Emotional Distress
  • Employee Rights
  • False Advertising of Products or Services
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Overtime Pay Claims and Misclassification
  • Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) Claims
  • Ponzi Schemes and Manipulative Bookkeeping
  • Prevailing Wage
  • Qui Tam
  • Retaliation
  • Severance Negotiations
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Unfair or Illegal Business Practices
  • Unpaid Commissions
  • Wage & Hour Laws
  • Whistleblower
  • Wrongful Termination

Representative Matters

  • Wage and hour class action on behalf of 50,000+ security guards alleging break violations and late payment of wages
  • Wage and hour class action on behalf of hundreds of California restaurant managers and assistant managers alleging failure to pay overtime
  • Wage and hour class action on behalf of thousands of hourly restaurant employees, including servers who were illegally forced to forefeit tips to take breaks
  • Wage and hour class action on behalf of over 40,000+ hourly employees at a national electronics retailer for employer’s bag check policy
  • Wage and hour class action on behalf of hundreds of California truck drivers for employer’s failure to pay for pre and post shift work and overtime
  • Certified class in wage and hour class action challenging employer’s “use it or lose it” vacation policy
  • Obtained 7-figure judgment in derivative case on behalf of minority shareholders
  • Represented client who forfeited half a million dollars in benefits when he went to work for a competitor
  • Successful arbitration on behalf of casino dealer for missed breaks and failure to pay overtime
  • Executive severance negotiations

Professional Associations

  • Legal Aid Society - Workers' Rights Clinic (Volunteer Supervising Attorney)
  • California Wage and Hour Class Action Attorneys (Founder)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (Member)
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Employment Section (Member)
  • San Francisco County Bar Association (Member)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (Member)

VJ Chetty - Discrimination, Harassment, Wrongful Termination Attorney

VJ Chetty

vchetty@vzfirm.com

VJ Chetty focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law, including advising and advocating for employees with regard to such issues as wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour laws. VJ has also worked in the San Francisco and Los Angeles District Attorney offices, and has represented clients in both state and federal courts. In 2014, Golden Gate University School of Law awarded VJ its prestigious Young Alumna Award.

  • Fluent in French
  • Conversational in Hindi
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law

Areas of Focus

  • Age Discrimination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Emotional Distress
  • Employee Rights
  • Equal Pay Act (EPA)
  • Ethnic/National Origin Discrimination
  • Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Qui Tam
  • Race Discrimination
  • Racial Harassment
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act
  • Severance Negotiations
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Wage & Hour Laws
  • Whistleblower
  • Wrongful Termination

Representative Matters

  • Pregnancy discrimination plaintiff terminated after taking maternity leave
  • Age discrimination plaintiff terminated and replaced shortly thereafter by a younger employee
  • Disability discrimination plaintiffs alleging employer's failure to accommodate disability, failure to engage in interactive process, and wrongful termination in violation of public policy
  • Executive severance negotiations

Professional Associations

  • Queen’s Bench Association (Member)
  • San Francisco Bar Association (Member)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Mock Trial Coach, Golden Gate University School of Law

Blair Pickus - Discrimination, Harassment, Wrongful Termination Attorney

Blair Pickus

bpickus@vzfirm.com

Having externed for the Chief Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of California, Blair Pickus brings significant federal experience to his workers' rights practice. Blair also worked as a post-graduate litigation fellow at Golden Gate University School of Law, where he taught trial advocacy classes and coached mock trial teams.

  • B.S., University of Oregon
  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law

Areas of Focus

  • Age Discrimination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Emotional Distress
  • Employee Rights
  • Equal Pay Act (EPA)
  • Ethnic/National Origin Discrimination
  • Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Qui Tam
  • Race Discrimination
  • Racial Harassment
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act
  • Severance Negotiations
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Wage & Hour Laws
  • Whistleblower
  • Wrongful Termination

Representative Matters

  • Statewide wage and hour class action on behalf of service technicians
  • Disability discrimination plaintiff alleging employer's failure to accommodate disability, failure to engage in interactive process, and wrongful termination in violation of public policy

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section (Member)

Joshua Park - Discrimination, Harassment, Wrongful Termination Attorney

Joshua Park

jpark@vzfirm.com

Joshua Park started his career at multiple Bay Area labor and employment law firms, gaining substantial experience in wage and hour class action cases, knowledge that he now brings to his practice enforcing worker rights. While in law school, Joshua also took part in the UC Hastings Civil Justice Clinic, where he earned the Outstanding Performance Award for his work in the Individual Representation Clinic.

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Alexandra Louderback - Discrimination, Harassment, Wrongful Termination Attorney

Alexandra Louderback

alouderback@vzfirm.com

Prior to joining the firm as a Law Clerk, Alexandra Louderback gained experience as a Human Resources consultant. She brings that know-how to her current role supporting the firm's attorneys in workplace rights cases on behalf of employees, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and a variety of other employment matters.

  • B.S., California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo
  • J.D. Candidate 2016, Santa Clara University School of Law