Employment Counseling and Litigation
- Litigating discrimination (age, gender, race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, sexual orientation), harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, invasion of privacy, defamation, breach of contract, denial of benefits and intentional tort claims;
- Negotiating executive employment agreements and exit/severance packages;
- Evaluating whistleblower strategies and protections;
- Responding to adverse employment actions;
- Obtaining equal pay, earned overtime, and just compensation; and
- Rebutting disability harassment and discrimination.
- Such representation includes, but is not limited to, complaints and appearances before the State Personnel Board, the Public Employee Retirement System, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Public Employee Relations Board, and the Department of Industrial Relations.
California taxpayers want their state and federal tax dollars to fund the programs and services they are distributed to fund. Taxpayer dollars fund government entities and also private-sector entities that contract to provide public services. When internal controls or audits do not expose misuse or abuse of public funds, federal and state laws protect whistleblowers who bring information or evidence of improprieties to light. The firm counsels on strategies for whistleblowing, and litigates claims relating to violations of whistleblower rights and protections. Such representation includes, but is not limited to, actions before the California State Personnel Board, Bureau of State Audits, and Department of Justice; as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice.
California law requires employers to conduct prompt, thorough, and neutral workplace investigations when employees make certain allegations of unlawful conduct. The firm performs timely, professional, and thorough investigations for private and public employers. We provide a detailed report of our findings when an investigation concludes.
The firm represents individuals and groups in consumer matters, including: breach of contracts for services; enforcing product warranties; challenging unfair or deceptive sales practices; purchasing motor vehicles; handling debt collection matters; and identity theft issues.
General Business Disputes
The firm represents businesses in contract disputes, commercial lease and property disputes, unfair competition, and other business claims, including misrepresentation, fraud, concealment, conversion, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of fiduciary duty.
Professional Licensing Issues
Law Offices of Mary-Alice Coleman, P.C., represent professionals and individuals in actions taken against their licenses or their ability to work in a particular job capacity. Such representation includes appeals of state licensing, exams and enforcement by the California Medical Board, California Dental Board, Registered Nursing Board, California Department of Consumer Affairs, Contractors State License Board, California Department of Motor Vehicles, California Department of Real Estate, California Department of Insurance, and California Department of Social Services. We also prepare and litigate writs and appeals in the event of an adverse decision.