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Greg S. Labate

Partner
Orange County
F: +1.714.513.5130
Overview
Honors
Experience
Thought Leadership
Memberships

Overview

Greg Labate is Practice Group Leader of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group, and is a partner in the firm's Orange County office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Labate represents employers in a wide range of industries. He provides general advice to employers relating to labor and employment issues, and has extensive experience in defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, invasion of privacy, workplace violence, wages, and other related matters. Mr. Labate has also defended employers in numerous wage and hour class actions, with a special emphasis on class actions in the mortgage, restaurant, retail, and manufacturing industries. He is a trial attorney who has had great success defending his clients in court and in arbitration. 

Honors

  • Labor and Employment, Legal 500, 2015-2018
  • Recipient, Los Angeles County Special Award for Distinguished Service as General Counsel for Special Assistance for Victims in Emergency

Experience

Representative Clients

Atria Senior Living, Banc of California, Boyd & Associates, CODAN USA, Harbor Freight Tools, Hillstone Restaurant Group, Hyundai, IHOP, In-N-Out Burger, Lawry's Restaurants, loanDepot, Lynx Grills, Marriott, Mobile Mini, Mother's Market, National Health Properties, North American Health Corp., Roto Rooter, SoCal Self-Storage, Stearns Lending, Sunstate Equipment, The Nixon Library, Timberland, Zodiac Aerospace, and many more. 

Lectures and Appearances

Mr. Labate has presented lectures for employer's organizations such as Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), Employer's Advisory Council (EAC), Employer's Group, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), and more. Mr. Labate has been the Keynote Speaker at PIHRA’s Annual Convention numerous times. He has also appeared on television and radio regarding labor and employment issues.

Litigation Victories

Tran v. A and G, Inc. (Orange County Superior Court); Defeated class certification in wage/hour class action.

Icon v. REMN (Orange County Superior Court); Obtained an injunction in an employee raiding action.

Kashani v. Hyundai Information Services North America (Orange County Superior Court); Obtained a complete defense verdict in a jury trial, defeating plaintiff's claims for overtime, meal periods, rest periods, and attorney's fees.

Aspesi v. Hyundai Motor America (Orange County Superior Court); Obtained a complete defense verdict in a jury trial, defeating two plaintiffs' claims for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and more.

Johnson v. Mass Connections (Los Angeles County Superior Court); Defeated class certification in wage/hour class action.

Published Decisions

Corder v. Houston's Restaurants, Inc., 424 F. Supp. 2d 1205 (C.D. Cal. 2006) (only one meal/rest penalty per day despite multiple meal and/or rest period violations).

Thought Leadership

Articles

  • “Layoffs Without Lawsuits: An Employer's Guide To Downsizing In These Difficult Economic Times,” Orange County Business Journal

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Labor and Employment Law Updates
  • How to Avoid Class Action Lawsuits
  • Layoffs, Downsizing & RIFS
  • Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations
  • How to Hire and Fire
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Independent Contractors
  • Documentation in the Workplace

Events

Memberships

  • Labor Law Section, Orange County Bar Association