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Jason A. Geller

Regional Managing Partner, San Francisco
San Francisco
t: 415.490.9020
f: 415.490.9001

Overview

Jason Geller is the managing partner of the firm's San Francisco office. Jason represents employers in all facets of employment law matters. He has considerable experience defending employers in litigation involving claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and California wage and hour laws. Jason has also defended employers against whistleblowing and retaliation claims, including claims under the California Whistleblower Act, the False Claims Act and various provisions of the California Labor Code.

Jason has extensive experience defending employers in federal and state courts, as well as in investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the DFEH, United States Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

In addition to defending his clients in litigation, Jason frequently counsels employers to assist them in avoiding litigation. He regularly advises clients on leave management issues and the interactive process for employees with disabilities, reinstatement obligations under various leave laws and wage and hour compliance. Jason has prepared employee handbooks and a variety of agreements, including independent contractor, employment, confidentiality and trade secrets agreements.
 
His clients are involved in a variety of industries, including assisted living, independent living facilities, construction, manufacturing, engineering, architecture, professional services, agriculture, technology, retail and restaurant industries.

Jason was included in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2016.

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Northern California Human Resources Association - East Bay Chapter
  • Member, Marin Human Resources Forum (1995-2000)
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section of The San Francisco Bar Association
  • Board Member & Legislative Co-chair, Employers' Advisory Council of the California Employment Development Department
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Employment Law Jury Instructions of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California

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News

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • “Understanding the Complexities of Retaliation and Whistleblowing Claims,” National Employment Law Institute (NELI)
    May 2014
  • “The Escalation of Retaliation and Whistleblowing Claims,” National Employment Law Institute (NELI)
    December 2013
  • “A Shrinking Class: A View of Recent Class Action Decisions,” Bar Association of San Francisco
    October 2013
  • “Initiatives of the Department of Labor and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement,” for Bridgeport Continuing Education
    October 2013
  • “Litigating Discrimination and Harassment Claims: Expert Witnesses,” for Bridgeport Continuing Education
    July 2013
  • “California Employment Law Briefing: Fair Employment & Housing Act, Disability Requirements,” National Employment Law Institute (NELI)
    June 2013
  • “Preventing Allegations of Employment Discrimination: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Litigation,” San Francisco Employers’ Advisory Council Fall Seminar
    October 2012
  • “2012 Wage and Hour Update,” for Bridgeport Continuing Education
    October 2012
  • “Keeping it all Straight: Employee Leaves of Absence & Wage and Hour Update,” at management client request
    September 2012
  • “Litigating Discrimination & Harassment Claims, Taking a case from Beginning to End,” for Bridgeport Continuing Education
    July 2012
  • The National Employment Law Institute, California Employment Law Update on Discrimination Law and Practice, Disability Discrimination
    June 2012
  • “Mastering the Deposition” in Employment Cases, for Bridgeport Continuing Education
    January 2012
  • “Creative Staffing Solutions and HR Systems Update,” at management client request
    March 2011
  • “Leaves of Absence in California and More,” at management client request
    October 2010
  • “Family and Medical Leave in California,” Lorman Education Services
    January 2009
  • “Leaves of Absence in California,” Marin Employer Advisory Council
    October 2008
  • “Time Off: State and Federal Laws on Employee Leave, Vacations and Holidays in California,” Lorman Education Services
    April 2008
  • “Negotiating Leaves of Absence,” San Francisco Employer Advisory Council
    October 2007
  • “Payroll Fundamentals: Basic Principles to Help You Manage the Payroll Process,” Lorman Education Services
    September 2007
  • “Leaves of Absence in California,” Bar Association of San Francisco
    June 2007
  • “Negotiating Leaves of Absence in California: Employers Can Never Know Enough, cont'd,” Employer Advisory Council of the Employment Development Department
    August 2006
  • “Advanced Topics In The Family And Medical Leave Act In California,” Lorman Education Services
    July 2006
  • “Negotiating Leaves of Absence in California: Employers Can Never Know Enough,” Employer Advisory Council of the Employment Development Department
    April 2006
  • “Full-Time Employees Doing Part-Time Work: Managing Intermittent Leave, Difficult Scheduling Accommodations, and Other FMLA and ADA Challenges,” Council On Education Management
    February 2005
  • “Significant New Developments in Discrimination and Retaliation Law: The Latest from the EEOC and Practical Strategies to Guard Against Costly Claims,” Council On Education Management
    February 2005
  • “ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation in California,” Lorman Education Services
    December 2004
  • Moderator: “Double Taxation of Attorney’s Fees: The Implications In Employment Law Cases,” 22nd Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Bar
    November 2004
  • “The New Year's New Laws: A Summary Of The Recent Changes in California Law That Every Employment Practitioner Should Understand,” San Francisco Bar Association
    January 2004
  • “Disability Issues And The Interactive Process Requirements For Employees With Disabilities,” The Employers' Advisory Council of the California Employment Development Department
    January 2004
  • “ADA, FMLA And Workers’ Compensation In California,” Lorman Education Services
    December 2003
  • “Overtime Requirements and Exemptions In California and The Complete Payroll Process In California,” Lorman Education Services
    2001-2003
  • Seminars on employee privacy and workplace violence for The Employers’ Advisory Council of the California Employment Development Department
    2001-2002
  • Employment Law Updates, Labor and Employment Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco
    2001-2002
  • “Independent Contractor or Employee, Which Should You Choose?” Microenterprise for Women
    1999
  • “Employment Law Update, Defending Wrongful Termination Claims,” Marin Human Resources Forum
    1998-2000

Articles

  • “Handling Discrimination Suits by Unauthorized Workers,” Daily Journal
    July 16, 2014
  • “Defending the Independent Contractor Relationship: Tips for Avoiding the Pitfalls,” Relevance, AIACC: A Source of Pertinent Information 
    April 2005
  • “Employers Beware of the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004,” California Bankers' Association Regulatory Compliance Bulletin
    April 22, 2004
  • “Unenforceable Covenant Against Solicitation of Employer's Customers Supports Wrongful Termination Claim,” Texas Reporter
    January 2004

Education

Bar Admissions

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