Raúl E. Zermeño
Raúl Zermeño is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office. He represents local, regional and national employers in a broad range of labor and employment disputes, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination matters. Furthermore, Raúl represents employers in both individual and class-action litigation alleging violations of wage & hour laws, as well as claims brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
Raúl also provides day-to-day preventative counseling to clients on all aspects of the employment process including hiring, disciplinary actions, and terminations. Raúl frequently provides advice to clients regarding its obligations for leaves of absences, the interactive process and reasonable accommodations.
Raúl regularly presents to members of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce and is passionate about helping businesses in the community thrive and protect their assets. As a bilingual attorney, he regularly drafts employment policies, conducts workplace investigations and mandated trainings, such as California’s AB1825 Harassment trainings for supervisors, in Spanish.
- Obtaining an award of summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by a current employee involving claims for race harassment, retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress;
- Obtaining an award for summary judgment in a complex 10 cause of action wage & hour class action complaint that included a claim for penalties pursuant to PAGA;
- Representing a national auto dealership and obtained a full defense arbitration award in a discrimination, harassment and retaliation claim based on religion. Claimant alleged, among other things, that he was subjected to anti-Semitic comments on a daily basis by his direct supervisor and was terminated after he complained of this alleged conduct. Prior to arbitration, Claimant’s final offer to settle was $625,000;
- Obtaining dismissal of class allegations in a wage & hour class action premised on the alleged failure to provide rest breaks. Rather than wait until Plaintiff filed his motion for class certification, an aggressive litigation approach was undertaken, which included gathering over 30 declarations of potential class members and filing a motion to deny class certification and strike class action allegations. After the court granted the motion to deny class certification, a settlement in a nominal amount was entered into regarding Plaintiff’s individual claims, including his PAGA claim.
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- The State of California's Actions in Response to the Trump Administration: How to Manage Workplace Immigration Issues in Today’s Polarizing Climate4.25.18
- Presented by Fisher Phillips and The Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce1.18.17
- Breakfast Briefing4.12.16
- Breakfast Briefing2.11.16
- The Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce and Fisher Phillips Present the 2nd Annual Employment Law Update1.20.16
- Breakfast Briefing7.16.15
- Breakfast Briefing11.6.14
- California Supreme Court's "Mixed Motive" Ruling May Have Major Impact on Fair Employment and Housing Claims2.11.13
- University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, Los AngelesJ.D. 2008
- University of California, BerkeleyB.A. 2004, with high honors
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California