Dorothy Liu

Dorothy S. Liu

Partner

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Labor and Employment
Labor and Employment
San Francisco

Dorothy Liu is a Labor and Employment partner with Hanson Bridgett, representing employers in the private and public sectors since 1999. In addition, Dorothy served as Commissioner on the San Francisco Ethics Commission from 2011 to 2013, having been appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in April 2011.

In her employment practice, Dorothy represents clients across a wide variety of industries, such as the concrete, aggregates and cement industries, transportation industry, federal defense contractors, educational institutions, healthcare and assisted living industries. Dorothy has extensive experience leading class action defense litigation in state and federal courts on issues ranging from meal and rest break claims and Fair Credit Reporting Act disclosure claims to off-the-clock, overtime, and wage-and-hour issues under California’s Labor Code, as well as representative and collective actions brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. She also regularly defends employers against claims of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, retaliation (including whistleblower retaliation), and wrongful termination in single-plaintiff and multiple-plaintiff lawsuits. Dorothy’s practice includes handling labor arbitrations and negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and she frequently advises employers on workplace investigations, managing leaves of absence and disability accommodations, handling employee discipline and terminations, and wage and hour compliance under state and federal law.

Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett, Dorothy served for two years as Law Clerk to The Honorable Walter E. Webster, Jr. at the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Publications

"Court Affirms That Healthcare Employees Working 12+ Hour Shifts Can Waive One of Their Two Meal Periods," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (March 2017)

"Your Background Check Documents May Be At Risk Under A New Ninth Circuit Ruling," co-author, Employee Benefits Law Alert (January 2017)

"Reminder: Minimum Wage Increases Effective January 1, 2017," co-author, Labor & Employment Alert (November 2016)

"Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Blocking Immediate Implementation of New Federal Overtime Rules," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (November 2016)

"Palo Alto, Los Altos, and San Mateo Raise Minimum Wage," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (September 2016)

"City of Berkeley Passes New Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (September 2016)

"A Glimmer Of Hope For Employers In “Associational” Reasonable Accommodation Cases," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (September 2016)

"After Almost 20 Years, The EEOC Has Issued New Guidelines On Retaliation," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (September 2016)

"San Diego’s City Council Approves The Voter Passed Minimum Wage And Paid Sick Leave Ordinance… With A Few Important Modifications," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (July 2016)

"Los Angeles and San Diego Join The Fray With New And Expanded Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Laws," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (June 2016)

"Employers Doing Business in the Cities of Los Angeles and San Diego Must Address New, Expanded Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Laws," co-author, CALA Legal Update (June 2016)

"Ninth Circuit Rules That Cash-In-Lieu Of Benefits Payments Must Be Included In Regular Rate Of Pay," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (June 2016)

"Two Rest Breaks Are Better Than One, According To A New California Appellate Court Decision," co-author, Labor & Employment Alert (April 2016)

"San Francisco Delivers New Paid Parental Leave," co-author, Labor and Employment Law Alert (April 2016)

"Employers May Be Obligated To Provide Suitable Seating To Employees," co-author, Labor and Employment Law Alert (April 2016)

"Employers May Be Required To Provide Reasonable Accommodation To Employees 'Associated' With Someone With A Disability," co-author, Labor and Employment Law Alert (April 2016)

"No Fooling: New FEHA Regulations Go Into Effect April 1, 2016," co-author, Labor & Employment Alert (March 2016)

"SB 327 Renders Gerard v. Orange Coast Medical Center Moot," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (October 2015)

"Employment Law Roundtable," California Lawyer (February 2008)

"Employment Law Roundtable," California Lawyer (January 2006)

"Labor Code 2002 and Beyond", Employment Law Bulletin, Issue 5 (2001)

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Presentations

"How to Minimize Retaliation Claims during the Termination Process," USLAW Client Conference (September 2016)

"New Anti-Discrimination/Retaliation Obligations," co-speaker, Hanson Bridgett Labor & Employment Seminar (January 2016)

"Expansion of Discrimination & Harassment Protections," Hanson Bridgett Labor & Employment Seminar (January 2015)

"2012 Labor & Employment Law Update," co-speaker, National Cement Employers Association (September 2012)

"Training Your New Supervisors in California: 11 Practical Lessons," Employer Resource Institute Webinar (March 2011)

"HR Self-Audits in California: How to Find (and Fix) the Legal Time Bombs in Your Workplace," Employer Resource Institute Webinar (November 2010)

"Navigating the Web of Disability Leave, Pregnancy Leave, and Reasonable Accommodation Issues under California and Federal Law," QCHF DD Symposium (May 2010)

"Avoiding Employment Nightmares and Minimizing Legal Risks, from Hiring to Separation," Quality Care Health Foundation (May 2008)

"Family and Medical Leave: The Basic Do's and Don'ts of Handling FMLA Requests," National audioconference (October 2007)

"Wage & Hour Law Presentation for Residential Care Facilities," Community Education, Temecula, CA (July 2006)

"Time Off in California: Leave as an Accommodation Under the ADA and FEHA, and Other Federal and California Statutory Leaves," Lorman Seminar, San Francisco (July 2005)

"Time Off in California: Leaves of Absence," Lorman Seminar, San Francisco (July 2003)

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Professional Affiliations

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Former Co-Chair, Community Services Committee

Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Clerkships/Externships

Law Clerk to The Honorable Walter E. Webster, Jr., Washington State Court of Appeals (1997-1999)

Extern to The Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Court, Western District of Washington

Education

J.D., University of Washington School of Law (1997)

B.A., Stanford University (1992)

Admissions And Courts

California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

San Francisco

415-995-5046 Direct Phone
415-995-3506 Fax

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