Jahmal chairs the labor and employment section at Hanson Bridgett. He is a trial lawyer who specializes in employment law, representing public and private employers in state and federal employment litigation. His litigation and trial work encompasses all aspects of employment-related claims, including discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, retaliation and wrongful termination. Jahmal also has significant experience assisting clients with respect to state and federal wage-and-hour laws. He represents numerous employers in cases involving alleged wage-and-hour violations under both the FLSA and California law.
Jahmal's practice includes defending employers with regard to administrative claims, regulatory actions, and audits by state and federal taxing authorities, such as the California Employment Development Department (EDD), and the Internal Revenue Service. Jahmal also represents employers in union-initiated grievance arbitrations.
Jahmal provides preventive advice and training to clients, and he conducts internal investigations of employment-related disputes. His preventive advice and counseling includes reviews and audits of employer policies and practices. Jahmal has conducted numerous exempt/non-exempt classification audits for large and small employers.
Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett, Jahmal developed substantial trial experience as a staff attorney for the Alameda County Public Defender's office. He has also developed a wide range of civil litigation experience by representing public and private sector clients in matters involving health care litigation, commercial disputes and insurance defense.
Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Medical Foundation, (2015) 237 Cal. App. 4th 78
"Employment Law Roundtable," California Lawyer (February 2008)
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"HR Update: Make Sure Your Personnel Practices Minimize Employee Complaints and Lawsuits," California Association of Healthcare Facilities (April 2015)
"Responding to Department of Labor Investigations," California Association of Healthcare Facilities (July 2014)
"Mixed Motives," panelist, National Bar Association (April 2013)
"Navigating Wage & Hour Compliance Issues: Webinar For DD Providers," California Association of Healthcare Facilities, Sacramento Chapter (April 2011)
"Best Practices for Hiring, Disciplining and Terminating Health Care Employees," California Association of Health Facilities, Sacramento Chapter (May 2010)
"Create Workplace Diversity and Prevent Discrimination and Harassment," California Public Employers Labor Relations (November 2008)
"Navigating Wage and Hour Compliance for Healthcare Employees," California Association of Health Facilities (July 2008)
"Understanding What's at Risk," California Assisted Living Association (June 2008)
"The Unionized Work Force: What It Is and How Good Human Resource Management Might Prevent It," California Assisted Living Association (June 2008)
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Children's Legal Advocacy Award, Legal Services for Children (2008)