Michael Wertheim

Associate

Los Angeles


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Michael Wertheim, an Associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office, represents employers in workplace law matters including employment litigation, class actions and preventative advice and counsel.

He represents companies in all types of employment disputes including harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination cases in both state and federal court. His practice also involves defending employers in wage-and-hour class and representative actions under the California Labor Code and Private Attorneys General Act.

Additionally, Michael has experience handling unfair labor practice charges, labor arbitrations and other labor proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and Public Employment Relations Board.

Posts by: Michael Wertheim

Tech Giants Continue To Face The Equal Pay Litigation Spotlight

In recent years, the volume of equal pay lawsuits has continued to increase in Silicon Valley, despite technology companies reaffirming their commitment to equal pay policies and practices. Earlier this month, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (“HP”) was hit with the latest equal pay lawsuit. The class action lawsuit, filed in Santa Clara Superior Court, alleges that HP discriminated against its female workers by paying them less than their male counterparts and funneling women into certain jobs based on stereotypes. READ MORE

Let Them Eat Cake: Religious Accommodations, LGBTQ Rights and Other Workplace Implications of SCOTUS’ Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

In a highly anticipated ruling, in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a cake shop owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs.  The case highlights the potentially conflicting intersection of religious freedoms and anti-discrimination laws; i.e. the right to hold sincere religious beliefs and the right to be treated equally and without discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation. READ MORE