Public Entities

Goldfarb & Lipman’s employment attorneys have substantial experience representing public entities in employment and labor matters.  Goldfarb & Lipman acts as General Counsel to the Oakland Housing Authority and the Berkeley Housing Authority, including representation on all employment issues.  These entities’ employees are represented by the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, the Service Employees International Union, and Public Employees Union – Local One.


Goldfarb & Lipman attorneys defend public entities in unfair labor practice proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).  Our attorneys also defend public agencies in state and federal courts throughout California in discrimination, sexual harassment, prevailing wage, whistleblower, retaliatory discharge claims and employment-related common-law tort and contract claims related to employment.  We also defend public entities in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing.


We provide advice and counsel to our public entity clients on numerous labor and employment matters, including the duty to meet and confer under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act; counseling on reasonable accommodation rights and duties under state and federal law; Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues; discrimination and harassment; Skelly hearings; grievance resolution; interpretation of Memorandum of Understanding provisions; and settlement of employment disputes.  Goldfarb & Lipman attorneys frequently consult on collective bargaining matters, workers’ compensation, and Occupational Safety Health and Administration claims.  Our attorneys have extensive experience in employment counseling, arbitration, litigation, mediation, and appellate representation on behalf of public agencies.


Goldfarb & Lipman recently filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the League of California Cities in the California Supreme Court in a pending matter involving the duty to meet and confer under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act.