About Us

Bernstein & Friedland, P.C. is a boutique employment law firm in Los Angeles, California specializing in wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and unpaid wage and overtime matters.  The firm’s attorneys, Polina Bernstein and Diana Friedland, are sisters who began their careers at the best law firms in the country–Winston & Strawn LLP and Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher LLP, respectively–where they represented clients in high-stakes employment law disputes, including wrongful termination cases and large-scale class actions involving failure to provide meal and rest breaks and failure to pay overtime claims, among other wage and hour claims.  In April 2014, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal awarded Ms. Bernstein and Ms. Friedland “Business Team of the Year” at the publication’s 12th Annual Women in Business Awards.

Today, we advise our clients in the following areas of specialty:

  • Drafting employee handbooks
  • Drafting and reviewing employment contracts, including independent contractor agreements and agreements pertaining to confidentiality, non-compete, and non-solicitation issues
  • Applicant and employee background checks
  • Severance negotiation and agreements
  • Wage and hour laws, including proper classification of exempt employees and independent contractors, overtime pay, compliance with meal and rest break laws, and proper payment of expense reimbursements, accrued vacation, PTO, and other compensation-related matters
  • Discrimination on the basis of disability, sex, pregnancy, age, religion, sexual orientation, race, marital status, ethnicity, national origin, military service and other legally protected categories
  • Harassment on the basis of disability, sex, pregnancy, age, religion, sexual orientation, race, marital status, ethnicity, national origin, military service and other legally protected categories
  • Disability accommodation and the duty to engage in an interactive process
  • Pregnancy accommodation and compliance with pregnancy-related leave of absence laws
  • Retaliatory discharge and whistleblower claims
  • Wrongful termination
  • Prevailing wage compensation
  • Claims under Business & Professions Code section 17200 et seq., the “Unfair Competition Law”
  • Breach of contract
  • Employment tort litigation, including negligent hiring and retention, negligent supervision, defamation, wrongful discharge, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery, and invasion of privacy
  • Investigations of complaints for sexual harassment and other illegal employment practices
  • Reductions in force
  • WARN Act compliance
  • Leaves of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and Pregnancy Disability Leave, among other laws
  • Employee theft and misuse of company property
  • Trade secret misappropriation and protection issues
  • Misuse of technology in the workplace
  • Employee drug testing
  • Alternative workweek implementation

With our combined experience, we strive to provide high-quality legal representation in a cost-effective manner.  In today’s complex business climate, we offer the experience necessary to handle our clients’ employment-related matters efficiently and effectively.  More than a law practice, we strive to become a trusted advisor and aggressive advocate for our clients.  For more information, please visit our website at www.laemploymentcounsel.com.

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