What I like about being an employment law attorney is the opportunity to partner with clients to minimize risk and help them be good employers. When an issue does result in litigation, I love advocating on behalf of our client and obtaining the best possible result.
Alison Hamer has been with Hirschfeld Kraemer in the firm’s Los Angeles office since 2011. Her practice involves all areas of employment and labor law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, unfair competition, breach of contract, and wage and hour. She represents employers in single plaintiff and class and collective action litigation in both state and federal courts, and arbitration. She has also successfully represented employers before administrative agencies including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Alison also has experience conducting complex and sensitive investigations, including claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower complaints, misconduct, and alleged policy violations.
Additionally, Alison advises management regarding employment law practices relating to hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, managing disability accommodations and medical leaves of absence, and wage and hour issues. She further provides preventative counseling to employers by drafting and auditing employee handbooks, arbitration and employment agreements, and other employment policies.
Alison represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including hospitality, higher education, healthcare, fashion and retail, and staffing.
When not at work, Alison enjoys traveling, baking – and eating – sweets, and spending time with her husband, son, and Maltipoo.
From 2012 to 2018, named by fellow members of the State Bar as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star
Panelist, Managing Employees in a Time of Chaos: A 2021 Employment Law Overview, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP webinar, January 29, 2021
Panelist, “California Employment Laws 2020: Your Survival Guide,” Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP Webinar, December 18, 2019
“Legal Issues Pertaining to Sanctuary, DACA, Dreamers, and ICE Investigations,” University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) 49th Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2, 2018
“Special Report: Major Changes For California Employers in 2021,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP Blog), December 23, 2020
“Top 10 Employment Law Developments of 2018: #6 – #MeToo’s Dramatic Impact on Sexual Harassment Legislation,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP blog), December 18, 2018
Board Member, Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), West Los Angeles Chapter
On behalf of a non-profit university, negotiated lowest resolution per class member of class action/PAGA lawsuits to-date relating to adjunct faculty member compensation
On behalf of a university, obtained dismissal on summary judgment of a race discrimination lawsuit brought by a tenured faculty member who was dismissed for cause
Won terminating sanctions in a case in which the opposing party abused the discovery process
Obtained summary judgment against former union worker’s lawsuit for disability discrimination, unlawful administration of medical leave, and invasion of privacy
Obtained summary judgment of former employee’s lawsuit alleging whistleblower wrongful termination
On behalf of a university, obtained summary adjudication of former worker’s claims of disability-based discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and defamation
Obtained summary adjudication of PAGA claim in which the plaintiff alleged he and other workers were misclassified as independent contractors and not paid overtime wages
Following a two-week arbitration, obtained complete defense verdict on breach of contract claims filed against our client and prevailed on our client’s cross-complaint for breach of contract, resulting in an order for the claimant to pay our client nearly one million dollars
Via demurrer, obtained dismissal with prejudice of a complaint for breach of contract
Represented client in a contested hearing, resulting in obtaining a permanent restraining order prohibiting civil harassment
Obtained substantial monetary judgment against a former employee who engaged in trade libel and intentional interference with contractual relations, resulting in the former employee ceasing such conduct
Represented employers in complex wage and hour class action and PAGA litigation and negotiated favorable settlements representing millions of dollars in savings
Successfully enforced contested arbitration agreements on behalf of multiple clients in employment discrimination, wage and hour, and education cases