Steven M. Rubin dedicates his career to promoting the rights of individuals in the workplace. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University before entering USC Law Center where he graduated in 1979 when he first became a member of the State Bar of California. He is admitted to practice in federal courts throughout the State as well as the United States Supreme Court. He practiced international and regulatory law for many years before ultimately founding his own employment law practice in Los Angeles exclusively representing employees. For more than twenty years he has been filing lawsuits on behalf of employees in state and federal courts throughout California in wrongful termination, disability and cancer discrimination, gender and pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation and employee wage-hour disputes (e.g., misclassification and unpaid overtime). He has been involved in bringing a leading workplace wage and hour case before the California Supreme Court. He has successfully handled hundreds of severance negotiations, and regularly litigates discrimination, whistleblower and sexual harassment cases into substantial cash award settlements for his clients, often early enough in the process so that the benefits are enjoyed without the costs, uncertainty and anxiety that accompanies years of trial and appellate litigation. Some recent settlements are listed here. Clients often feel empowered by their experience as explained here.
Steve regularly handles arbitrations under a variety of providers such as AAA, ADR, and Jams; and has wide experience with mediation and creative approaches to alternate dispute resolution. Above all, he has shown a special aptitude for creatively and effectively bringing employers to the table to engage in the early negotiation of disputes.
His firm’s practice includes representation of corporate executives, highly paid professionals and managers as well as every imaginable occupation from nurses, medical technicians, and bar tenders, to account executives, salesman, and retail associates in big box retailers. What these individuals have in common is that they are victims of whistleblower retaliation, sexual harassment, fmla/disability discrimination, and other wrongs and discrimination in the workplace. The firm regularly resolves all matter of workplace disputes, , often through expeditious and confidential pre-trial negotiations that do not leave a record for future employers.
Steve represents employees in wage and hour cases, in many different industries, most notably “misclassification” cases involving large groups of employees claiming unpaid overtime, missed breaks and lunch hours. Steve’s practice emphasizes representation of individuals in disability discrimination cases as well, often involving failure to accommodate issues. In California, the disability discrimination provisions are broad, so that people with heart conditions, bad backs, cancer, lupus, diverticulitis, migraines, high blood pressure, and a multitude of other conditions who take medical leaves or need other accommodations for work restrictions are frequently deemed disabled within the meaning of California law. The disability cases often involve FMLA/CFRA claims too. Steve will early engage the services of expert economists, and forensic psychologists to document economic and psychological damages. Whenever possible, statements are taken from credible third party witnesses to lock in liability before litigation even begins so that a desirable outcome can be assured. Steve works regularly with other attorneys when needed to match the resources of a large corporate opponent.
In short, Steve has built an employee rights law firm that is distinguished by: more than 37 years of experience, a history of success, a strategic approach to client’s individuated needs, exceptional attention to client concerns, high ethical standards, and contingency fee representation.
He is an active member of the California Employment Lawyer’s Association; the National Employment Law Association; the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Bar. He practices widely in State and federal courts in all areas of employment law. Steve is married with two children, and lives in Los Angeles. From time to time, he leaves the law books behind and goes skiing.