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Paul D. Knothe

Paul D. Knothe

Paul Knothe is an associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Los Angeles office.  Paul advises and represents clients in the areas of employment law and labor relations.  Paul has extensive experience in handling employment litigation, grievance arbitrations, administrative hearings, and providing day-to-day legal counsel to clients.

Paul’s litigation practice includes matters in state and federal courts, including appellate courts pertaining to alleged discrimination and retaliation, wage-hour issues, and issues surrounding collectively bargained Memoranda of Understanding; handling all aspects of litigation, from case assessment and pre-trial motion practice, through all forms of discovery proceedings, and settlement, to trial.  Paul has litigated both class-action and single or multi-plaintiff employment matters.

Paul also regularly conducts thorough workplace investigations, with a focus on high-profile incidents or allegations against senior management personnel.

Prior to joining LCW, Paul practiced labor and employment law in both the public and private sectors.

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New Regulations Give Applicants and Employees with Criminal History a Fresh Start; Employers Should Take a Fresh Look at their Decision-Making Practices

Posted in Employment

InterviewCalifornia’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) revised an existing regulation and adopted a new regulation regarding employers’ use of employees’ and applicants’ criminal history in employment decisions, effective July 1, 2017.

Restrictions that are specific to the use …

FBOR ‘Performance of Official Duties’ – Seibert v. City of San Jose Addresses What this Provision Means, Although Questions Remain

Posted in Employment, Public Safety Issues

Fire-Helmet.jpgRecently, the California Court of Appeal published its first case interpreting the unique provision of the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act (FBOR) limiting the statute’s procedural employee protections “to the events and circumstance involving the performance of official duties.”  …

Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)

Posted in Employment

Antonin_Scalia_Official_SCOTUS_PortraitU.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died at the age of 79 on Saturday, February 13, 2016.  Known for his sharp turns of phrase and his conservative viewpoint, Justice Scalia was frequently controversial.  His jurisprudence over 30 years on the …