Employment law is complex. It is difficult to know what your workplace rights are, and which labor and employment laws (California, federal, or both) apply to a discrimination or employment issue.
It is also difficult to go up against your employer, especially if it is a big, well-funded company. At Bogaards Law, our San Francisco-based employment law attorneys have that knowledge, have the mettle, and have three decades of experience successfully investigating and litigating employee claims. We can handle cases at the cutting edge of discrimination claims involving disability, gender, religion, national origin or race, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and other protected status. If you are an employee and believe you have been discriminated against, it is important to consult with an experienced employment lawyer. We can help you understand your workplace rights and bring a claim against your employer.
In addition to discrimination claims, we have expertise in helping employees with a wide range of employment issues, including:
Combining knowledge of the law plus 35 years’ of trial experience plus real-time technology, Bogaards Law lawyers can achieve premium results at an affordable price. In many employment law matters, we can represent clients at no expense to them; fees are only collected if the client wins. We have the investigators, experience, and persistence to determine the facts of any employment issue and to take quick action on behalf of our clients. We also are well-known for our exceptional client service, and give total support in clients’ workplace situations. For example, we counsel clients closely before they resign from a hostile work environment, helping them procure their personnel file, obtain a copy of the employee manual, and appropriately word their resignation or constructive termination document. We guide clients through their case from beginning to end, explaining every step of the process, and tirelessly advocate on their behalf for the best possible outcome. We take great pride in being accessible to clients whenever needed, including evenings and weekends.
Ms. Bogaards never backs down from a challenge, and her record shows it.
Female student was sexually abused by a male student at a local private middle school. The male student had abused other students in the past.
Disputed sexual molestation of high school male student by female teacher at private school.
Plaintiff was the executive assistant for the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company for only a few years. She was fired for absenteeism and poor work performance; however, plaintiff had a personal relationship with the CEO’s family and claimed that the personal relationship both interfered with her ability to do her office work and lead to her termination.
Court trial in Marin County for breach of plaintiff’s employment contract as an office manager. Plaintiff had both a personal and work relationship with employer, a medical doctor.
Elder abuse case involving the death of a client’s father at a skilled nursing facility due to neglect, dehydration, and open wounds. Case settled at early mediation.
Elder abuse case involving the death of a fellow attorney’s mother within a month of moving into an upscale care facility in Marin County, because she was not given medications. Expedited settlement within three months of claim.
Wrongful death of the 20-year-old daughter of Renee and Israel Morales in the San Bruno PG&E gas pipeline explosion, with co-counsel John Feder. We were the second case to go to mediation resulting in one of the highest settlements in history. We also accompanied Renee Morales to the PG&E criminal trial over 5 years later.
Wrongful death of 94 year old petite grandmother who ran out into traffic in the middle of the block between parked cars against a red light. Our accident reconstruction expert found no liability- zero-against the driver who hit her.
Partial finger amputation of 8-year-old boy with comparative fault.
Plaintiff was an 85-year-old man attending a weekly Rotary meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Livermore. He slipped on wet tiles and broke his femur in four places.
Plaintiff slipped and fell on nacho cheese on the floor at a U.S.F. basketball game, injuring his knee and resulting in arthroscopic surgery.
Wrist fracture arising out of pedestrian/auto accident, no surgery.
Carbon monoxide poisoning case where clients, living in a ranch home in west Marin County, had only one day of exposure and no residual symptoms.
Bicyclist suffered broken wrist injury requiring multiple surgeries in no liability case.
Race car professional suffered neuropathic leg pain when race car driver backed up into him, while standing at metal table in hangar.
Homeowner slips on unsecured tarp in her foyer after coming downstairs and sues her general contractor doing her kitchen remodel. Homeowner suffers a severe elbow injury with surgery.
Cyclist gets doored by rideshare car. Bruising and scarring near eye and hand.
Over 35 years of professional excellence
I recently had to mediate a complex and difficult case, where opposing counsel and I agreed to use Debra as the mediator. I found her to be extraordinarily competent, empathetic and efficient in getting my case resolved.
Debra was very thorough, read through and understood all the materials, and was very well prepared. She privately met with the parties and impressed upon them the risks each of them faced by going to trial. As a result, the parties reached a compromise which was fair, and only accomplished because Debra was able to see the case from a good perspective from both the plaintiff and the defendant’s point of view.
A month before trial, Ms. Bogaards successfully mediated a challenging personal injury case and was able to effectively bridge a vast cultural and legal divide, to broker a settlement acceptable to all.
We were extremely pleased by Debra’s professional abilities and personal attention, and we recommend her without hesitation! If you can imagine a good experience with a lawyer, Debra is it.
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