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Robert Orozco concentrates his practice on the representation of employers in labor and employment law matters.

He has defended employers in a variety of matters including Title VII, First Amendment, sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, ADA, FMLA, CFRA, B&P 17200 and class action matters. Robert's counsel and administrative practice in these areas has included providing risk management advice, such as internal auditing and handbooks, as well as representing employers before governing agencies including, but not limited to, the Labor Commissioner, EDD, EEOC, OSHA and DFEH.

Robert is an experienced litigator, labor negotiator and trial attorney who has represented both public and private entities in labor and employment matters in state and federal courts as well as before various governing agencies. Robert's unique experience provides his clients with distinctive insights in developing successful strategies in all aspects of labor and employment issues from advice and counsel to investigations to arbitrations to litigation to resolution.

Robert is also a sought after presenter and instructor. He has provided training to various entities and professional associations on topics such as social media in the workplace; discrimination and harassment prevention; conducting disciplinary investigations; responding to EEOC and DFEH complaints; understanding employee privacy rights; imposing employee discipline; proper document retention and recordkeeping policies; and managing leaves of absence. Robert is an experienced presenter and has spoken before numerous organizations, including the League of California Cities, PIHRA, SHRM, Employers Advisory Council, Bridgeport Conferences, City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County, ExecuSense, and the Southern California Public Management Association.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Robert was senior of counsel in the labor and employment practice group of a large California-based general services law firm where he represented both private and public employers. While in law school, Robert worked for Utah Legal Services where he assisted in the representation of low income individuals in various matters.

Representative Experience
  • Successfully defended/represented local municipality in various employment matters including wrongful termination and whistle blower retaliation during concurrent criminal investigations conducted by local, state, and federal authorities. 
  • Successfully defended police department in a collective action arising from donning & doffing claims. 
  • Successfully defended a state university, its administration and professors from claims brought by former student alleging First Amendment violations and breach of contract claim. 
  • Successfully defended/represented national translation service from EEOC and ICE investigation related to hiring and retention practices.
  • Successfully defended city, its police department, and various police officers from claims brought by an individual alleging civil rights violations.
  • Successfully defended assisted living and health care facilities in various wage & hour matters in federal court and before administrative agencies.
Languages
  • Fluent in Spanish