Lorraine P. Ocheltree practices in the area of federal and California employment law and civil litigation. She has represented clients in state and federal court and has served as trial counsel in jury and bench trials, resulting in defense verdicts, as well as matters that went to mediation and arbitration. She has also successfully pursued and defended appeals.
Ms. Ocheltree has defended employers in both state and federal court from a variety of claims including wrongful discharge, race, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability discrimination, as well as racial and sexual harassment, retaliation, ADA-compliance, Labor Code violations, defamation, interference with contract, wage and hour disputes, and unfair business competition. She has defended claims brought before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Labor Commission, the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Ms. Ocheltree's practice includes providing advice to employers on all aspects of the employer/employee relationship, including the areas of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation (FEHA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA), family, medical and pregnancy disability leave (FMLA, CFRA, PDL), reasonable accommodation and the interactive process, wage and hour law (exempt/nonexempt, employee/independent contractor, meal and rest periods, overtime), reductions in force (WARN), background checks (FCRA), workplace investigations, drug and alcohol issues, progressive discipline, workplace violence, recruiting and retention of executives and employees, and employee terminations. She frequently drafts employee handbooks, agreements (employment, confidentiality, arbitration), injury and illness prevention programs (IIPP), severance agreements, and releases. She has counseled and litigated claims involving mandatory arbitration, non-competition, anti-solicitation, and the protection of company trade secrets. She has trained employees, supervisors, and business owners on how to prevent claims from arising in the workplace and routinely provides mandatory anti-harassment trainings. She has also been involved in numerous stock option disputes and has substantial experience defending companies against Title III (public access) ADA claims.
Ms. Ocheltree represents both large and small employers in matters pertaining to the telecommunications, retail, education, food service, manufacturing, staffing, legal, architecture, financial services, accounting, insurance, recreation, healthcare, engineering, construction and automotive industries. She also has substantial maritime, insurance, and general business litigation experience.
A member of the American Bar Association, Northern California Human Resources Association, and Queen's Bench, Ms. Ocheltree is a 1990 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law and a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles.
Areas of Practice
- Employment Counseling and Advice
- Employment Litigation
- Class Action Litigation
- Restrictive Covenants