We defend employers in employment litigation matters in court and administrative agencies.
We counsel employers on how to properly terminate employees. We can help employers with at-will employment policies and agreements, progressive discipline procedures, employment practices liability insurance policy review and selection. We also assist employers by training them on best employment practices. We vigorously defend employers if a former employee has filed suit alleging wrongful termination.
Wage and Hour
We help employers navigate the sometimes byzantine federal, state, and local wage and hour laws, regulations, and ordinances. We vigorously defend employers if an employee has already filed suit alleging wage and hour violations.
PAGA & Class Action
California's Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) imposes Draconian civil penalties for employers that fail to strictly comply with the sometimes byzantine wage and hour laws and regulations. Similarly, class action lawsuits are often the greatest source of legal and financial liability for businesses in California. We vigorously defend employers in PAGA and class action lawsuits.
Retaliation, Harassment, Discrimination, & Whistleblower
We counsel employers on best employment practices, including effective ways to mitigate employee retaliation, harassment, and discrimination claims. We vigorously defend employers against claims of retaliation, harassment, discrimination, and whistleblower claims involving complaints about wage and hour violations, unlawful employment practices, workplace safety violations, sexual harassment, and racial and gender discrimination.
Employers have a duty to provide a safe workplace for employees. In the post COVID-19 era, employers are required to comply with OSHA and CDC guidelines. Moreover, employees are entitled to certain job protected leaves and pay. We counsel employers to navigate the numerous laws and and regulations that address COVID-19.
DLSE & DFEH Claims
We vigorously defend employers in administrative wage and retaliation claims before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. We also vigorously defend employers in harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
We help our employer clients avoid lawsuits. We vigorously advocate on their behalf when lawsuits are unavoidable.
SHAFIEL A. KARIM
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Mr. Karim's practice is almost exclusively dedicated to litigation. Mr. Karim represents clients in various employment law matters ranging from counseling to litigation in court to representation before administrative agencies. Mr. Karim was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2017, 2019, and 2020, an honor reserved for lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California received this distinction in 2017, 2019, and 2020.
Represented employers and employees in wage and hour, wrongful termination, harassment, and retaliation matters in court and administrative agencies
Represented numerous small- and medium-sized businesses in breach of contract disputes
Litigated civil rights and proposed class action lawsuits against airlines, automakers, food manufacturers, governments, grocery stores, and technology companies
Defended health care firm in complex consolidated insurance action
Defended numerous small- and medium-sized businesses in wrongful termination actions
Represented businesses in copyright and trademark/service mark infringement matters
State Bar of California
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Northern District of California
State Bar of Minnesota
District of Columbia Bar
Memberships & Associations
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
Juris Doctor - Southwestern Law School
Master of Business Administration - Claremont Colleges
Master of Arts - California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Arts - California State University, Fullerton
2698 Junipero Avenue
Signal Hill, California 90755
Telephone: (562) 246-5371
Facsimile: (562) 285-9990
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office is closed to the public. However, we are open and working remotely.