Daphne Pierre Bishop has represented companies with California workforces for nearly two decades. Her experience advising and defending small to Fortune 500 companies in all types of industries against the gamut of employment-related claims offers her a unique advantage in assisting companies to prevent, uncover, investigate and resolve employee and institutional misconduct.
Combining her litigation and counseling experience, Bishop’s practice now focuses on conducting and supervising internal investigation services as a neutral third party investigator or a strategic advisor. Bishop's clients trust her to investigate high-profile and high-stakes workplace matters, including "me too" complaints, race complaints, and toxic workplace claims. When conducting investigations, Bishop is discreet and diplomatic in her evaluation and assessment of both employer and employee conduct. Upon the completion of her prompt and thorough investigation, she prepares an independent, unbiased, and comprehensive report of her findings so that companies can make well-informed decisions on how to proceed. Clients rely on Bishop’s extensive litigation experience to ensure that should a claim arise out of an investigation, they are well-positioned to minimize their overall legal risk.
Before focusing on investigations, Bishop defended hundreds of claims of sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination, and other employment-related claims, such as wrongful termination, breach of contract, and whistle-blowing. She has also defended employers in class action lawsuits alleging violations of wage and hour laws, payment of wages, meal and rest breaks, and commission chargebacks. Bishop also has extensive experience working closely with companies to help them avoid litigation, including providing advice on employment issues ranging from discipline to leaves of absence.
Areas of Practice
Workplace Solutions, Advice and Training
Wrongful Termination and Workplace Tort Litigation
Wage and Hour Issues
UCLA School of Law, J.D., 2001
Yale College, B.A., 1997
"Be Consistent in Enforcing Anti-Harassment Policies," HR Pulse, December 2020 Issue
"Tips for Investigating Racial Bias Complaints," Law360 Expert Analysis, September 2020
"The Dos and Don'ts of Internal Investigations for Healthcare Organizations," Compliance Today, Health Care Compliance Association, August 2020
"The Importance of Workplace Investigations in the #MeToo Era," The Recorder, October 2019
"6 Tips for Minimizing Holiday Party Liability," California Employment Law Letter, December 2015
"Non-Signatory Employer Allowed to Enforce Arbitration Agreement," California Employment Law Letter, January 2016
"Adapting Workplace Investigations to Meet the Challenges of the Moment," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, April 2021
"New Challenges – Investigating Racial Discrimination and Harassment Complaints in Today’s Workplace," CDF Webinar Series, September 2020
"How to Effectively Conduct Internal Investigations: A Practical Guide," Co-Presenter, The Knowledge Group, August 2020
"Workplace Investigations Gone Wrong: How to Avoid Common Pitfalls That Expose Employers to Liability," Panelist, CDF Webinar, May 2019
“Workplace Investigations in the #MeToo Era,” Burbank/Glendale Chapter of PHIRA, April 2019
“Work After Weinstein: The #MeToo Movement's Impact on Workplace Investigations Co-Presenter," CDF Webinar Series, March 2018
"DFEH Guidelines: Latest Regulations & Guidance for Employers," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, September 2017
"Special Considerations for Electronic Discovery in Employment Cases," Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter, Los Angeles, November 10, 2010
"Tackling Tough Wage and Hour Issues," Ogletree Deakins Seminar, November 4, 2010
State Bar of California (Labor & Employment Section), 2001 - present
Member, Association of Workplace Investigators, 2018 - present
Listed, Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009, 2011, 2012
Listed, Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California, Rising Star, 2012
Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, 2002 & 2003
Bishop is deeply committed to pro bono and community service. Bishop represents pro bono clients from the military community in adjustment of status proceedings before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. From 2010-2015 Bishop served on the Board of Directors of WISH Charter Community Schools, an independent charter based on a model of inclusion. Through her work with the Alliance for Children's Rights, Bishop has helped unite children in need with legal guardians. Bishop also worked extensively to free a grandmother who had spent more than two decades in prison for the alleged murder-for-hire of her abusive husband through the California Women's Law Center's Habeas Project. Bishop was awarded the Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services in 2002 and 2003.