As the chair of CDF’s Healthcare Practice Group, Dawn M. Irizarry has substantial experience representing employers throughout the healthcare industry, including hospitals, medical technology companies, physician groups, and urgent care centers. Her experience includes providing daily advice to hospitals and medical groups on how to stay in compliance with California’s complex employment laws, as well as defending employment litigation in court as well as in arbitration and before administrative agencies. With the fluctuating state of healthcare in America today, Dawn remains current on applicable laws, court decisions and emerging legal trends affecting her clients.
She also has experience representing clients in the retail and gig economy as they face uncertainty in wage and hour and classification lawsuits in the state. Her employment law experience extends to assisting management in all phases of civil litigation involving claims of sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, defamation, failure to accommodate and other employment-related disputes before federal and state courts, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state civil rights enforcement agencies, as well as through private mediation and binding arbitration. Irizarry has also represented a number of financial institutions before the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In addition, she regularly counsels employers regarding personnel policies, employee discipline and terminations, employment contracts, pregnancy and other medial leaves of absence, separation agreements, employee benefits issues and internal employee complaints.
Irizarry has served as a guest speaker for large and small groups of employers and lectured on updates in employment law, the importance of drafting and maintaining employee handbooks, and how to stop sexual harassment before it begins.contact me