With a practice emphasis on single plaintiff and class action labor and employment litigation for management, Jeremy T. Naftel helps employers prevail in complex claims of discrimination and harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour and Private Attorney General Act of 2004 (PAGA) litigation. He has an impressive record of success at state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Naftel’s representation of national employers with California workforces includes upholding a summary judgment dismissal before the Supreme Court of California of a wrongful termination claim for a financial institution, and a recent victory when he thwarted class certification of 20,000 employees claiming various off-the clock violations.
His facility with large-scale and sophisticated litigation and employee claims has given him valuable strategic insight into best practices for employers and management to adopt to prevent future claims. Naftel works closely with clients to offer industry-specific and California-law compliant management training and as-needed advice and counseling.
Naftel also speaks frequently to other attorneys on the best practices for defending wage and hour class action litigation and PAGA claims. He is co-author of a 110- page book, Employer’s Survival Guide for the Hospitality Industry. The book is designed to help managers in the restaurant and hospitality industry handle everyday personnel related issues.
Areas of Practice
Wage and Hour Issues
Workplace Solutions, Advice and Training
Wrongful Termination and Workplace Tort Litigation
University of Southern California Law Center, J.D., 1996
Pomona College, B.A., History, 1993
The Employer Survival Guide for the Hospitality Industry, Co-author with Mark Spring, 2003
Kulshrestha v. First Union Commercial Corp., 33 Cal. 4th 601 (2004)
English v. IKON Business Solutions, Inc., 94 Cal.App.4th 130 (2001)
“Class and Representative Action Issues Facing the Security Industry in California,” National Association of Security Companies - NASCO Legal Forum, February 2017
“Status of California Class Action Lawsuits “ CALSAGA Annual Conference, October 2016
“Employment Law Practice: Year in Review,” CEB, January 2016
“How California Employers Can Protect Themselves from the Coming Wave of PAGA Litigation: Not a Joking Matter,” CDF Webinar Series, April 2015
“Employment Law Trends,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation's Annual CLE Conference, Chicago, April 2013
“Wage & Hour Class Actions and PAGA,” Sacramento County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, February 2012
“New Labor and Employment Law Developments for 2012,” Davis Chamber of Commerce, February 2012
“ACI's 13th Annual National Forum on Wage and Hour Claims and Class Actions,” co-presenter, American Conference Institute, September 2012
Listed, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2018
Sacramento County Bar Association
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
- Sacramento Office Managing Partner, 2008 - present