Managing retail employees grows more complex every year, and Payne & Fears LLP is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal solutions to support retail businesses at every level, including home goods and specialty stores, grocery stores, department stores, pharmacies, clothing stores, and Fortune 500 corporations.

By leveraging our wealth of experience and knowledge in retail industry employment issues, we are able to handle complex workplace issues, multi-state litigation, and successfully defend the full range of employment-related cases, from single-plaintiff claims to complex class actions filed on behalf of thousands of employees.

Our team routinely represents retail companies on the following legal issues:

  • Discrimination claims (all protected categories)
  • Sexual and other harassment
  • Wrongful termination claims
  • Wage-and-hour violations (including claims of unpaid overtime, meal and rest break violations, misclassification, unlawful deductions, off-the-clock, and all Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and California Labor Code claims)
  • Whistleblower claims
  • Qui tam and Sarbanes-Oxley claims
  • Breach of contract / covenant claims
  • Unfair competition claims
  • Defamation and other employment-related tort claims
  • Class action lawsuits
  • Employee benefit plans (including claims of long-term disability, pension, 401(k), medical and life benefits)
  • Claims brought in federal court under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Single plaintiff and class action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related accessibility claims for retail clients
  • Investigations and compliance review related to accessibility standards and other regulations

Despite the fact that many of our cases are resolved by dispositive motions, early resolution, or mediation, we are skilled trial attorneys equipped to take employment cases of every size and type to trial or arbitration.

We also recognize ongoing prevention training is essential. We offer practical training, tailored to the retail employee base, to help managers identify and navigate potential landmines. Our courses cover a wide variety of topics and platforms:

  • Wage-and-hour compliance for retail employers
  • Defending FLSA/state claim hybrid actions
  • Final pay, minimum wage, vacation pay and travel pay
  • Suitable seating requirements under the California Labor Code
  • California employment law essentials for retail employers headquartered outside of California
  • Sexual harassment prevention training

We understand the challenges retail employers face in today’s market and we have the experience to meet those needs from every perspective.

Representative Retail Clients:

  • Albertsons
  • Safeway
  • Vons
  • Kohl's
  • Serena & Lily
  • Wal-Mart Stores