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Webinar: The New Standard for Whistleblower Retaliation Claims in California

March 3 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1 Participatory MCLE Credits

This webinar will discuss the significant change in the burden of proof and offer guidance to employment law practitioners based on the recent decision in Lawson v. PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc., No. S266001,___ Cal.5th ___,  2022 WL 244731 (Cal., Jan. 27, 2022).  Wherein the California Supreme Court addressed the “widespread confusion” over the evidentiary standard for retaliation claims bought under California Labor Code section 1102.5.  Here, the Court clarified that whistleblower retaliation claims brought under Labor Code section 1102.5 should not be evaluated under the McDonnell Douglas test, but instead the standard enumerated in Labor Code section 1102.6.  


Speakers: Guillermo A. Escobedo and Beth Wolf Mora


Guillermo A. Escobedo is a principal and office litigation manager of the San Diego, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on training, counseling, and defending companies in workplace-related legal matters.

Guillermo regularly guides employers on best steps for avoiding employment-law claims.
His advice-and-counsel practices include training on harassment prevention, antibullying, and effective management tools; reviewing and revising employee handbooks and other company policies; and conducting workplace investigations.

As a litigator, Guillermo’s practice includes defending claims of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment (gender, race/national origin, disability, religion, and age), retaliation, failure to accommodate, defamation, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and related issues. He also has extensive experience defending wageand- hour claims, including failure to pay overtime wages, off-the-clock work, meal and rest period violations, and misclassification issues.

Guillermo’s practice includes defending employers in single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits, as well as class actions, and claims under the Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”). He has represented clients in California state court, federal court, arbitrations, administrative hearings (EEOC, DFEH, DLSE, and EDD), and mediation.

Guillermo also regularly volunteers at local elementary schools to discuss the importance of higher education and the legal system.

Beth W. Mora of Mora Employment Law is dedicated to representing victimized employees. She is a passionate and accomplished advocate for those facing a wide range of employment law issues. Beth’s commitment to social justice and volunteerism is deeply rooted in her personal values. Due to her advocacy, Beth is often invited to speak, has published numerous articles as well as has been quoted in legal journals, including Bloomberg Law, Daily Journal, and Law 360 on issues impacting employees and the legal community. From the courthouse to the boardroom, Beth is a committed advocate for her clients and community.

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