Labor and Employment Law

Ca. Labor & Emp't Rev. July 2017, Volume 31 No. 4

Message From the Chair

By Bryan Schwartz

Bryan Schwartz is the Chair of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He also serves on the boards of the California Employment Lawyers Association, Legal Aid at Work, and the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (FAIR). His Oakland-based firm ( represents employees in individual, class, and multi-plaintiff actions prosecuting discrimination, whistleblower, wage and hour, and other workers’ rights claims in federal and state court and a variety of administrative venues.

Confronting the Challenges and Embracing the Opportunities of a Diverse Bar

It is an honor to serve as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Bar. When people ask me what I do, though, I do not usually say that I am a labor and employment lawyer. I say that I am a civil rights lawyer. It is why I came into this business. I came here to enforce protections that will foster a diverse and inclusive society. Promoting diverse workplaces, in my view, gives us the best chance of real social change—if everyone is working together, advancing and earning equally, then we can break cycles of bias and poverty.

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