Labor and Employment Law

Ca. Labor & Emp't Rev. November 2014, Volume 28, No. 6



Chaya Mandelbaum is a Partner at Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP, where he represents employees in individual and class action litigation and negotiations across the spectrum of employment law. He has extensive experience in wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and leave of absence matters. Mr. Mandelbaum also serves as Chair of the California Fair Employment and Housing Council. He was appointed to the position by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. The Council promulgates regulations related to employment, housing, and public accommodation discrimination and hate violence. It also holds hearings on civil rights issues confronting the state.

Before joining Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, Mr. Mandelbaum was a Senior Litigation Counsel at Sanford Heisler, LLP. At Sanford Heisler, he represented employees in class actions involving wage and hour, discrimination, and other civil rights claims. Previously, Mr. Mandelbaum was a Trial Attorney in the Office of the Solicitor for the United States Department of Labor. In that capacity, he successfully represented the Secretary of Labor in numerous significant enforcement actions, including a multi-million dollar wage and penalty recovery based on violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. He obtained successful results in both jury and bench trials during his tenure. As a result, Mr. Mandelbaum was a recipient of the 2011 Federal Executive Board’s Distinguished Federal Service Award and the 2011 Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award. Prior to his tenure at the Department of Labor, Mr. Mandelbaum was an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Mr. Mandelbaum is a graduate, cum laude, of the University of Michigan Law School. He received his undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego.

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