California Labor and Employment Law Section Survey: We Are Only Mostly Satisfied
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, the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (FAIR). His Oakland-based firm (www.BryanSchwartzLaw.com) 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.
After reviewing nearly 30 surveys of lawyer satisfaction over dozens of years, and accumulating data from more than 40,000 attorneys, one legal scholar concluded that surveyed attorneys across practice areas nationwide place attorneys’ job satisfaction at 78.8%.1 California labor and employment law attorneys are even more satisfied, according to an August 2016 survey of Labor and Employment Law Section members, with 506 respondents, which we believe is the largest study of labor and employment lawyers ever conducted.