Employment Disputes/Defamation & Discrimination

Our Comprehensive Approach to Employment Disputes

At Lucas & Haverkamp, we represent both businesses and individuals involved in employment disputes. This versatile approach allows us to truly understand the issues that concern both employers and their employees. Because we do not restrict ourselves to one side of the employment law arena, we routinely assist our clients in achieving compromises that serve both corporate interests and personal goals.We guide our clients through claims including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, defamation, and executive compensation and bonuses.

Discrimination/Wrongful Termination

Employment discrimination matters often involve both state and federal law. As a result, cases that involve employer discrimination are usually complex matters that require special skill and knowledge. At Lucas & Haverkamp, we help employers and employees navigate these complicated issues. We assist clients dealing with a wide range of discrimination claims, including gender, age, race, pregnancy, disability, religion, and sexual orientation.

For Employers

If you have employees, you will likely encounter a discrimination claim at some point during the lifetime of your business. Whether you have one employee or 100, an employment discrimination lawsuit can interfere with your ability to run your business.

For Employees

You count on your employer to provide you with a safe place to work. When employers engage in discriminatory conduct, however, that environment quickly becomes hostile and oppressive. In most cases, victims of employment discrimination become depressed and anxious. They worry about their ability to continue working. Some are wrongfully terminated, leading to real economic hardship. We help employees recover damages for lost wages, benefits, and emotional distress.


In the employment context, defamation refers to an employer, supervisor, or member of management spreading false information about an employee. In a workplace environment, rumors can quickly swirl through the office, factory, or any space where employees congregate. Negative gossip regarding a person’s job performance or personal life can cost them dearly, resulting in lost job opportunities, anxiety, and lack of promotion offers.
In California, defamation is broken down into two categories: libel and slander. Libel refers to written falsehoods, whereas slander encompasses verbal communication. Common examples of libel include false performance reports and fabricated disciplinary records. Employers can run afoul of slander laws when they make false statements to other companies about a former employee’s job performance.

For Employers

Most employment law firms have a one-sided practice in which they represent solely employers or workers. At Lucas & Haverkamp, we do not restrict ourselves to one side. Instead, we accept cases based on their merits. Our business clients appreciate this well-rounded approach, as it helps us identify the issues that are important to both parties. California law provides employers with broad defenses to defamation, including truth, opinion, employee consent, and privilege.

For Employees

At Lucas & Haverkamp, we also represent people who have been treated unfairly by current and former employers. We believe that everyone deserves the right to pursue a profitable, enjoyable career without malicious interference from management. If you believe your employer has spread lies about you or your work, we can help. In addition to obtaining injunctions that force employers to stop disseminating misinformation, we also pursue fair compensation for the personal and professional harm endured by the individuals we represent.

California Employment Lawyers

At Lucas & Haverkamp, we stand for honesty and fairness. We incorporate these qualities into everything we do. Our employment law practice is multifaceted – and with good reason. By representing both employers and employees, we bring twice the knowledge and experience to the serious issues that challenge business owners and the people they employ. Contact us today at (858) 535-4000 to discuss your case.

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