Kristen L. Williams advises management and human resources professionals regarding all aspects of California employment law, including compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, compliance with discrimination, harassment, and disability laws, disciplining and terminating employees and administering leaves of absence under state and federal laws.
Ms. Williams’s practice focuses on preventing employment claims by providing advice and counsel to employers on how to mitigate lawsuits and administrative charges. Employment claims are often avoided by having well-written and legally compliant policies, handbooks, employment agreements, offer letters, termination procedures, and correspondence regarding leaves of absence. Ms. Williams drafts such documents and also reviews and revises existing documents.
Ms. Williams assists employers in responding to audits from the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and other government agencies regarding worker classification and compensation. Ms. Williams regularly responds to charges of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation from the California Department of Fair Employment of Housing or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Ms. Williams’s practice also includes defending employers in civil actions and pre-litigation disputes. When appropriate, she is skilled at early resolution of claims including through negotiation, mediation, and ultimate settlement. She has also won summary judgment on both single and multiple plaintiff complaints.
Her clients are from a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, hospitality, retail and technology companies (both start-up and established). With more than a decade of experience, she brings her strategic advice and solutions-oriented approach to each client, providing practiced expertise and individualized attention.
Ms. Williams earned her law degree from the University of San Francisco, School of Law in 2004. While there she served as the Executive Editor of the U.S.F. Law Review. Previously, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Political Science in 1999.