Pascal Benyamini

Partner

Los Angeles

(310) 203-4050 phone
(310) 229-1285 fax

Pascal Benyamini is a partner in the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group. Pascal’s practice includes defending employers in state and federal courts as well as government proceedings in all aspects of employment law including wage and hour, wrongful termination, retaliation discrimination, harassment, and unlawful employment practices claims.  While he seeks expeditious and cost-effective resolutions to disputes, Pascal is an experienced litigator, including jury and bench trials.

Pascal also regularly counsels employers on claim prevention, investigations, discipline, terminations, compliance, employee classification, and employee handbook issues.  Pascal speaks and writes regularly and provides training to employers and their management teams on a broad range of employment topics, including best practices seminars and anti-sexual harassment training under AB 1825.

In addition to his employment law practice, Pascal represents clients in shareholder, business and ERISA litigation.

Pascal was named a Southern California Super Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law for 2013 and 2014. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state.  In prior years, Pascal was named a Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star in Labor & Employment Law in 2007-2008 and 2010-2012. He was also one of the featured articles for the July 2010 issue of Southern California Rising Stars 2010, titled “Ice Man.”  Click here to read the article.

In General. Pascal earned his J.D. from the University of California at Davis School of Law (King Hall) in 1999. Pascal served as staff editor on Law Review at King Hall. He also served as an extern to Senior Judge Arthur L. Alarcón, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, during his first summer of law school.

Pascal received B.A. degrees, summa cum laude, in Economics and French Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1996, and received his Diplôme D’Études Collégiales (Diploma of Collegial Studies) in 1992 from Marianopolis (CEGEP) College in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Pascal is fluent in French, proficient in Hebrew and conversant in Persian.

Representative Matters

  • Lead attorney in several threatened wage and hour class actions resulting in plaintiffs’ attorneys withdrawing class action claims. Cases resolved prior to litigation with favorable terms for client.
  • Lead attorney in wage and hour class action resulting in a Class Settlement Agreement with favorable terms for client.
  • Lead attorney in multiple wage and hour claims against multiple clients resulting in nuisance value settlement.
  • Lead attorney for large company in gender discrimination and wrongful termination claims. Managed all aspects of the case, including deposition of plaintiff, multiple witness interviews, third party depositions and expert witnesses. The case settled for nominal amounts in mediation.
  • Lead attorney for large company in race discrimination and wrongful termination claims. Moved case to early mediation, presenting convincing evidence that resulted in a settlement for a nominal amount.
  • Lead attorney for mid-sized company and its principals in age discrimination and wrongful termination claims. Following first round of discovery and depositions, resolved case with favorable terms for client.
  • Lead attorney for several small companies and their owners in sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims. Resolved cases in mediation with favorable terms for client.
  • Defended lawsuit for Serious and Willful claim against employer resulting in dismissal of the claim.
  • Assisted employers with Department of Labor investigations of wage and hour practices, resulting in nominal penalties.
  • Lead attorney in multiple wrongful termination claims based on pregnancy and other disabilities filed by several employees against same client. All claims resolved for nuisance value.

Publications

6/19/2014
California HR Newsletter
Key Take-Aways from the "Impact of Mergers & Acquisitions on California Employers" Presentation
1/6/2014
California HR Newsletter
Risk Management: What to Include In A Personnel File
4/12/2012
Labor & Employment Alert
Meal and Rest Breaks: The Brinker Wait is Over
3/1/2012
California CPA
Courts on the Move, Recent Rulings Provide Limited Guidance to the Question: Who's Exempt?
11/1/2011
Inside the Minds
Trends in Discrimination Law and Litigation
4/1/2010
The Report to Plan Sponsor
Exempt vs. Non-Exempt: Have You Properly Classified Your Employees?

Speaking Engagements

4/29/2014
Drinker Biddle Audiocast
Impact of Mergers & Acquisitions on California Employers
1/26/2014
North American Home Furnishings Association, Las Vegas Furniture Market
Hiring the Best Candidate: Do’s and Don’ts in the Interview
12/18/2013
In-House Presentation
Anti-Sexual Harassment Training
9/7/2013
California Political Attorneys Association Annual Conference
Classification of Independent Contractors: Guidelines by the California EDD
7/31/2013
North American Home Furnishings Association, Las Vegas Furniture Market
Social Media in the Workplace
3/26/2013
Los Angeles Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association
Misclassification of Independent Contractors
2/26/2013
Los Angeles Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association
Employee Misclassification: Exempt vs. Non-Exempt
2/12/2013
Pasadena Bar Association
Sex in the Office
12/4/2012
Strafford Publications, Inc.
Drafting Employee Handbooks: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls
10/27/2012
Insurance Educational Association
Social Media in the Workplace
10/27/2012
Insurance Educational Association
Class Action Arbitration Waivers
6/23/2012
Insurance Educational Association
Misclassification of Employees: Exempt vs. Non-Exempt
5/23/2012
Brinker-Webinar
You Can Lead Staff to the Breakroom, but You Can’t Make Them Eat
5/2/2012
CFMA/CFSA
Best Practices Employment Seminar
4/9/2012
Insurance Educational Association
Drafting Employee Handbooks
12/15/2011
Bridgeport Continuing Education
Strategies for Settlement of Individual and Wage & Hour Class Action Cases
10/22/2011
Insurance Educational Association
Anti-Sexual Harassment
10/22/2011
Insurance Educational Association
Workplace Investigations, Discipline and Terminations
10/12/2011
CFMA/CFSA
Anti-Sexual Harassment Training /Best Practice Seminar
10/3/2011
Insurance Educational Association
Leave of Absences
8/6/2011
Insurance Educational Association
Misclassification of Independent Contractors
  • Lead attorney in several threatened wage and hour class actions resulting in plaintiffs’ attorneys withdrawing class action claims. Cases resolved prior to litigation with favorable terms for client.
  • Lead attorney in wage and hour class action resulting in a Class Settlement Agreement with favorable terms for client.
  • Lead attorney in multiple wage and hour claims against multiple clients resulting in nuisance value settlement.
  • Lead attorney for large company in gender discrimination and wrongful termination claims. Managed all aspects of the case, including deposition of plaintiff, multiple witness interviews, third party depositions and expert witnesses. The case settled for nominal amounts in mediation.
  • Lead attorney for large company in race discrimination and wrongful termination claims. Moved case to early mediation, presenting convincing evidence that resulted in a settlement for a nominal amount.
  • Lead attorney for mid-sized company and its principals in age discrimination and wrongful termination claims. Following first round of discovery and depositions, resolved case with favorable terms for client.
  • Lead attorney for several small companies and their owners in sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims. Resolved cases in mediation with favorable terms for client.
  • Defended lawsuit for Serious and Willful claim against employer resulting in dismissal of the claim.
  • Assisted employers with Department of Labor investigations of wage and hour practices, resulting in nominal penalties.
  • Lead attorney in multiple wrongful termination claims based on pregnancy and other disabilities filed by several employees against same client. All claims resolved for nuisance value.