Pascal Benyamini defends 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, anti-sexual harassment training under AB 1825 and anti-bullying under AB 2053.
In addition to his employment law practice, Pascal represents clients in regulatory matters in the furniture industry, such as TB 117-2013 and SB 1019. Pascal also litigates shareholder disputes and business disputes.
Pascal 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 is fluent in French, proficient in Hebrew and conversant in Persian.
Pascal’s representative matters include the following:
- Lead attorney in several threatened wage and hour class actions resulting in plaintiffs’ attorneys withdrawing class action claims, and the cases resolving prior to litigation with favorable terms for clients.
- Lead attorney in wage and hour class actions and individual claims resulting in settlements with favorable terms for clients.
- Lead attorney in gender discrimination and wrongful termination claims resulting in case being settled for nominal amounts within days of trial.
- Lead attorney 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 in age discrimination and wrongful termination claims. Following first round of discovery and depositions, resolved case with favorable terms for client.
- Lead attorney in sexual harassment claims, including same sex sexual harassment, against companies and their management. Resolved cases with favorable terms for client outside of mediation.
- Defended lawsuits by employees against their employers under Labor Code Section 132a and for Serious and Willful resulting in dismissal of the claims.
- Represented employers with Department of Labor investigations of wage and hour practices, resulting in nominal penalties.
- Represented employers with EEOC and DFEH investigations with no charges filed by either agency.
- Lead attorney in multiple wrongful termination claims based on pregnancy and other disabilities filed. All claims resolved for nuisance value.
A profile of Pascal, titled “Ice Man,” was a featured article in the July 2010 edition of Southern California Rising Stars.
- University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., 1999
- University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Economics, 1996, summa cum laude
- University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., French Studies, 1996, summa cum laude
- Marianopolis College, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Diploma of Collegial Studies, 1992
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA)
- California Furniture Manufacturing Association (CFMA), Board of Directors (October 2009–Present)
- North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA)
- National Tooling and Machining Association, Los Angeles Chapter, Member of Board of Directors (July 2015–Present)
- University of California at Davis School of Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors (2006–2009)