Mae Hau

Mae Hau is an associate in the Labor and Employment group in the Los Angeles office. Her practice includes counseling and representing employers in all aspects of their labor and employment matters.

What do you focus on?

I work with a number of large and small clients, counseling them on employment agreements, employee handbooks, and confidentiality agreements. I also represent employers in wage and hour class actions, wrongful termination claims, discrimination claims, and workplace safety (OSHA) matters.

Labor and Employment

I represent employers in employment litigation matters involving complex wage and hour class action issues, workplace discrimination, wrongful termination and sexual harassment. I have handled all stages of pretrial litigation, including briefing dispositive motions, managing pretrial discovery, taking and defending depositions and negotiating settlement. In addition to litigation, I represent employers in connection with charges, audits and investigations before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board.

I have appeared in both state and U.S. federal court. My appellate work includes successfully briefing cases in the California Courts of Appeal. In one case, we obtained a published decision establishing that an employer’s refusal to allow an employee to rescind a resignation was not an adverse employment action under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Employment Counseling

My work also includes counseling clients on day-to-day employment law matters such as wage and hour compliance, termination and performance counseling, and personnel policy drafting and review.

What do you see on the horizon?

The gender wage gap discussion has changed significantly in light of California’s Fair Pay Act. Moreover, as equal-pay advocates increasingly push for similar laws across the nation, employers attuned to these issues will have a competitive edge in business and legal arenas.


  • “Employment Issues,” LA BioStart Legal Basics Program, August 2018
  • “The Shifting Legal Protections of Transgender Individuals: From the Gender Nondiscrimination Act to the Trump Administration,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, Los Angeles, January 2018
  • “L&E gets Trumped for 2017: New year, new laws and what to expect from the new presidential administration,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, Los Angeles, January 2017

Arbitration ruling gives DOL a boost to enforce wage laws

Law360 | May 29, 2021

This article, on a recent Ninth Circuit ruling that an arbitration agreement between a business and its employees does not affect a U.S. Department of Labor enforcement lawsuit, quotes Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Mae Hau on the ruling and how it could potentially impact future employment arbitration agreements.


Mae Hau


Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6125

University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall, J.D., Executive Editor, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law

University of California, Berkeley, B.A., High Honors


  • Women in Health Administration of Southern California
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