Seth Neulight is a dedicated labor and employment attorney with over 20 years of experience serving employers and senior executives. Seth represents clients in disputes before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrations, with an emphasis on complex class actions, multi-plaintiff cases, trade secret theft and related business contract disputes. He provides clients with practical, business-oriented advice on key employment matters such as workforce restructuring, wage and hour compliance, collective bargaining, and labor issues in corporate transactions. Seth serves clients in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, technology, food and beverage, higher education, construction, retail, financial services, and distribution.
I defend employers in complex wage-hour and discrimination class and collective actions. I have served as lead defense counsel in hundreds of single- and multi-plaintiff lawsuits filed in state and federal courts throughout California. I have significant experience with claims of employment discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour violations under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and California laws including the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Labor Code, and Unfair Competition Law (UCL). I help clients navigate through difficult employment issues such as leave obligations, disability accommodation, wage and hour compliance, employment terminations, and layoffs. I provide counsel on labor and employment matters arising from corporate mergers and acquisitions.
I negotiate and prepare executive employment contracts, commission and bonus compensation plans, and confidentiality and invention assignment agreements. I help clients develop personnel policies, guidelines and forms. I regularly speak on employment law compliance and developments, and best practices for workforce management.
My practice also includes traditional labor relations. I help clients respond to union organizing campaigns and provide union avoidance training. I negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and defend clients in grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.
Advances in technology and automation will continue to blur workplace boundaries and require employers to adapt to new challenges in areas such as privacy, data storage and security, and wage and hour compliance. The gig economy is transforming traditional work relationships. Courts and legislatures will have to adjust in grappling with status issues such as independent contractor and joint employment.
SHRM.com (Society of Human Resource Management) | May 08, 2018
San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight is quoted in this article analyzing a California Supreme Court case, Troester v. Starbucks, that could decide whether employers there must pay employees for ‘de minimis’ time—amounts of working time that are hard to track.
Law360 | February 16, 2018
San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight is quoted in this article discussing why employers have an interest in regulating or managing workplace romances, and examining the pitfalls of so-called “love contracts” governing relationships between colleagues.
Bloomberg BNA | October 26, 2017
This feature highlights San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight’s pro bono work with Swords to Plowshares, a nonprofit organization serving veterans in Northern California.
Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) | July 21, 2017
San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight is quoted in this article about San Francisco’s Parity Pay Ordinance, which blocks all employers from asking applicants about their salaries.
SHRM | June 12, 2017
San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight is quoted in this article about summer dress code policies.
Employment Law Alert | 07.31.18
Employment Law Alert | 05.01.18
Immigration Law Alert | 12.20.17
Employment Law Alert | 06.08.17
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DePaul University College of Law, J.D., (Editor, DePaul Law Review)
Northwestern University, B.A.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
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
Seth Neulight was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” from 2011 to 2017 by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine based on a peer-review survey.
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section
Bar Association of San Francisco