Hillary Baca

Hillary Baca is an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment group. She has experience representing employers in both federal and state court and before administrative agencies. Hillary advises employers on complex employment and traditional labor matters. She works with clients across a broad range of industries, but has particular experience advising employers in the health care industry.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on two areas: I defend clients in employment litigation and I provide advice and counseling to clients with both union-represented and non-union employees on how to best navigate complex labor and employment matters.

Advice and Counseling

I counsel clients on all areas of state and federal employment law, including wage and hour compliance, the limitations on pre-employment background checks, and state and local paid sick leave ordinances. I also advise on workplace investigations, personnel decisions and terminations, disability accommodations and leaves of absence management. I provide tailored advice to employers to help them avoid discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims. I also provide harassment prevention, sensitivity, and wage and hour compliance trainings to management and non-management employees.

Employment Litigation

I defend employers in litigation involving claims of employment discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, harassment and wage and hour violations. I represent employers in both single-plaintiff and class-action matters and before administrative agencies, including the DFEH, EEOC, DOL, and DLSE.

Labor Law

I have experience advising employers on a variety of labor matters. I also represent employers in collective bargaining agreement negotiations, proceedings before the NLRB and PERB, and arbitrations related to contract interpretation and employee terminations. I have particular experience representing both public and private health care employers.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see more states and cities enacting legislation limiting the use of pre-employment background checks. I also see more local legislation creating paid sick leave entitlements for employees. Employers will have to be diligent to ensure compliance with overlapping state and local requirements in both areas of law.


  • “Ready, Set, Comply: Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2019


Hillary Baca


San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8393

Fax: 844-328-6418

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D.

University of California, Berkeley, B.A.


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