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  Melissa M. Whitehead
Direct Dial: 916.472.3306
Fax: 916.472.3329
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Melissa Whitehead is a partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Sacramento office. Ms. Whitehead has successfully litigated numerous cases in California's state and federal courts and various administrative agencies, in a wide variety of general liability and employment matters, including wrongful termination, wage and hour, FEHA claims, and EEOC claims. Additionally, she advises and counsels employers concerning their workplace policies, practices, and personnel decisions. Ms. Whitehead regularly assists employers in all aspects of their employment relationship with their employees, including recruiting and hiring; employment agreements and compensation plans; protection of trade secrets; wage and hour laws; independent contractor status; performance standards and disciplinary actions; privacy; leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations; preventing discrimination, harassment and retaliation; preventing and responding to theft and embezzlement; reductions in force, terminations, and layoffs; and compliance with other state and federal employment laws. She also regularly defends employers against employment claims for breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, unfair business practices, violation of wage and hour laws, as well as numerous other tort and statutory employment law causes of action.

Ms. Whitehead has extensive experience litigating class actions. Her substantive areas of expertise include California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Title VII, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the California Labor Code.

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