Philip L. Reznik, Senior Counsel
Office: Encino, CA
Admitted to Practice:
Phil has been defending and advising employers for 20 years. He practices in both state and federal court, and before administrative agencies such as the California Labor Commissioner, U.S. Department of Labor, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, where he defends against a wide range of employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, breach of contract and wrongful termination, as well as wage and hour claims for unpaid overtime, meal and rest break penalties, record keeping violations or other violations of state or federal labor law.
Phil also advises and guides employers through the minefield of state and federal labor and employment regulations, helping them achieve and maintain compliance through proper employee classification, compliance with state and federal leave laws, and accommodation of employee disabilities and religious practices.
In his spare time, Phil performs improv comedy at the L.A. Connection Comedy Theater in Burbank, and trains in martial arts and Chinese archery.
Phil has represented and advised both private and public sector employers. Public sector clients include law enforcement, utility, and transportation agencies. Private sector clients range in size from small local businesses to nationwide companies, including hospitals, insurance companies, and hotel chains. Recent positive outcomes for clients include:
- Summary judgment for a municipality against a police officer’s claim of retaliation for assisting with another officer’s discrimination lawsuit;
- Negotiated dismissal of another officer’s claim of failure to reinstate after military leave;
- Dismissal of False Claims Act and Fair Employment and Housing Act claims by psychiatrist claiming non-renewal of hospital contract based on her age and alleged opposition to fraudulent Medicare billing practices;
- Permanent injunctions against a terminated employee and the spouse of another who threatened former supervisors, a supervisor’s family members, and co-workers; and
- Dismissal of wage claim by employee of unlicensed contractor who claimed he was employed by client homeowner.
United States District Courts:
- Central District of California
- Northern District of California
Admitted to Practice: 1999
BA-BS Education/Honors: BA University of Southern California
JD Education/Honors: JD Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Employment Law Section
- Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (“ASCDC”)
- Obtained defense jury verdict for the City of Los Angeles against two former police detectives claiming racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation;
- Obtained early dismissal of former Deputy Chief’s retaliation and defamation claims against Anaheim Police Department via successful “anti-SLAPP” motion;
- Obtained dismissal of administrative complaints of race discrimination filed by a janitorial worker who was terminated for collecting recyclables for personal profit on company time
- Negotiated nuisance value ($2,000) settlement of racial discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against luxury hotel/resort brought by a former massage therapist who was terminated for interpersonal conflicts with co-workers;
- Negotiated dismissal of LAPD officer’s claim of failure to reinstate him to the same position after an extended military leave;
- Obtained dismissal of federal False Claims Act and California Fair Employment and Housing Act claims against hospital by psychiatrist claiming non-renewal of her contract was based on her age and alleged opposition to fraudulent Medicare billing practices;
- Obtained permanent injunctions against one terminated employee and against the spouse of another who threatened former supervisors, a supervisors’ family members, and co-workers;
- Obtained administrative dismissal of wage claim by employee of unlicensed contractor who claimed he was employed by the homeowner who hired the contractor.
- Compliance Matters, “EEOC’s New Pay Data Reporting Requirements Clear . . . as Mud,” March 28, 2019;
- Compliance Matters, “A Cautionary Tale About Alternative Workweek Schedules,” July 9, 2018
- Compliance Matters, “Class Action Lawsuit held to be “Concerted Activity” Subject to NLRB Protection,” June 3, 2014;
- Compliance Matters, “Enforcement Agency Coordination Increases Employer Liability Risk,” April 30, 2014;
- Compliance Matters, “New Overtime Pay Requirements for Domestic Employees” December 2, 2013;
- Compliance Matters, “Minimum Wage Increase Impacts Overtime Exemptions, Work Rules and Agreements” October 3, 2013;
- Compliance Matters, “October 1 Deadline to Furnish all Employees with Written Notice of their Rights under the Affordable Care Act is Rapidly Approaching” September 4, 2013;
- Compliance Matters, “Full Five-Member NLRB Confirmed for the First Time in a Decade” August 13, 2013;
- Compliance Matters, “New EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Use of Criminal Background Checks,” November 14, 2012;
- Compliance Matters, “Expect New Job Bias Claims Over Religious Dress and Grooming Practices” October 2, 2012;
- Compliance Matters, “U.S. Supreme Court Holds Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives are Exempt “Outside Sales” Employees under the FLSA,” July 12 28, 2012;