KARL GERBER, born Westwood, California, October 25, 1969; admitted to California bar, 1993, California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1994, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California; 1995, U.S. District Court Southern District, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; State Bar of Texas 2010, District of Columbia Bar 2010, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers 2010.
California State University, Northridge (B.A. 1990); Southwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1993).
Principal, Employment Lawyer’s Group (2008-Present) 3-4 Staff Attorneys in California, 3-9 Of-Counsel Attorneys in California & Elsewhere, Nationwide, Pro Hac Basis & Plaintiff Employment Law Expert Witness Services With 8-85 Law Firms (2008-2011), Co-Counsel Office Massachusetts (2010-Present); Founder & Managing Partner, Danz & Gerber (1994-2008), Statewide Leader in Employee Lawsuits, Multiple Office Operation, 6-12+ Attorneys Throughout California, Appellate, Law & Motion, Trial Work, Brief Editor; Law Offices of Karl Gerber (1993-1994). During Career, Handled Over 1,780 Separate Superior Court, Federal District Court, and Arbitrations in California & Multiple Appeals. Significantly More than 5,000 Clients Represented Through Class Actions, Collective Actions, and PAGA actions.
Novels: Modem Stud (2014); Does This Make My Butt Look Big? (2007); Angelenos Ain’t Lizards aka Legend of the Lizard People (2006); Radio: Karl Gerber, Workplace Lawyer Show KABC790 One Hour of Scripted Weekly Comedy and Occasional Guest Interviews (2018-Present); Short Stories: Hallway (1989); Eggie (1990); Odd Client (1994); Dullard (1995); Red Pants and Allergy Pills (1990, 2000).
“Self Critical Analysis Documents & After Acquired Evidence” Consumer Attorneys of California, 1997; “Self Critical Analysis Documents are Discoverable,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 12, 1997; “Permanent Responsibility,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 16, 1999; “Working Moms Have Legal Rights,” Wetset Gazette, Fall 2000; “Federal and State Discrimination Law are Diverging,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 7, 2003; “The Late 2003 Amendment to Labor Code Sections 1102.5 and 1106 are Salutary,” Matthew Bender California Labor and Employment Bulletin, August 2004; "Labor Code Sections 2699 & 2699.3 Traps for the Weary & Burden to All," San Fernando Valley Bar Notes, February 2005; Internet Content Writer of More Than 400 Web Published Articles on Labor Law Including “California Employees Are Paid to For Sleeping” (2011), a NOLO Publication
Pinedo v. Premium Tobacco, 85 Cal.App.4th 774, 102 Cal.Rptr.2d 435 (2000); Boonyarit v. Payless Shoesource, Inc., 145 Cal.App.4th 1188 (2006); Young v. Exon, 167 Cal.App.4th 1467 (2008); Sparks v. Vista del Mar Child and Family Services, 207 Cal.App.4th 1511 (2012); Alamo v. Practice Management, 219 Cal.App.4th 466 (2013); Vasquez v. Franklin Management, 212 Cal.App.4th 819 (2013)
State Bar of California (Member, Labor Section); California Employment Lawyer’s Association; Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club
2010, 2011, 2012 Superlawyer (only 5% of the bar is so voted); Dean’s List During College 5 out of 8 Semesters; Unfair Competition Book Award 1992.
Channel 17 Bakersfield, Channel 29 Bakersfield, Daily Journal, Fortune, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Recorder, Sacramento Bee, Shrm, Volture, and the Wall Street Journal
Labor and Employment Law; Wrongful Termination; Employment Discrimination; Sexual Harassment; Breach of Contract; Wage Disputes Including Class Actions.
36th Annual Consumer Attorneys of California Convention (MCLE Provider), November 16, 1997; Leftjaw, Labor Code Section 2699 (MCLE Provider), Fall of 2005; Lorman Group, Prevailing Wage Law in California, September 10, 2014 in Bakersfield (MCLE Faculty). Karl Gerber, Workplace Lawyer Weekly Radio Show Heard on KABC790, April 22, 2018 to Present.
46/48 wins for all binding arbitration and jury trials first-chaired
California – 2000
Armenia and Turkish
Danz & Gerber – 2006 – 2008
Employment Lawyers Group – Present
Ann Guleser of the Employment Lawyers Group won on appeal before Division 8 of the 2nd Appellate District on Vasquez v. Franklin Management. This case was an appeal of a sustained demurrer on whether it was intolerable for a $10.00 an hour employee to quit because his employer refused to reimburse him for unpaid mileage that had the effect of bringing his hourly wage down below minimum wage. During the argument of the case in front of the court of appeal, the court commented that failing to pay mileage reimbursements to a $10.00 hour employee was, “Terrible.” The court wanted the other side to explain why the situation was not intolerable. The court argued that the Plaintiff quit over not receiving reimbursements. The other justices chimed in to say, “Exactly, that is why it was intolerable. He quit.” The court believed that it was intolerable under these facts whereby a lack of reimbursements brought the average hourly wage below minimum wage. The court stated that if this involved an executive maybe not, but this was not an executive.
Accordingly, California Labor Code Section 2802 regarding employee reimbursements qualifying as a public policy justifying wrongful termination or constructive wrongful termination (being forced to quit).
Ann Guleser also won the appeal on Dominguez v. Washington Mutual Bank (2008) 168 Cal.App.4th 714, 720–721, wherein the court held that Plaintiff’s DFEH complaint was timely under an equitable exception to the one-year deadline known as the continuing violation doctrine because the conduct was similar in kind to the conduct that fell outside the limitations period, it was reasonably frequent, and it had not yet acquired a degree of permanence. Dominguez at 720–721, CACI 2508.
California State Bar and San Diego County Bar Association
J.D. California Western School of Law, San Diego California
B.A. University of California at San Diego
Brett M. Gunther has represented employees for several years. His work included a major class action trial in San Diego Superior Court against Apple on behalf of their retail employees. He enjoys playing the guitar and reading fiction. He is a Dodgers and Padres fan.
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