Overview

Helene J. Wasserman has spent her entire career practicing exclusively in the area of labor and employment law. She appears before state and federal courts and administrative agencies and handles litigation matters, including trial practice, arbitration and mediation. She has specific experience with claims involving:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Fair Employment and Housing Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The California Family Rights Act
  • California wage and hour laws

Additionally, Helene provides day-to-day counseling and advice on:

  • Hiring
  • Discipline and termination of employees
  • Wage and hour matters
  • Downsizing
  • Workplace violence
  • Compliance with all state and federal employment laws

In addition, she conducts in-house training on a wide array of topics.

An avid podcaster and the host of the EmployerHelpCast, which focuses on topics of interest to employers, Helene is frequently featured and quoted in various publications on subjects ranging from all aspects of employment law to the use of technology in the legal profession. She also presents on various employment law-related topics for professional associations and delivers numerous in-house presentations for clients.

Helene often works with clients and small businesses in the hospitality, staffing, construction and transportation industries.

Helene started her career in employment law in Littler Mendelson's San Francisco office. She also spent time working at a small Los Angeles employment law boutique and a national employment law firm before returning to Littler in 2008. She is currently developing the Littler LA Associate Mentorship program.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Litigation Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Member

Beverly Hills Bar Association

Member

Conference of California Bar Associations

Secretary

Conference of California Bar Associations

Volunteer/Participant

AVON 3-Day walks

Former Chair

Delegation from the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Conference of California Bar Associations

Former Member

Statewide Resolutions Committee

Conference of California Bar Associations

Recognition

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Named, Women Leaders in Law

The Los Angeles Times

2012

Named, Recommended Lawyer

Labor and Employment Disputes in Defense

Legal 500 United States

2016

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2006-2019

News, Analysis & Press

Sexual Harassment Tops Employers' Legal Concerns, Study Finds

Restaurant Business Online

May 4, 2018

Firms See Business Spike on Harassment Fallout

Los Angeles Business Journal

March 16, 2018

Is HQ Trivia the Hot New Distraction at Your HQ?

Talent Daily

January 16, 2018

Governor Proposes Sexual Harassment Agenda, Details Scarce

New York Law Journal

January 2, 2018

#MeToo Movement Brings Busy Times for Labor Lawyers

Bloomberg Big Law Business

December 18, 2017

Bosses, Burnout, and Why Workers Can’t Unplug

Employers Group

October 24, 2017

The Higher They Are, The Harder You Fall

Insight

October 19, 2017

Email – It’s the New Letter

Podcast

July 6, 2017

15 Survival Tips for the Office Holiday Party

Business Insider

November 25, 2016

Incentives for health habits could hurt

Daily Journal

April 3, 2015

A funny thing happened in response to my Craigslist ad

Multihousing Professional

April 15, 2013

How to Handle March Madness in Your Office

The Street

March 29, 2013

Rules Blunt Risk of Office Affairs

Wall Street Journal and Wall Street Journal Blog

February 11, 2013

Manager: Available position offered to younger employee

Verdict Search

May 7, 2012

Holidays can bring employee issues to businesses

The Boston Globe

December 8, 2011

The stork has landed: Employers (and insurers) must provide pregnancy benefits

Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal

October 27, 2011

Video Podcasts: It’s Showtime!

Inc. Technology

June 2008

The Firing Squad: Whether its due to a bad apple or the troubled economy, terminating an employee is something many managers dread. Here’s how to do it with dignity

Pink Magazine

May/June, 2008

Starbucks demands legal clarity as $106M tip loss inspires ‘copycats’

Nation’s Restaurant News

April 14, 2008

Experts Offer Their Keys to Help You Run Up the Corporate Ladder

Mediabistro

March 10, 2008

More States Adopt Workplace Breastfeeding Protections

Workforce Magazine

March 2008

Smile, You’re on the Company Webcam

Inc. Technology

March 2008

All Work, No Play

Los Angeles Daily Journal

February 26, 2008

Does Cupid Have Your Employees In His Sights?

California Executive

February 7, 2008

Employers Given the Green Light to Screen Out Medical Pot Users

California Executive

January 29, 2008

Getting the Weight Off: Employers can choose from a variety of programs to help workers lose weight, but results remain elusive

HR magazine

January 2008

Celebrate Now, Without Litigating Later

Bloomberg Law Reports, Labor and Employment

December 17, 2007

Blind Access

Inside Counsel

December 2007

Q&A With Helene Wasserman

Law360.com

October 31, 2007

Launching Pod

Los Angeles Business Journal

October 22, 2007

Exercise Smarts When Battling Obesity in the Workplace

California Executive

October 1, 2007

New Harassment Training Rules Take Hold In California

Law360.com

August 20, 2007

Finding What Clicks: More Attorneys Meet Clients Online

Los Angeles Daily Journal

August 16, 2007

Speaking Engagements

Sexual Harassment 2.0: Considering New Workplace Solutions for an Old Problem

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 2, 2018

How HR Can Regain the Trust of Employees in This #MeToo Era

WorkHuman 2018, Austin

April 4, 2018

Times Up on Sexual Harassment

Public Media Business Association webinar

February 21, 2018

Become a Human Lie Detector: Tactics for Assessing Employee Truthfulness

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 12, 2017
Southern California Breakfast Briefing - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

January 10, 2017

Become a Human Lie Detector: Tactics for Assessing Employee Truthfulness

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016

Leadership In The Legal Profession

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, CA

November 12, 2013

Exacerbating the Exasperating: Untangling the Ever-Changing Leaves of Absence Web

HR.com Webinar

August 1, 2013
Horses, Tattoos and Guns… Accommodation Issues and Solutions for Today’s Workplace

Irvine, CALos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

July 31, 2013

Top Five Mistakes Small Businesses Should Avoid

San Fernando Valley Dental Association

July 17, 2013

They’re Not Our Employees. Really! Legal Compliance in the Age of the Contingent Workforce

Ventura County Chapter - American Payroll Association

July 11, 2013

Top Five Mistakes Small Businesses Need to Avoid

California Dental Association, Los Angeles, CA

April 18, 2013

Exacerbating the Exasperating: Untangling the Leave of Absence Web

HR Star Conference, Los Angeles, CA

March 20, 2013

Dealing with Performance Issues and Misconduct: The Road to Discipline and Termination

EEOC Training Institute - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Oxnard, CA

November 8, 2012

Essential Employment Law Issues

Continuing Education of the Bar

November 2, 2012

California’s Definition of Disability and What that Means to You

Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

September 13, 2012

Background Checks 2012: Can Employers Still Investigate their Employees & Applicants?

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012
Are the Economic Blues Putting your Business in the RED: How to Recognize, Address, and Accommodate Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CAIrvine, CA

March 13, 2012

There's An App for That: The Latest in Law Practice Applications for iPad and Other Tablets

32nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium - Los Angeles County Bar Association

March 7, 2012

Workplace CSI – Conducting Workplace Investigations

HR Star Conference, Los Angeles, CA

February 29, 2012
2012 Southern California Legal Update

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

January 18, 2012

Drilling Down to the Root of Employment Law Matters

San Fernando Valley Dental Association

October 2011

Family Responsibilities Discrimination in a Changing Workplace

California Continuing Education of the Bar

April 2011

Workplace Investigations

HR Star Conference

March 30, 2011
Essential Employment Law Issues for California Businesses

Los Angeles, CA

November 21, 2009

Education

  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1984

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California