Wage And Benefit Litigation
Power dynamics exist in all workplaces. Employees may believe that they must accept the terms of their employer no matter what. Thankfully, the law protects employees’ rights against unfair and unsafe conditions.
Jim Barton is among the architects of Proposition 206, Arizona’s Minimum Wage Law; as such, we have both the background knowledge and experience litigating challenges based on this law, including its interaction with collective bargaining agreements and the application of its requirements that earned paid sick time benefits transfer to successor employers.
Our experienced lawyers at Barton Mendez Soto PLLC represent employees regardless of the circumstances. We frequently hold large, powerful employers accountable for unreasonable or illegal actions that harm employees. We understand that the action – or inaction – of your employer can cause a serious detriment to your life.
Jacqueline Mendez Soto has represented workers facing discrimination and wrongful termination due to age, gender, race, ethnicity and disability. In this capacity, we have faced both public and private employers, before the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and state and federal court.
Jacqueline Mendez Soto assisted in a successful union recognition effort at a local newspaper and has experience with representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). She is a former field examiner charged with investigating unfair labor practices and conducting and overseeing representation elections on behalf of the NLRB.
Our attorneys have assisted in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and form labor organization recognized under section 501(c)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code. We have also assisted labor unions establish separate segregated funds to facilitate their political activity.
Our team provides guidance for employment law issues such as:
- Discrimination and harassment claims
- Wage and hour law claims
- Labor union issues such as representation elections and collective bargaining
- Workplace safety, including OSHA complaints
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) disputes
- Wrongful termination
- Whistleblower claims
We are committed to workers’ rights. Our attorneys have represented hundreds of clients in negotiation, arbitration and trial. Attorney Jim Barton has also promoted policies that serve workers, such as raising Arizona’s minimum wage.
Attorney Jacqueline Mendez Soto formerly served as employment law counsel on the corporate side, which gives her multiple perspectives when advocating on the employees’ side. She also has experience with cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board.