Moss & Hough Attorneys at Law

Moss & Hough Attorneys at Law

Representing Individual Employees against Institutions In the San Francisco Bay Area

Firm Overview

Welcome To The AV Rated Law Offices Of Moss & Hough

We are a premier legal partnership serving the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond since 1986. Gary E. Moss and Mary Patricia Hough, the firm's founding partners, are committed to maintaining the integrity and public trust of the legal profession through ethical and supportive practice conduct.

With a full staff of attorneys, legal assistants and administrative specialists, and more than 50 collective years of litigation experience, Moss & Hough have become the local specialists representing individuals against institutions in three primary areas:

Labor & Employment Wrongful Termination
Wrongful Termination
Employment Discrimination
Harassment & Retaliation
Wage & Hour Violations
Severances & Employment Documents

Civil Litigation
Business litigation & transactions
Medical malpractice
Personal Injury

Class Action
Unpaid Overtime
Misclassification As Exempt
Missed Meal & Rest Breaks
IT Exemptions
Main Office
1388 Sutter Street
Suite 1210
San Francisco  CA  94109
  • (415) 399-1110
  • (415) 399-1552


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, free initial consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Janet Sahagun
Emergency After Hours
Representing Individual Employees against Institutions In the San Francisco Bay Area
Labor & Employment Wrongful Termination Law
Wrongful Termination

In California, employment is presumed to be at-will meaning that an employer can fire an employee at any time for any reason. However, the courts and the legislature have made significant exceptions to the at-will rule. Many statutes protect employees from demotion and termination including:

Discrimination laws protecting employees from employment decisions based on race, age, sexual orientation, gender, religion and disability to name a few.

Filing workers compensation claims or labor commission claims

Complaints about workplace safety or disclosing illegal acts of an employer to a governmental agency

Taking medical leave or for family care

Protesting an employer's unlawful practices including wages, safety, and discipline

Employment Discrimination

There are two types of discrimination. Disparate treatment is when a member of a protected class of employees is treated differently and less favorably by an employer in terms of compensation, conditions or privileges of employment than non-class members. Disparate impact is where a disproportionate number of employees of a certain class do not enjoy the same benefits, privileges and opportunities as non-class members. Again, members of protected classes can bring these claims.

Statutes prohibit harassment based on a protected class. Harassment is defined as verbal, physical, or visual conduct that is unwanted and is either severe or pervasive. Harassment has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work environment by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive workplace.

Retaliation occurs when an employee engages in a protected activity and then suffers an adverse employment action because of it. Protected activities include complaints to employers about health, safety, discrimination, harassment, failure to pay wages at the proper rate and almost any other statutorily protected right of a worker.
Wage and Hour Violations

There are several types of Labor Code violations that employer's frequently abuse. They include: misclassification of employees as exempt from overtime; requiring employees to work off the clock; missed meal and rest breaks; unreimbursed business expenses; failure to pay out vacation time on termination and related conduct.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Employment law changes daily and is, therefore, interesting and "cutting-edge."

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

The more informed, the better the client.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes, we actually request our clients to prepare a timeline with supporting documents as part of our intake process.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

It depends on the case and the client.

Mary Patricia Hough

I have been a lawyer for over 20 years in my own private practice. Before being a lawyer, I had a career in social services working with youth, drug abuse prevention and mental health.

I worked in social work before practicing law. This background led me into representing workers who are treated unfairly.

Direct and effective communication with a good dose of compassion.

Personal interests:

My personal interests include caring for my two teenage sons, cooking and travel.

Mary Patricia Hough

b. Harrisburg, PA, 11.21.1951, admitted to bar 1982, California & U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

Western College for Women (B.A. 1973)
Duquesne University School of Law
Golden Gate University (J.D. 1982)


AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell*
Trial Court Coordination Program Representative 1991
Bar Association of San Francisco, State Bar of California
California Women Lawyers Association
Queen's Bench, 1990-Present
President, 1996
Board of Directors, 1994-1999
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
Board of Directors, 1994-1999
Chair, Complaint Bank Committee, 1998
Lawyers Club
Rutter Group Faculty
McFetridge Inns of Court, 1998-2000
Board Member of the statewide Kaiser Oversight Committee, which is dedicated to keeping the mandatory arbitration of claims against Kaiser Permanente Hospitals a fair and neutral process, 2001-2009

Practice Areas:

Civil Litigation, Labor & Employment Discrimination, Personal Injury

*AV Rated is the highest rating a law firm can achieve through the national rating service of Martindale-Hubbell

  • Bar Number: 104542
    California , 1982
  • Golden Gate University
    J.D. , 1982
    San Francisco, CA
  • Western College for Women
    B.A. , 1973
    Oxford, OH

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