The Sampath Law Firm

The Sampath Law Firm (SLF) specializes in employment law and REPRESENTING EMPLOYEES. We are "Your Path to Justice".

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Firm Overview

The Sampath Law Firm is committed to representing honest, dedicated employees who have been wronged and who seek to vindicate their legal rights. We understand that making the decision to speak with a lawyer is a very personal choice, and can often feel intimidating. By choosing The Sampath Law Firm, you have started on your path to justice.

Supreeta Sampath, Principal of The Sampath Law Firm, brings her strengths as a tenacious litigator and passionate social justice advocate, to fight for you. SLF's legal team will work tirelessly on your behalf and is equally mindful of the importance of cost-effective and efficient service. At The Sampath Law Firm you will receive personalized, skilled, and relentless representation throughout the litigation process.

We look forward to serving you.
Main Office

Main Office
351 California St.
Suite 700
San Francisco  CA  94104

Phone
  • 415-231-5855
Employment
The Sampath Law Firm (SLF) specializes in employment law and representing employees. We are "Your Path to Justice".
EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

What we do for a living often defines who we are. A substantial part of our lives is spent at work, working tirelessly to get the job done. Too often, victims of employment discrimination think they should just put up with the unfair treatment and hope that things get better. But suffering in silence does not make the wrongful conduct go away. SLF can help you stand up for your rights.

Discrimination in the workplace is illegal. You may hold your employer responsible for violating your rights if your employer has harassed you, discriminated and/or retaliated against you on the basis of your:

Race
Gender
National origin
Disability
Perceived disability
Record of a disability
Age
Religion
Sexual orientation

These are all protected categories under the federal statute, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
The attorneys at The Sampath Law Firm are dedicated to advancing workers' rights and fighting discrimination in the workplace. If you believe that you have been treated differently because you are part of a protected category as listed above, contact our office to see if you have a potential case.
Sexual Harassment
The Sampath Law Firm (SLF) specializes in employment law and representing employees. We are "Your Path to Justice".
SEXUAL HARASSMENT & GENDER DISCRIMINATION

Advancement for women in the workplace has come a long way, but employment conditions are still far from being truly equal. Even when female workers have achieved the proper education and credentials, they are many times still not considered as qualified as their male counterparts with either equal or less credentials and get paid significantly less.

The glass ceiling may be chipping, but it is far from being broken. The Sampath Law Firm is committed to shattering that glass and helping you advance justice in the workplace.

What Is Gender Discrimination?

There are many ways gender discrimination can manifest itself in the workplace. The key is to show that you are being treated differently because of your gender or characteristics associated with masculinity or femininity. Examples of gender discrimination include but are not limited to:

* Different rates of pay for men and women doing the same work
* Denial of benefits to husbands and families of female employees where the same employees are available to wives and families of male employees
* Appearance standards that impose more stringent *requirements on employees of one sex than on employees of the other sex
* Termination of a female employee who becomes pregnant (Pregnancy Discrimination)
* Better opportunities for promotion or training given to men but not female staff

If you believe you have been discriminated against based on your gender and that your rights have been violated by your employer, The Sampath Law Firm will work tirelessly to get you the justice you deserve. Contact our office to see if you have a potential case.
Wrongful Termination
The Sampath Law Firm (SLF) is a law firm that specializes in employment law. We are "You Path to Justice"
WRONGFUL TERMINATION

In California, employment is considered to be "at will", meaning that employers are free to terminate an employee for any reason (for good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all), except an illegal reason.

Some illegal termination reasons include those based on: race, gender, national origin, disability, perceived disability, record of a disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, taking a protected leave such as under FMLA or CFRA and/or in retaliation for complaining about discrimination and harassment. It is also illegal for an employer to terminate an employee for whistle blowing or for filing a wage claim with the Labor Commissioner.

It can be difficult to know whether your employer has terminated you for legitimate reasons or for illegal ones. Based on our extensive experience litigating such matters, we can advise you regarding whether your termination was unlawful and help you decide if you should bring a lawsuit against your former employer. Contact our office for more information and to see if you have a potential case.

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

Ms. Sampath's interest in representing workers began fifteen years ago as a law student working in San Francisco's Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center as a law clerk. There, she saw first hand how excellent attorneys could meaningfully help people during a very vulnerable time in their lives. As a lawyer, Ms. Sampath decided to focus her litagation career in this dynamic and difficult area of the law so that she could continue helping honest employees who have been wronged.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Ms. Sampath has dedicated her practice to representing workers exclusively. Employment law is a complex, dynamic and constantly growing field of law - especially in the state of California. It is important that if you have an employment issue that you seek counsel from an attorney who is well versed in the field. This is what you will find at SLF.

Ms. Sampath has a proven track record of success as an employment attorney and has spoken on many panels regarding cutting edge issues in the field. She is a leader in the plaintiff's-bar and has served as a mentor to many young lawyers seeking careers in the field.

Supreeta Sampath

For nearly a decade, Ms. Sampath's practice has focused on employee-side labor and employment law. Through her years of litigation she has gained the reputation for being a scrupulous and fierce advocate. In recognition of her professional achievements, Ms. Sampath was selected, in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Los Angeles Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in the field of Labor and Employment through a rigorous peer review selection process.

Currently, Ms. Sampath serves on the board of The California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), the premier organization in California of employee rights advocates.

On August 23, 2013, in Salinda v. DIRECTV LLC (BC 475499; Los Angeles Superior Court) Ms. Sampath, along with her co-counsel Bernard Alexander, obtained a $1,178,000 jury verdict in a disability discrimination and failure to accommodate case.

Ms. Sampath has helped to successfully resolve numerous cases on behalf of employees at various stages of the litigation process, including just weeks before trial. Below are select examples of the types of cases Ms. Sampath has helped settle:

$1.4 million-Multi-plaintiff age discrimination case against Los Angeles based hotel and its owners.

$850,000-False arrest and civil rights violations against employee of major retail store.

$750,000-Disability discrimination case involving corporation's failure to engage in the interactive process and failure to provide reasonable accommodation to employee suffering from life-threatening disability.

$325,000-Sexual harassment of female employee working for defense contractor to U.S. military sexually harassed and retaliated against by her immediate supervisor for complaining about the unlawful conduct.

While in law school, Ms. Sampath served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, Chief Judge Emeritus, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and also clerked full-time for six consecutive months at the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center in San Francisco. Ms. Sampath was one of four graduates honored for her outstanding advocacy and commitment to social justice. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Sampath served as the Director of the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC).

EDUCATION
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, Boston
B.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

ADMISSIONS
California Supreme Court
California Court of Appeals
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

PUBLISHED DECISION AND PUBLICATIONS

Ms. Sampath briefed and argued the case of Wason v. AIG, 2010 WL 1881067 (S.D. Cal.)(2010). The Court held that a supervisor's disability discrimination against an employee constitutes extreme and outrageous conduct under California law and is sufficient to maintain an infliction of emotional distress claim against and individual.
Publications:

Context Matters: Examining the Admissibility of Other Employee/Other Supervisor, or Me too, Evidence in FEHA Discrimination Cases. (Co-authored with V. James DeSimone, 2009). (Click here to read the article)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Ms. Sampath, passionately believes in the importance of giving back to the profession, community, and cultivating the next generation of public interest lawyers. Furthering this philosophy, Ms. Sampath extensively volunteers her time with CELA and other professional organizations and assists local legal institutions actualize their public interest mission.

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