Melora Garrison

Attorney · UCLA School of Law

Melora Garrison is a freelance writer and California lawyer with 15 years of experience litigating cases in state and federal courts. As an attorney at an international law firm, she represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of complex commercial disputes involving employment, unfair competition, antitrust, consumer fraud, class action, and product liability claims. She also represented underserved clients in pro bono matters focusing on gender-based violence and immigration.

Melora received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her law degree from UCLA Law, where she was an editor for the UCLA Law Review.

Articles By Melora Garrison

Maryland Family and Medical Leave
Like employers in every state, Maryland employers must follow the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows eligible employees to take unpaid leave, with the right to reinstateme
Workers' Compensation Benefits for Federal Employees
Federal workers have their own workers’ comp system. Find out if you are eligible, what benefits are available, and how to apply for & get federal workers comp.
Working From Home in California: Does My Employer Have to Reimburse Me for Utilities or Other Expenses?
In the years since the Covid pandemic shut down workplaces across the country, working from home has become a way of life for more and more Americans. The share of people primarily working from home has tripled in recent years, from approximately 6% of the workforce in 2019 to 18% in 2021.
Illinois Workers' Compensation: Claims for Depression, Anxiety, and Other Mental Health Issues
Illinois law gives you the right to seek workers’ comp for mental health issues, but only in certain circumstances.
Workers' Comp in Ohio: Does Ohio Allow Claims for Depression, Anxiety, or PTSD?
If you suffer from a mental health condition caused by work stress—but you haven’t sustained any physical injuries—you’re generally not entitled to recover workers’ comp benefits in Ohio.
Can You Get Workers' Comp Benefits for Mental Health Issues in Pennsylvania?
From toxic bosses and impossible deadlines to traumatic events like workplace shootings, your job can be hard on your mental health. In fact, 40% of American workers say that their job has a negative impact on their mental health.
Family and Medical Leave in New Mexico
Employers in every state, including New Mexico, are subject to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows eligible employees to take unpaid leave, with the right to reinstatem
Exemptions From Workers' Compensation Coverage
Nearly all businesses are required to carry workers’ comp insurance, but there are some exceptions.
California Law on Employer Use of Criminal Background Checks
If you are among the estimated one in three Californians with a criminal record, you might worry about how it will affect your job search. Surveys show that a majority of employers perform criminal background checks when hiring for at least some positions.
What Is AI Discrimination in Recruitment and Hiring?
Employers are increasingly using artificial intelligence (AI) to screen job candidates and make hiring decisions.